MNfusion: 2015 Ivey Award Winner Mikell Sapp Talks 'The Snowy Day'While there may not be much on the ground, Minneapolis Children's Theatre Company is making it snow inside this winter. CTC is presenting the world premiere stage adaptation of "The Snowy Day and Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats."
MNfusion: Director Sarah Rasmussen Talks First Show At Jungle TheaterRasmussen first fell in love with theater on a trip to Minneapolis' Guthrie Theater as a teenager. It was there that she saw her first play by William Shakespeare. It's appropriate then that Rasmussen begins her inaugural season with a love letter in the form of a Shakespearean romantic comedy – "Two Gentlemen of Verona."
MNfusion: 'Newsies' Joey Barreiro Assures Us He Is Kissing The GirlExtra, extra, read all about it, Disney's "Newsies" is coming to Minneapolis! Hennepin Theatre Trust is welcoming another Disney, and Harvey Fierstein, story to its stage at the Orpheum Theatre this February.
MNfusion: St. Paul's Citizen Supper Club Offers A Fresh Take On Traditional DishesIf you're from the Twin Cities there's a chance you may have heard the saying, "You date Minneapolis but you marry St. Paul." Minneapolis is steak tartare while St. Paul is steak and potatoes.
Olympic Gold Medalist Meryl Davis Talks U.S. Figure Skating ChampionshipsPast champions joined the tour by offering their support to those competing. Among the internationally recognized talent was Olympic gold medalist Meryl Davis. During her visit, Davis took time to discuss the importance of the National Championships and why St. Paul is such a perfect fit for the competition.
MNfusion: Playwrights Of 'Right, Wrong or Bomb!' Talk Dating, Friendship & Finding LoveWhether you've succumbed to the notion that dating is doomed or you're happily cuddled up next to the love of your life, playwrights Shannon McDonald and Brittany Shrimpton and composer Rosie Sauvageau feel you can get a laugh out of it. After all, no matter where you are in your journey of love, we can all admit there are some humorous bumps along the way.
MNfusion: 'The Frog Bride' Playwright David Gonzalez Discusses CTC AdaptationChildren's theater is characterized by bright colors, whimsical stories, vibrant characters and bold music. But behind these big presentations is often a bigger message. In fact, many children's shows tell the most memorable and important messages for audiences.
MNfusion: BNW's 'Martini And Olive' Discuss Christmas Cabaret Lounge ActConcocted by Judy Heneghan and Grant Richey in 1992, "Martini and Olive" is a comedy cabaret featuring Tony Martini and Olive Newton John – 1970s Midwestern lounge singers who love Christmas. Along with their manager Vince Vinisky, Heneghan's husband Peter Staloch, and the Swizzle Stick Dancers, they are pouring a glass of Christmas cheer served in a cabaret-lounge show.
MNfusion: Local Actor Tod Petersen Talks Ordway's 'The Sound Of Music'For the 2015 holiday show, The Ordway chose the beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, "The Sound of Music." While it may not be set during the holiday season, the show shares the core message of nearly every other Christmas story – love, courage, family and, of course, song.
MNfusion: Blue Man Ethan Golub Talks Blue Man GroupNow, that show is coming to the Twin Cities. Blue Man Productions presents Blue Man Group at the Orpheum Theatre on Friday, Dec. 18. One of the blue men themselves, Ethan Golub, took some time to chat with me about what it's like to be the man behind the blue.
MNfusion: Creating The Costumes For 'Cirque Dreams Holidaze'This holiday season, Cirque Production is bringing its holiday theme show, Cirque Dreams Holidaze, to the Twin Cities. What always strikes me about these types of shows is how easy the performers make each act look, even when I know how difficult it truly is.
MNfusion: 'Celtic Christmas' Host Katie McMahon Talks Performance, Holiday TraditionsThe Guthrie has "A Christmas Carol," the Pantages has "All Is Clam" and The O'Shaughnessy has "Celtic Christmas." On Friday, December 11 Katie McMahon returns to the stage to perform the annual show.
MNfusion: Minnesota Opera Revives 2014 Production Of 'The Magic Flute'In 2014 the Minnesota Opera performed "The Magic Flute." It wasn't unusual for the company to perform Mozart's masterpiece, but it was an unusual production. In addition to beautiful singers, a lyrical score and fun costumes, this production added the element of animation
MNfusion: Jungle Theater Closes 25th Season With 'The Night Alive'How do we connect to art? It's a question that literary scholars and artists have been pondering for years. Some argue we use art to escape the problems of every day life. Others say we use it as a mirror to see what is wrong with society.
MNfusion: Q&A With 'Beautiful: The Carole King Musical' Star Becky GulsvigEvery generation has its own musical voice. For the women of the 1960s and 70s, no voice was stronger than that of singer/songwriter Carole King. King, who wrote classics such as "I Feel The Earth Move," "It's Too Late" and "A Natural Woman," went on to become one of the most successful female songwriters of the latter half of the 20th century.