Interview with Molly Tynes from Ordway’s A Chorus Line

When you’re trying to make it on Broadway, your dream becomes an obsession. Dance, voice and acting classes, auditions and workshops consume your days. In the Ordway’s production of A Chorus Line, the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning musical, audiences see the grueling audition process that will lead to the break of a lifetime for…

The Amish Project at the Guthrie Theater

On October 2, 2006 gunman Charles Carl Roberts IV, the local milkman, entered the one-room school house in the Amish community of West Nickel Mines, PA ordering the teacher and boys to leave before taking 10 girls hostage. As emergency responders closed in Roberts began shooting the victims before turning the gun on himself. When…

4 Takeaways From BroadwayCon

Last weekend I attended the first ever BroadwayCon presented by Playbill in NYC. Although Winter Storm Jonas did put a damper on some of the events, overall the weekend was a success. Don’t underestimate the dedication of theatre fans – Over 3,000 theatre fans packed the conference rooms of the Hilton New York Midtown Hotel to…

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…