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INTERVIEW: Blue Man Group’s Steven Wendt

Steven Wendt (Blue Man) hails from Kansas City, MO. A graduate of the Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick, MA, and from CalArts in Valencia, CA, he arrived in town this week to perform in the Blue Man Group tour at the Orpheum Theatre. His past performance credits include Blue Man Group–Orlando, Ground

INTERVIEW: The Ordway’s Maria von Trapp: A Conversation with Billie Wildrick

Last year, actress Billie Wildrick delighted audiences as Mother in the Ordway's production of A Christmas Story. When the snows vanished, however, Wildrick was off to Seattle, where musicals about escaping from factory work, drinking, and more drinking awaited. Now, with snow returning, Wildrick herself has returned to play the role of

PREVIEW: Rare Musical Films at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres will show four compilations of rare music films at the Fireside Theatre on select Sunday afternoons in 2016 at 3 pm. Each showing is followed by dinner, and is introduced by film historian Bob DeFlores. The showtimes are: Sunday, February 7: The Soundies - Jukebox musical films of the 1940s Sunday, May 8: Great Comedy

INTERVIEW: Nina Archabal on 1 Year at the Helm of Minnesota Opera

A production photo from Minnesota Opera's 2008 production of Rusalka. Photo by Michal Daniel. In November 2014, Nina Archabal was appointed as Interim General Director at Minnesota Opera. At the time, the organization was not in the best of health: despite overall strong ticket sales, the company had accrued operating deficits in two consecutive

PREVIEW: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

Monty Navarro (Kevin Massey, center) finds himself trapped between his affections for Sibella Hallward (Kristen Beth Williams) and Phoebe D'Ysquith (Adrienne Eller). It takes a long time to plan a Tony award-winning murder comedy and get away with it. Robert Freedman and Steven Lutback, the writers of A Gentleman's Guide to Love

INTERVIEW: After the Mermaid – A Conversation with Caroline Innerbichler

Caroline Innerbichler (Ariel) examines Tyler Michaels (Prince Eric) in Chanhassen Dinner Theatres' 2014 production of Disney's The Little Mermaid. Photo by Heidi Bohnenkamp. The Ordway's self-produced production of the classic musical The Sound of Music opens on Saturday. One of the leads in this production is Caroline Innerbichler, a dazzling local actress who

Arts Practitioners, Educators Hail ESSA Passage

Today, the United States Senate voted to approve the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), sending this law to the White House. President Obama is expected to sign the act into law tomorrow, initiating one of the most broad changes in U.S. public education since the passage of the No Child Left

Magic Flute Revamp Rules Box Office

The Queen of the Night may not have succeeded in Mozart's The Magic Flute, but Minnesota Opera certainly did. The company's recent revival of its 2014 staging of the opera completely sold out, with 9,808 tickets purchased for the six public performances. Throw in about 150 people for the first dress rehearsal and 1,600 eager high