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MNfusion: ‘Kinky Boots’ Is Loud, Proud And A Tubular Sensation

I’d certainly heard of “Kinky Boots.” But aside from title I knew that Harvey Fierstein wrote the script and Cyndi Lauper wrote the music. That was it. Knowing little about the show, and knowing that many newer musicals haven’t been met with the best reviews, I was a little skeptical.

07/29/2015

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Hennepin Avenue Trust Hosts 101th Annual SpotLight Showcase

The 10th annual SpotLight Showcase is coming to the State Theatre. For two nights some of Minnesota’s most talented musical theater students will take to the stage an perform a number of songs, scenes and more.

05/12/2015

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MNfusion: Q&A With ‘Jersey Boys’ Frankie Valli

Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons have returned to the stage in Minneapolis as the tour of “Jersey Boys” makes a stop at the Orpheum Theater. So, c’mon Marianne put your red dress on and walk like a man down to Minneapolis to see “Jersey Boys.”

04/30/2015

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MNfusion: New Century Theatre Revives “Happy Days” In New Musical

In January the State Theatre traveled back to the 1950s with “I Love Lucy: Live on Stage,” coming up at the end of the month, the Pantages will step into the ’60s with “Jersey Boys” and this Friday the New Century Theatre will also rewind to ’50s with a musical version of the 1970s show “Happy Days.”

04/22/2015

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MNfusion: Orpheum’s Annie Is Classic, Comfortable

While part of the fun of theater is experiencing an unknown story with new characters and songs, sometimes you just want to be comfortable enough to sing along. The Orpheum’s latest production, “Annie,” gives audiences that perfect level of comfort.

04/02/2015

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MNfusion: Orpheum’s ‘Beauty And The Beast’ Enchanting, Magical

There are few things sadder than re-watching a movie you loved as a child only to find it no longer entertaining. The same can be said for watching adaptations of those beloved stories. Of course, as a child of the early 90s, I am well acquainted with the Disney animated classic “Beauty and the Beast.” In fact, it’s probably one of my favorite Disney movies of all time.

03/11/2015

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MNfusion: Q&A With ‘Girls Only’ Star Melanie Wehrmacher

it’s reflecting on uniquely female experiences that help us bond with other women and laugh during each new challenge life throws at us. It’s what makes us better than men. Just kidding! (Sort of). And it’s also what “Girls Only: The Secret Comedy of Women” is all about.

03/03/2015

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‘Pippin’ Has Got Magic To Do

The Tony Award-winning musical “Pippin” is now playing at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Minneapolis. The circus-inspired show won four Tonys in 2013, including Best Musical Revival. The original 1972 Broadway production was directed and choreographed by the legendary Bob Fosse.

02/18/2015

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MNfusion: Theater Latté Da’s ‘Oliver’ Debuts At The Pantages

Audiences were clearly delighted at seeing the return of “Oliver” Saturday evening in downtown Minneapolis. The show opened Saturday evening at the Pantages Theatre as the third collaboration between Theater Latté Da and the Hennepin Trust Company as part of the Broadway Re-imagined series.

02/09/2015

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MNfusion Review: ‘I Love Lucy® Live On Stage’

Going into the performance of “I Love Lucy, Live On Stage,” I must admit, my expectations were not very high. It turns out that may have been to my advantage, as I felt the show was a fun, well-executed tribute to the beloved TV program.

01/22/2015

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Curiocity: Q&A With Star Of ‘Ghost: The Musical’

When it comes to romantic love stories, few tales can compete with the classic film, Ghost. The story of a lost love from beyond the grave returning as a spiritual presence to comfort and protect the woman he loves gives new meaning to one’s eternal adoration.

06/18/2014

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4-29-14 Laura Osnes Visits The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee

CLICK THE LINK above to hear one of the brightest stars on Broadway, Laura Osnes, talk about the Spotlight Theater Program.

04/29/2014

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PODCAST PAGE: The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee 4-29-14

Wild win in Game 6! To listen to Mike Max and Sid Hartman’s Recap, Click the LINK ABOVE to go to the Podcast Page

04/29/2014

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Curiocity: MSU Grad, Bismarck Native On Performing In ‘Once’

Since the 2007 film, people have been enthralled with a little independent Irish film that was made for a mere $150,000. It was shot in less than 20 days but went on to gross more than $20 million worldwide.

03/28/2014

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Curiocity: 2014-2015 Broadway Season Announced

A selection of Tony Award-winning shows, Minnesota premieres and classic favorites make up this year’s Broadway line-up at the Hennepin Theatre Trust.

01/22/2014

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Curiocity Review: ‘700 Sundays’ Is Heartwarming, Delightful

At the end of his one-man show, Billy Crystal answered the question many may have been wondering — after being on Broadway, why bring the show only to Minneapolis?

10/24/2013

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Curiocity: They’re All NOT Going To Laugh At MMT’s ‘Carrie’

There was a time that the title “Carrie: The Musical” was as much synonymous with failure in musical theater lore as “Heaven’s Gate” and “Howard the Duck” were for movies. It was Carrie herself, and the entire rest of the world took relish in dumping metaphorical pig’s blood on that sacrificial lamb.

10/09/2013

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Curiocity: Q&A With ‘Wicked’s’ Leading Lady

One of the most popular and beloved musicals is coming back to Minneapolis. Wicked begins a six-week tour on Wednesday at the Orpheum Theatre, following three highly successful runs in the Twin Cities since 2006.

09/17/2013

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Messersmith To Launch New Minn. Music Series

Minneapolis singer-songwriter Jeremy Messersmith is launching a new Minnesota music series. Hennepin Theatre Trust says Messersmith will launch the New Century Sessions. The series is aimed at giving artists a chance not only to play but also share the evolution of their work.

08/21/2013

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Local Artists Needed For Hennepin Avenue Display

Calling all artists. A new project is being launched in Block E and the Hennepin Theater Trust wants your work. The idea is to give business owners a whole new perspective on what available usable space can offer them, energizing the area by filling blank store front canvasses with art.

08/08/2013

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Curiocity Review: ‘War Horse’ Is A Compelling, Captivating Creation

“This is a play that’s unlike anything anyone’s ever seen before.” That was the early promise from War Horse’s lead actor, Alex Morf, when I talked to him earlier this week. After seeing the performance Wednesday night during the show’s debut at the Orpheum Theatre, I can’t help but completely agree.

06/13/2013

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Curiocity: Q&A With The Stars Of ‘Flashdance’

Get out your leg warmers and slouch your cut-off sweatshirt — “Flashdance, the Musical” is taking over Minneapolis.

04/04/2013

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Hennepin Theatre’s 2013-2014 Broadway Season

You can start making plans now to see some Broadway musicals at the Orpheum Theatre later this year and next year.

02/28/2013

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Curiocity: Shhh, ‘Book Of Mormon’ — You Had Me At ‘Hello’

From the get-go, fresh-faced, wide-eyed young men in crisp white shirts and perfectly tightened black ties promised to share the story of a book — a book that would change our lives. Well, mission accomplished, boys.

02/07/2013

Carol Burnett, center, talks with actor-comedian John Byner, left and actress Margaret O''Brien at the 15th Annual Gypsy Award February 11, 2001 in Beverly Hills, CA. Burnett, the veteran Broadway stage, television and film star was the recipient of the award given by the Professional Dancers Society.

Carol Burnett Adds May Show At State Theatre

Award-winning actress Carol Burnett is coming to the historic State Theatre in May, officials announced Tuesday morning.

01/29/2013

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