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REVIEW: A Sweet, Sweet Spirit with the Cyrus Chestnut Trio (Vieux Carré)

The Cyrus Chestnut Trio featuring Buster Williams and Lenny White. Photo courtesy of the AMI Agency. Some consider Cyrus Chestnut the finest jazz pianist of this generation. Without a doubt, he is one of the most entertaining; last evening at Vieux Carré, he arrived boosted by two excellent recent albums (2017's There’s

NEWS: The 2018 MN Theater Award Honorees

The 2018 Minnesota Theater Awards took place on Monday, September 24 at ARIA in Minneapolis. Last night, the 2018 Minnesota Theater Awards party unfolded at Aria. Unusually, there were no award recipients announced – only honorees who had been nominated. In a typically Minnesotan development, the organizers announced last week that they

INTERVIEW: Cantus on Lorelei and Cross-Country Concertizing

The Boston-based Lorelei Ensemble, which joins Cantus for a concert this Thursday at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. This Thursday will witness a rare choral event: the Twin Cities-based, all-male vocal ensemble Cantus sharing a program with the celebrated, Boston-based, all-female Lorelei Ensemble. The two ensembles will join forces

REVIEW: If/Then/Anoka: Yes (Lyric Arts)

The cast of Lyric Arts' production of the musical If/Then. Photo courtesy of Lyric Arts. Impressive is the word that best describes my experience at Lyric Arts Main Street Stage’s production of the Broadway musical If/Then.  The word describes both the theatre as well as the performance.  Lyric Arts has been

REVIEW: A Lawyer’s Look at Legally Blonde (Artistry)

A courtroom scene in Artistry's production of Legally Blonde. Photo by Devon Cox. Having been both blonde and a law student, the title Legally Blonde always catches my attention, whether it is the 2001 Reese Witherspoon movie or the 2007 Broadway musical. The stage adaptation currently being presented by Artistry features a book by

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