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Ordway Center for the Performing Arts

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

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Houses the big Broadway touring performances.


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    The latest iteration of Andrew Lloyd Webber's overwrought Evita arrives at the Ordway with a well-staged but ultimately empty production. The singers hit all of the notes. The scenes move...
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    Viewed from the bleachers, the orchestrated movements of cheerleading squads strive to impress with an exuberant presentation of perfect synchronicity. This surface unity, however, has been...
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    TU Dance is the brainchild of Uri Sands and Toni Pierce-Sands, former members of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. This 10th anniversary performance features "Hikari," an...
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    The Blue Man Group is a well-oiled performance machine, even in their lighter moments. During one sequence of Tuesday's performance at the Ordway in St. Paul, the trio of painted performers...
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    Throughout our long and arduous winters, the Minnesota Opera has consistently provided a much needed respite from our barren landscapes via a passionately performed slate of classic works...
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    Put aside the complex history, the questions of racial stereotypes, and the altered nature of the piece for a moment, and The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess is a gorgeous night of music.Audiences...
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    Last night, Ordway Center for the Performance Arts announced the lineup for its 2014-15 season. Each year, the downtown St. Paul space plays host to a variety of happenings, such as...
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    For all the accolades showered upon the iconic figures of early cinema history, the movie industry consistently followed a coldly pragmatic practice of letting temperamental public opinion...
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    Last week, South African choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo won its fourth Grammy Award: Best World Music Album for 2013's Live: Singing for Peace Around the World. Ladysmith has been...
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    Rennie Harris's Puremovement company gives the athletics and poetics of hip-hop dance equal time. The liquidity, warp speed, and gymnastic virtuosity of the form come straight from the...
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    Adaptations of Shakespeare are always tricky. If you're overly respectful, the results can feel like an unimaginative copy. Change too much, and you might be charged with desecrating the...
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    Ever Since L. Frank Baum took a look at his filing cabinet and dubbed his magical land "Oz," the adventures of Dorothy, the Wizard, and the crazy creatures that inhabit the magical land have...
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    Though Arabella has long carried a mixed reputation, based primarily upon the pre-completion death of Strauss's frequent collaborator, the librettist Hugo von Hofmannsthal, the work has...
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    As the lights went down after intermission Saturday evening at The Light in the Piazza, I looked over and saw that the only person left in my row was a lone gent in the middle. The groups to...
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    Thwarted by personal responsibilities and financial limitations, many would-be world travelers have reluctantly placed their international adventures on hold. There is, however, a better...
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    For the next few weeks, Jessica Fredrickson and Aleks Knezevich will get to rehearse their own upcoming wedding every night onstage in Theatre Latte Da's production of Light in the Piazza.In...
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    Those who lament Hollywood's tendency to remake preexisting works should take heart in the knowledge that adaptations have a long history across art forms. In exceptional instances, the...
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    Since its debut in 2004, John Patrick Shanley's Doubt: A Parable has won the Tony and Pulitzer prizes, been adapted into a movie starring Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman, and been...
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    Over the last year, the Ordway has presented a series examining the great composers and songwriters of the Broadway Songbook, centered on sharing stories and songs. For the latest subject,...
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    There's a scene in the 2003 Yuletide comedy Elf in which the central character, Buddy (played with unhinged innocence by Will Ferrell), summarizes the four basic food groups as candy, candy...
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    Depicting the fateful final days of Anne Boleyn, the second of Henry VIII's six wives, Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti's Anna Bolena continues to elicit palpable heartache from the tragic...
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    It's no wonder that Stephen Sondheim loves puzzles, as the composer's shows often need to be solved as much as staged.For Theatre Latte Da's Peter Rothstein, staging Sondheim's Company...
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    In his essential memoir/lyric compendium/collection of grumpy-old-man thoughts Finishing the Hat, Stephen Sondheim observed that Company was a landmark, and one that divided audiences and...
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    I would say that Fela! is an unlikely Broadway hit, except that the last few years have blown a lot of the dust off the traditional musical. Still, a two-and-a-half-hour show centered on a...
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    Myron Johnson is known primarily for his outrageous wit and over-the-top theatricality. "Faith: A Dance for Life" swerves toward Johnson's spiritual side. Commissioned by the Ordway Center,...
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    Predating the goth subculture by decades, The Addams Family remains one of pop culture's most delightfully twisted takes on family values. So the members dress almost entirely in black,...
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    Opera aficionados need no introduction to Madame Butterfly. The seminal work by Italian composer Giacomo Puccini remains one of the most frequently produced and revered works in opera's...
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    As a narrative subject meant to incite heady passions, forbidden love remains a cornerstone of the performing arts. But whereas Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet ranks as the star-crossed...
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    Is there any romantic venture fraught with more peril than the blind date? Whether orchestrated by mutual friends or an automated service, the arranged meeting of two supposedly compatible...
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    Producer Mark Johnson traversed the globe recording mainly street musicians singing verses of classic tunes that he spliced into melting-pot nuggets for a documentary and album. Most...
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    Ronald K. Brown's powerhouse dances mix West African, Cuban, Caribbean, and American modern dance to produce electrifying moves with a strong, spiritual base. His thrilling company of...
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    The Ordway heads into the holidays with a slightly different tactic, presenting a classic, magical Rodgers and Hammerstein musical for the Christmas season. Cinderella began its life on...
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    Those seeking holiday expressions that go beyond Hallmark platitudes and department-store spending sprees would do well to treat themselves to Silent Night, an early Christmas present of...
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    The unexpected Broadway smash and Tony Award-winning musical comes to the Twin Cities in a production that will be loaded with local references. The interactive play's location will be...
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    In 1982, Twyla Tharp premiered "Nine Sinatra Songs" with her own dance company, after choreographing a duet "One More Frank," and exploring turn-of-the-century exhibition and ballroom...
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