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REVIEW: Reborn Flower Drum Song (Mu/Park Square)

Photo by Rich Ryan. It was particularly poignant that Mu Performing Arts and Park Square Theatre chose this past weekend to open their co-production of the musical Flower Drum Song with its story of immigrants and their assimilation into American life.  This updated version of the 1950s musical by Richard Rodgers

PREVIEW: Nina Simone: Four Women Returns to Park Square

Photo by Petronella J. Ytsma. Nina Simone: Four Women, which made more than one critic's Top 10 list for 2016, is returning for a limited engagement at Park Square Theater from February 7 through February 26.  Christina Ham’s play "transcends a simple biopic setup into a well-crafted dialogue between women of the Civil

REVIEW: Patti LaBelle Still Has It (State Theatre)

When Patti LaBelle burst onto the stage singing “New Attitude” at her recent concert at the State Theatre, it was evident that this 72-year-old rhythm and blues singer was not relying on her legendary past to carry her through the concert. Instead, she used energy, warmth and some great moves,

REVIEW: Melissa Etheridge – Take 1 (Ordway)

On Thursday night, the temperature plunged to -2 degrees; not to be deterred, Melissa Etheridge’s loyal fans trudged out to the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St. Paul to see her. They were rewarded by a performance with Etheridge's trademark raspy voice in top form as she belted out her

PREVIEW: Melissa Etheridge @ The Ordway

Tomorrow, singer-songwriter and all-around rocker Melissa Etheridge descends on the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts for a one night-only engagement.  Etheridge emerged in the 1990s as one of the decade's most prominent women songwriters, a distinction she shared with both Jewel and Sheryl Crow. Her self-titled album Melissa Etheridge made the Billboard

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

REVIEW: Backstabbing Galore in The Lion in Winter

The cast of the Guthrie Theater's The Lion in Winter. Photo by Heidi Bohnenkamp. A dysfunctional and scheming family dynamic played out at a Christmas gathering is the premise of the latest Guthrie Show.  This family is the royal family of England, however, and the Christmas occurs in the 12th Century.