A Night With Janis Joplin at the Ordway

After a Tony Awards®-nominated performance on Broadway, Mary Bridget Davies brings her incarnation of Janis Joplin to the Ordway in Saint Paul. If you’re expecting a traditional Broadway show like Jersey Boys or Beautiful, you’ll be disappointed. This isn’t a story of Janis’ life and how she become the rock legend we know today. Instead,…

Beauty and the Beast at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres

  Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is loved as much today as it was 25 years ago; when the movie was originally released. Today, girls who grew up wanting to be Belle are introducing their daughters and nieces to the bookish young woman, her inventor father Maurice, the town meathead Gaston, the ghastly Beast, and…

A Chorus Line at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts

It has been 40 years since A Chorus Line originally took audiences inside the audition for a Broadway musical. A lot has changed in musical theater over the years; Broadway has grown immensely, the demand for splashy new shows has increased and box office records have been shattered. But one thing remains… there is always…

2015 Theatre Favorites

We are already almost halfway through January 2016, so why not relive some of my Twin Cities theatre favorites from 2015? It was hard to pick complete favorites. The community is full of so many talented actors, designers, directors, playwrights and musicians which means the options are endless when it comes to seeing shows. But…

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Lyric Arts

For Lyric Arts’ newest production a modestly designed stage of bleachers, a table, a microphone and a piano greet the audience. You would think you stumbled into the rehearsal of a show and not an actual performance. But make no mistake, this unassuming stage is the set for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,…

Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder at the State Theatre

What happens when a man discovers he’s the distant heir to a family fortune and the title of Earl? Well, in the case of Monty Navarro you start eliminating the eight people standing between you and the title. In Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, playing at the State Theatre in Minneapolis through Sunday, there…

7th House Theater’s The Great Work

Writing an original musical is hard. Writing one with a powerful and relevant story is even harder. But Grant Sorenson and David Darrow have created one of the best new works I’ve seen in years with The Great Work. Playing in the Guthrie Theater’s Dowling Studio through January 3, The Great Work is a story…