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INTERVIEW: Randy Reyes on Flower Drum Song, Mu, and More

A scene from Mu Performing Arts' 2008 production of Flower Drum Song. Photo by Michal Daniel. It's been three years plus change since Randy Reyes took over the artistic directorship of Mu Performing Arts from founder Rick Shiomi. In the interim, Reyes has been busy, leading the nationally acclaimed Asian American theatre company

REVIEW: The Rose Ensemble’s A Rose in Winter

"A rose by any other name would smell as sweet" quoth Juliet in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. But would an ensemble of any other name sing as sweet? The Rose Ensemble's current program, A Rose in Winter, looks at first glance like it might be a play on The Lion in Winter over

REVIEW: All is Calm (Hennepin Theatre Trust)

Photo by George Byron Griffiths. Peter Rothstein's All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 is an odd theatrical bird. This dramatic reading of soldiers' letters and diary entries from World War 1 is woven together by exquisite singing of English, Welsh, French, and German-language folk songs, often in many parts. It's

REVIEW: Retro Walk in White Christmas (Ordway)

Photo by Rich Ryan Photography. It is only fitting that our first major snowfall occurred the same night that the Ordway’s White Christmas opened.  This locally produced show is a revival of the Ordway’s 2008 production.  Director James A. Rocco and Musical Director Jeff Rizzo combine their talents with Irving Berlin’s

FEATURE: On Hamilton

Daveed Diggs as Thomas Jefferson and the ensemble of Hamilton. Last Friday, the Hennepin Theatre Trust delighted Twin Cities theatregoers with a succinct message to its email subscribers: The national tour of the Broadway musical HAMILTON will play the Orpheum Theatre as part of the 2018-2019 Broadway on Hennepin Season. The best way

INTERVIEW: Dieter Bierbrauer on White Christmas

Brian Sostek as Phil Davis and Dieter Bierbrauer as Bob Wallace in the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts' production of White Christmas. "Will it be a white Christmas?" It's still a little early to answer this perennial question in the Twin Cities, but if you head on over to St. Paul's

INTERVIEW: Christopher Ash on Set Design, Lions

A humble throne (upstage center) is dwarfed by the massive staircase in the Guthrie Theater's production of The Lion in Winter. Photo by Heidi Bohnenkamp. Sit down to watch a production of The Lion in Winter at the Guthrie and one of the first things you'll notice is the monumental set design. This evocative

NEWS: Ordway Announces 2017-2018 Musicals

The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts announced today its 2017-2018 Musical Theater Series. This series will be sponsored by Bremer Bank and features four classic shows: Jesus Christ Superstar – July 18-23, 2017 Kinky Boots – August 8-13, 2017 In the Heights – September 12-17, 2017 Annie – December 7-31, 2017 Jesus

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