“With all of the fabulous restaurants in St. Paul and the recent addition of the Green Line, there’s never been a better time to make a night at the Ordway a special event,” Ordway’s President & CEO, Patricia A. Mitchell said. “We’re very excited about the wide variety of performances coming to the Ordway stage this fall.” You can find a reason for a great night out at the Ordway, whether it is girls’ night out, date night or family night.

(credit: Wikipedia)

(credit: Wikipedia)

345 Washington St.
St. Paul, MN 55102
(651) 224-4222

For girls’ night out, try the October touring production of “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” a 1920s-era Broadway-style musical filled with Gershwin classics. Ask your date to Ordway’s kick-off of its popular World Music & Dance Series with hip-swinging Cubano rhythms. Then kick up your heals on Ordway’s special dance floor. Bring the family to “A Christmas Story: The Musical.” This musical version of the beloved movie is filled with nostalgia and is perfect for every age.

Another important thing to note is that the Ordway has its own concierge service, available for no cost to subscribers. Ordway’s concierge can have flowers or chocolates waiting on your seats for date night, can help with hard-to-get reservations or can even have a bottle of wine chilling at your favorite spot for after the show. Call the concierge line at (651) 282-3114 to make arrangements.

Date Night
Nachito Herrera and his Cuban Orchestra

Date: Oct. 5, 2014

Start the night with a romantic dinner at Forepaugh’s Restaurant, which is situated in an old mansion, or Pazzaluna. After dinner, come to the Ordway to see Nachito Herrera and his Cuban Orchestra. Herrera blends classical music with traditional Cuban rhythms and Latin jazz for a style unlike any other. The concert also features a dance floor. After the show, take a walk through beautiful Rice Park, and then have a nightcap at The St. Paul Grill. Spend the evening at the newly expanded historic Saint Paul Hotel.

Related: Best Date Ideas For Art Lovers In Minnesota

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

Girls’ Night Out
“Nice Work If You Can Get It”

Dates: Oct. 14-19, 2014

Take the Green Line into St. Paul so you don’t have to worry about driving or parking. Walk the few short blocks towards the Ordway and stop for pre-show drinks. The St. Paul Hotel’s Lobby Bar is great for wine or cocktails, and Great Waters is perfect for beer and a more relaxing atmosphere. Head to the Ordway to see “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” a 1920s-era feel-good musical, complete with extravagant dance numbers, glittering costumes and Gershwin classics. After the show, head to Amsterdam Bar for post-show drinks and late night live music.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

Family Night
“A Christmas Story: The Musical”

Dates: Nov. 29 through Dec. 28, 2014

Beat the crowds and have an early dinner at Cossetta. This family-friendly restaurant is a St. Paul favorite, known for its reasonable process and delicious Italian food. Head over to Landmark Plaza (next to Rice Park) for some free ice-skating at Wells Fargo Winter Skate. It’s free to skate and only $2 for skate rental. Warm up with a cup of hot cocoa. Next, go see the Ordway’s holiday classic, “A Christmas Story: The Musical.” Based on the popular movie, this holiday production is filled with nostalgia and is perfect for the entire family. If you can make it to the December 4 performance, the Ordway will host Kids Night on Broadway, with free pre-show activities for kids at 6:30 p.m. Be sure to spend some time exploring the Ordway’s lobby, which is extravagantly decorated top to bottom by Bachman’s. There are lots of fun photo ops.

Related: Best Museums For Dates In Minnesota

Robin Johnson was born in Annandale, Minn. and graduated from Richfield High School and then the University of Minnesota where he studied Political Science, Business and Industrial Relations. A writer for Examiner.com, he also consults with a variety of organizations and individuals helping them develop and grow. His work can be found at Examiner.com.