Paint Your Wagon at the Ordway

The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts kicked off their 31st season on Wednesday, with the opening of Lerner & Lowe’s Paint Your Wagon. The musical about leaving your life behind to head west in hopes of striking it rich with gold is being presented in collaboration with Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre. Billed as a…

Glensheen at the History Theatre

When the murder weapon is a silk pillowcase and candlestick, you would think the murders took place during a game of Clue. Unfortunately, these murders are real and have been the fascination of Minnesotans for decades. When heiress Elizabeth Congdon and her nurse Velma were murdered on June 27, 1977, it appeared to be a…

Disney’s The Lion King at the Orpheum Theatre

On July 8, 1997, Disney’s The Lion King debuted as a stage musical at Minneapolis’ Orpheum Theatre before bowing on Broadway. Now, the musical is Broadway’s third longest-running show in history and is the highest grossing Broadway production of all time, having grossed more than $1 billion. After 19 years and several international productions and…

Million Dollar Quartet at Old Log Theater

Sam Phillips may be a name you’re not familiar with. But in his tiny converted garage studio in Memphis, he launched the careers of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, C arl Perkins and Roy Orbison with his Sun Record Studios. While these musical legends were still on the rise, he managed to capture…

The Book of Mormon at the Orpheum Theatre

In 2011, The Book of Mormon took Broadway by storm with what could easily be described as one of the most controversial musicals at the time. Which is no surprise since the show is written by Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the creators of South Park. Now, 5 years later the show is still topping…

Bullets Over Broadway at the Ordway

A little over two years ago I was at the Broadway opening night for Bullets Over Broadway. Despite the glitz and glamour of the night, not to mention checking attending a Broadway opening night off the bucket list, the show fell flat. So I was curious on how I’d like the National Tour when it…

Shrek the Musical at Lyric Arts

In an upside down kingdom, an ogre named Shrek (Martino Gabriel-Mayotte) is hired to rescue the spirited Princess Fiona (Anna Larranaga) and bring her to DuLoc to marry Lord Farquaad (Kyler Chase), a man short in stature but big in ambition. But, when you have a donkey who talks non-stop and a dozen fairy tale…