The Ordway Center For The Performing Arts announced the productions that will make up the theater’s 2015 – 2016 season Monday. This upcoming season is a particularly special one as the organization is celebrating 30 years of theatrical art and musical productions.
When tackling a well-known piece of theater there are two paths to take: stay true to the original work as much as possible or add in a twist. Both paths offer challenges to directors and actors, and both open the performance up to criticism for either not living up to previous performances or for missing the mark with the new artistic choice.
Musical Mondays pairs these two by offering audiences a taste of local performers, and offering local performers a space to explore their range of talent. So, I sat down with the people who are working to make everyone’s Monday a bit more musical, Max Wojtanowicz and Sheena Janson.
One of the Guthrie Theater’s most popular plays is back, just in time for the holidays. This marks the 40th season of Charles Dickens’ immortal tale “A Christmas Carol.” This year, there’s a new twist on Crispin Whittell’s adaptation.
In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre in Minneapolis is bringing back its bilingual Nativity story this Christmas season. “La Natividad” combines puppetry, street theater and audience participation.
The Twin Cities has a vibrant theatre community and a deep appreciation for the arts. So one man sought to celebrate the talent we have here with by creating the the Ivey Awards.
You have to give it to John Cal. He’s a guy who can make things happen. The Twin Cities resident and long-time musician/composer would make Judy Garland and Andy Rooney happy, as he prepares to launch the premiere of the stage musical Philly.The show is rooted in Yonkers, NY, where Cal grew up. Passionate about music from the get-go, Cal had a garage band by age 16 and a lot of ambition to go with it.
CLICK THE LINK above to hear one of the brightest stars on Broadway, Laura Osnes, talk about the Spotlight Theater Program.
Minnesota playwright Jeffrey Hatcher is taking his one-man show about his childhood experience staging Hamlet on the road this month. “Jeffrey Hatcher’s Hamlet” will travel to seven Minnesota communities. Hatcher was 11 when he adapted, directed and performed in Shakespeare’s drama “Hamlet” for a fifth-grade English class in Steubenville, Ohio.
The actor who portrays Juan Peron discussed EVITA with John Hines. Listen to the Podcast by clicking the link above.
A night at the theater often means driving to the city for shows at the Ordway, Guthrie or Orpheum. But one couple has been keeping the suburbs entertained for more than five years.
Before a movie starts, you’ll see ads on the screen and previews of coming attractions, but it’s an old-time attraction drawing customers to one Twin Cities theater.
Turns out, Dorothy, from ‘The Wizard of Oz?’ Nothing but a trouble-making farm girl that ruined everything. That’s right. We were lead to believe she was nothing more than an innocent, naive lost child from Kansas, just trying to find her way home somewhere over the rainbow. But we know better now.
The Guthrie Theatre is celebrating its 50th anniversary this weekend in Minneapolis. Spokeswoman Trish Santini says it all began in the early 1960s when founder Tyrone Guthrie was looking for a home for what he envisioned to be a world-class, regional theater. Guthrie wanted a space with all of the top-notch talent of Broadway
Check out these interesting alternatives in Minnesota to the usual summer blockbuster movies.
To find their Mr. Darcy, the Guthrie Theater in Minnesota has turned to a Mad Man. Vincent Kartheiser, who plays the malcontent Pete Campbell on AMC’s “Mad Men,” will star this summer in a new Guthrie production of “Pride and Prejudice” as the brooding hero of Jane Austen’s most famous novel.
Doesn’t Broadway deserve a little Triple Espresso?
Valentine’s weekend is the time for a night out. Check out the happenings in your area to make it the best ever.
The Penumbra Theatre in St. Paul, the nation’s largest and most esteemed African-American theater, announced it is temporarily halting all shows.
From the movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colo. to Sunday’s temple attack outside Milwaukee, Wis. — two mass shootings in two weeks have raised a lot of Good Questions.
Once school is out and children are free of their educational duties for the summer, it’s “I’m bored” time. Even though summertime should be relaxing, kids need playtime, which offers parents the opportunity to keep educating them all summer long. These summertime theater camps, the best in Minnesota, may be the remedy that every family needs for a boredom-free summer break that will nurture young performers.
The Twin Cities theater community is mourning the loss of one of their own.
Funding cuts and the recession have created hard times for many actors. But somehow, a professional theater in a small Minnesota town is still thriving.
It’s not just about the popcorn or big name stars anymore: 3-D is the buzz in movie making. Even Titanic, released 15 years ago, is coming back to the big screen in the new form. So, how do they make an old movie 3D? Good Question.
The Heights movie theater stands out from its surroundings, taller than the nearby businesses and quite a bit flashier.