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DanceBrazil out, Ballet Hispanico in at Ordway

Not every relationship's prepared to survive the Minnesota winter. As wet snow hit the pavement in the Twin Cities, the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts announced today that DanceBrazil will no longer be hitting its halls on January 14. The NYC-based dance company has quietly cancelled its U.S. tour,

The Dean of American Musical Theatre

When Aaron Copland died in 1990, a flood of obituaries hailed the composer as the "Dean of American Music." In the 25 years since his passing, no composer has picked up the reins; no successor has arisen whose music for the concert hall is popular, universally respected, and profoundly influential

LOOK INSIDE: Edgar Allan Poe’s Nutcracker (the un-ballet)

All photos by Scott Pakudaitis and courtesy of Interact. A sure sign of the March on Christmas (not to be confused with the War on Christmas) is the opening of The Nutcracker at a theatre near you. Somehow, somewhere, even if you find a new way of living, a Nutcracker will always be there come

PREVIEW: Reflection: Made Here

A piece by artist-in-residence Erik Pearson. Photo by Bailey Cahlender. On Thursday, December 3, the Hennepin Theatre Trust launches Reflection: Made Here, the latest installment in the public art series presented by Andersen Windows. In the past year, downtown buildings have come and gone, a new hotel is rising on Hennepin, and the site

REVIEW: Old Log’s Wedding Singer = Fun Retro Trip

The Adam Sandler/Drew Barrymore film The Wedding Singer was a surprise hit in 1998. Its stage adaptation landed on Broadway in 2006 and was less so, running for just 284 performances – quite respectable 40 years ago, but much less than stellar with current Broadway economics. The show was hailed as generally appealing,

Before the Mermaid, a Papagena

One of the attractions of live theatre is the near-infinite list of what can go wrong during a performance and the special delight taken in seeing what the cast does in response. Last year, a backdrop tumbled to the floor in the middle of "On This Night of A Thousand Stars" when Evita opened

Park Redesigns in the Air at Lake Calhoun, Lake Harriet

Major changes are being discussed for the Lake Calhoun and Lake Harriet Parks. The Star Tribune's Steve Brandt has the story. Redesigning the Lake Calhoun Park and its surround streets has been a source of repeated discussion for many years, especially with growing residential density and commercial use on Lake Street and

REVIEW: Beautiful = Beautiful

Carole King (Abby Mueller) busts out in "Natural Woman." Background: (L to R) Britney Coleman, Sarah Bockel and Ashley Blanchet. Photo by Joan Marcus. On Wednesday, the Hennepin Theatre Trust opened two related but very different affairs. One was the branding launch of WeDo™, the recently christened West Downtown Cultural District

INTERVIEW: Dancer/Choreographer Gioconda Barbuto

Dancer/Choreographer Gioconda Barbuto in Tangente's Respiro. Photo by Michael Slobodian. One of the highlights of TU Dance's show at the O'Shaughnessy this weekend is a new piece by choreographer Gioconda Barbuto. Barbuto is an internationally renown dancer, an award-winning choreographer, and a Kennedy Center Fellowship nominee; she is also the 2015 recipient of

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