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Last Chance to Nominate for 2014 BWW Awards! - Closes 10/31Last Chance to Nominate for 2014 BWW Awards! - Closes 10/31
Posted: Oct. 29, 2014


Last Chance to Nominate for 2014 BWW Awards! - Closes TodayLast Chance to Nominate for 2014 BWW Awards! - Closes Today
Posted: Oct. 31, 2014


DISENCHANTED! Comes to Minneapolis' Illusion Theater, Now thru 11/23DISENCHANTED! Comes to Minneapolis' Illusion Theater, Now thru 11/23
Posted: Oct. 30, 2014


MJTC to Present THE CHANUKAH GUEST, 12/4-21MJTC to Present THE CHANUKAH GUEST, 12/4-21
Posted: Oct. 29, 2014


Now Playing Onstage in Minneapolis - Week of 10/26/2014Now Playing Onstage in Minneapolis - Week of 10/26/2014
Posted: Oct. 26, 2014


BWW Reviews: Park Square Theatre's 33 VARIATIONS Combines Fascinating Music History with Poignant Family DramaBWW Reviews: Park Square Theatre's Fascinating and Poignant 33 VARIATIONS
Posted: Oct. 31, 2014


HANSEL AND GRETEL to Open at Minnesota Opera, 11/1HANSEL AND GRETEL to Open at Minnesota Opera, 11/1
Posted: Oct. 31, 2014


BWW Reviews: Park Square Theatre's 33 VARIATIONS Combines Fascinating Music History with Poignant Family Drama
by Jill Schafer on October 31, 2014

33 VARIATIONS is part fascinating music history, part poignant family drama, and part classical music concert, which adds up to an entertaining evening of theater. Park Square's production of the Moises Kaufman play satisfies on several levels - intellectual, emotional, musical - and features a great seven-person cast (plus one talented pianist) who bring the past and present together in an intriguing way. This is just one of two shows currently playing at Park Square; St. Paul is the place to be for quality theater. (more...)
Last Chance to Nominate for 2014 BWW Awards! - Closes Today
by BWW Special Coverage on October 31, 2014

Nominations are ending today, October 31, for the 2014 BWW Regional Awards in a record-breaking number of 65 regions! Click on the link below to your region and nominate your favorites now! (more...)
HANSEL AND GRETEL to Open at Minnesota Opera, 11/1
by BWW News Desk on October 31, 2014

What: Hansel and Gretel by composer Engelbert Humperdinck. Sung in German with English translations projected above the stage. A new Minnesota Opera production. Where: Music Theater at Ordway, 345 Washington Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102. (more...)
DISENCHANTED! Comes to Minneapolis' Illusion Theater, Now thru 11/23
by BWW News Desk on October 30, 2014

DISENCHANTED! is a new musical that gives fairytales the bird! The original fairytale princesses are none too happy with the exploitation they've suffered in today's films, books and merchandise. Snow White and her angry band of storybook friends are 'storming the castle' in order to take their lives back! Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, Hua Mulan, The Little Mermaid, Pocahontas and The Princess Who Kissed the Frog unite at Minneapolis' Illusion Theater, Oct. 31 - Nov. 23, 2014 (preview tonight, Oct. 30). (more...)
MJTC to Present THE CHANUKAH GUEST, 12/4-21
by BWW News Desk on October 29, 2014

Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company (MJTC) will feature The Chanukah Guest, a new commission and world premiere production, as its holiday show this year. The Chanukah Guest will run from December 4 - 21, 2014 at Hillcrest Center Theater, 1978 Ford Parkway, St. Paul, MN 55116. This production is appropriate for children ages 3 and up. For tickets, call (651)647-4315 or visit www.mnjewishtheatre.org. (more...)
Last Chance to Nominate for 2014 BWW Awards! - Closes 10/31
by BWW Special Coverage on October 29, 2014

Nominations are soon ending for the 2014 BWW Regional Awards in a record-breaking number of 65 regions! Click on the link below to your region and nominate your favorites now! (more...)
Now Playing Onstage in Minneapolis - Week of 10/26/2014
by BWW on October 26, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 10/26/2014 for Minneapolis (more...)
THE GRINCH Is Running For Office; Vows to Repeal Christmas
by BWW News Desk on October 22, 2014

In a shocking announcement, The Grinch revealed he will be running for office......any office...preferably the largest one...maybe one with a plant. His primary political objective is to be TOUGH on Christmas. Two years ago, he challenged then Mayor of Minneapolis, RT Rybak to cancel Christmas; however he only succeeded in getting fruitcake banned. This year, he is taking the issue to the people! (more...)
Photo Flash: First Look at Reed Sigmund and More in CTC's HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS
by BWW News Desk on October 21, 2014

Children's Theatre Company (CTC) remounts the holiday classic Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, on stage November 11, 2014 to January 4, 2015 on the UnitedHealth Group Stage. Scroll down for a sneak peek at the cast in action! (more...)
BWW Interviews: Getting to Know HELLO DOLLY's Michelle Barber
by Kristen Hirsch Montag on October 22, 2014

Michelle Barber may have played more than 60 roles in her Chanhassen Dinner Theatre career but this role may be the one she's meant to play. BWW Minneapolis got to know this local theatre legend a little better. (more...)
BWW Reviews: Bloomington Civic Theatre's Brilliant Musical NEXT TO NORMAL is Beautiful and Heartbreaking
by Jill Schafer on October 21, 2014

Diverging from the usual feel-good classic musicals, Bloomington Civic Theatre is currently presenting NEXT TO NORMAL, one of the few musicals to win a Pulitzer Prize for drama and perhaps the most brilliantly written musical of this century. Unlike shows like Guys and Dolls or Singin' in the Rain, you won't leave the theater feeling happy and carefree. You'll leave feeling emotionally exhausted and perhaps continuing to think heavy thoughts for several days. NEXT TO NORMAL is not an easy show to watch, but it's such a rich and rewarding experience. I couldn't be happier that there are not one but two local productions if it this season, at BCT now through November 15, and at Yellow Tree Theatre next spring. This was my fifth time seeing NEXT TO NORMAL, and BCT's production is as beautiful and heartbreaking as ever. (more...)
SHAPING SOUND Coming to the Orpheum in January 2015
by BWW News Desk on October 21, 2014

Break the Floor Productions and Hennepin Theatre Trust have announced that North America's hottest new dance show, SHAPING SOUND, will perform one night only at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 at the State Theatre, 805 Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis. (more...)
Park Square's Andy Boss Thrust Stage Opens this Week
by BWW News Desk on October 20, 2014

Park Square Theatre's new Andy Boss Thrust Stage is in final days of construction after years of planning and fundraising, and five months of construction. General Contractor RJM Construction will turn over the keys to Park Square management today. The additional performance venue, located in the lower level of the Historic Hamm Building, is a professionally-equipped performance facility with 203 permanent seats, ticket office, lobby spaces, galleries, rehearsal hall, backstage and dressing rooms. Built at a cost of $3.5 million, the Boss Stage was designed by BWBR Architects; Teresa Sterns of Sterns & Associates is the project manager. Park Square holds a 20-year lease for its newly expanded two-stage facility. (more...)
Now Playing Onstage in Minneapolis - Week of 10/19/2014
by BWW on October 19, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 10/19/2014 for Minneapolis (more...)
BWW Reviews: Ten Thousand Things' Minimalist Production of ROMEO AND JULIET Brings the Classic Story to Life in a Unique Way
by Jill Schafer on October 19, 2014

No one does Shakespeare like Ten Thousand Things. They manage to boil the text down to its bare essentials, and convey the heart of the story in a way that feels fresh and modern. This season they bring their unique Shakespeare style to perhaps his most well-know play, the story of star-crossed lovers that inspired all others, Romeo and Juliet. In the typically minimalist production (since TTT performs on location at prisons, homeless shelters, and community centers, the paid public performances are also in a small, fully lit room with little in the way of sets and costumes), director Peter Rothstein and his fantastic cast of eight playing multiple characters bring this familiar story to life in a unique way. (more...)
BWW Interviews: Getting to Know A STEADY RAIN's Sal Viscuso
by Kristen Hirsch Montag on October 19, 2014

Actor Sal Viscuso never turns down a challenge, which may explain his long career on stage, film and television, where many audience members will recall him from diverse roles. Most recently, he's seen on 'SCANDAL' with director of A STEADY RAIN, Jeff Perry. BWW Minneapolis learned a bit more about him in this interview. (more...)
Naomi Pesky Named Hennepin Theatre Trust VP of External Relations
by BWW News Desk on October 17, 2014

Hennepin Theatre Trust has announced that Naomi Pesky will join the organization in November 2014 as Vice President of External Relations to oversee the overall positioning of the Trust and its leadership role in the new downtown Cultural District. Pesky brings more than 15 years of experience in leading teams, building brands and managing marketing and communications in the non-profit and corporate sectors. She will apply her expertise to developing a brand for the Cultural District, refining Trust messaging and leading the implementation of organizational strategies and resource development. (more...)
77 Schools to Participate in Hennepin Theatre Trust 's 2014-15 SpotLight Musical Theatre Program
by BWW News Desk on October 17, 2014

Hennepin Theatre Trust today announced that a record number of 77 schools will participate in the 2014-2015 SpotLight Musical Theatre Program, including 13 new schools and 17 from greater Minnesota. Now celebrating its Tenth Anniversary, SpotLight is the Trust's premier education initiative which supports and honors Minnesota high school musical theatre students and programs that produce annual musicals. A full list of schools appears below and is also available online at HennepinTheatreTrust.org. (more...)
Gadfly Theatre Productions Present GIRL GUMSHOE AND DETECTIVE DAD, Now thru 10/26
by BWW News Desk on October 17, 2014

A noir parody about growing up and moving forward by local playwright Eli Effinger-Weintraub. Gina views moving day as a flag on the shores of maturity and independence. Too bad her father, Troy, makes immaturity and dependence so exciting. While Gina's mother Irene and girlfriend Sarita do the bulk of the work, Troy and Gina indulge in one last round of Girl Gumshoe and Detective Dad, a game from Gina's childhood. But when Detective Dad thinks he's uncovered a murder, the game takes a turn that threatens relationships, living arrangements, and sanity and forces Gina to choose between security and adventure, past and future. Girl Gumshoe and Detective Dad is a comedy that proves it's never too late to grow up--or to avoid growing up at all costs. Girl Gumshoe will be produced at the People's Center Theatre on the West Bank of Minneapolis, and runs today, October 17th-26th. (more...)
Theatre Pro Rata Opens '1984' Today
by BWW News Desk on October 17, 2014

Tonight, October 17th Theatre Pro Rata will open its 2014-15 season with an adaptation of George Orwell's classic novel 1984 at Intermedia Arts in Minneapolis, MN. The dystopian tale of an authoritarian government that controls every aspect of its citizens' lives has been adapted for the stage by Michael Gene Sullivan. (more...)
2014 BWW Nominations Now Open in Over 65 Regions Worldwide!
by BWW Special Coverage on October 16, 2014

Nominations are NOW OPEN for the 2014 BWW Regional Awards in a record-breaking number of 65 regions! Click on the link below to your region and nominate your favorites now! (more...)
BWW Reviews: In Theater Latte Da's Magnificent Production of MASTER CLASS, Sally Wingert Embodies the Legendary Maria Callas
by Jill Schafer on October 14, 2014

I don't know opera, and I don't believe I had ever heard the name Maria Callas before seeing Theater Latte Da's MASTER CLASS. But I have been educated. I now know that Maria Callas was one of the most talented, dedicated, and fascinating artists of the 20th century. Her paintbrush was her voice, her canvas was the stage, her creation was opera. She sacrificed everything for her art, and had very strong opinions about what art is and what it isn't. She shared those opinions in a series of master classes at Julliard in the early '70s. Playwright Terrence McNally used those classes as the backdrop against which to tell the story of who this woman was in his 1996 Tony-winning play. Her attitude towards art may not lead to the healthiest and happiest of lifestyles, but it does in some cases lead to some exquisite art, both in her singing, and in this magnificent production by Theater Latte Da. (more...)
BWW Reviews: EATING RAOUL Serves Up Murderous Madness
by Libby Ryan on October 13, 2014

With a last name like "Bland," you'd never pick Mary and Paul for sinister scheming. But plotting abounds in Eating Raoul, the musical adaption of the 1980's cult classic at the New Century Theater. (more...)
BWW Album Awards Update: IF/THEN, Ramin, HEDWIG, HEATHERS & More In the Lead...
by BWW Special Coverage on October 12, 2014

Voting is now underway for the First Ever BWW Album Awards to pick the Best in 2013-14's Cast Recordings, Solo Releases, Re-releases & More!! If you haven't voted yet, click here to vote! If you have voted already, tell your friends. (more...)
Now Playing Onstage in Minneapolis - Week of 10/12/2014
by BWW on October 12, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 10/12/2014 for Minneapolis (more...)
Photo Flash: The Guthrie Celebrates Artistic Director Joe Dowling in New York
by BWW News Desk on October 09, 2014

The Guthrie Theater held a cocktail party in New York City this week to celebrate Joe Dowling and his final season at the theater. He leaves in June 2015 after 20 years and as the longest Artistic Director in the theater's history. The party was held at the home of Frank and Frances Wilkinson, board members of the Guthrie Theater. BroadwayWorld has photos from the festivities below! (more...)
Theatre in the Round Players Present THE MARRIAGE OF BETTE AND BOO, Now thru 11/2
by BWW News Desk on October 10, 2014

Theatre in the Round Players (TRP) presents The Marriage of Bette and Boo by Christopher Durang in weekend performances today, October 10 through November 2. (more...)
Mixed Blood Theatre's COLOSSAL Opens Today
by BWW News Desk on October 10, 2014

Performed in four 15-minute quarters with a half-time show, featuring a dance company, a drum corps, and a fully-padded cast, COLOSSAL is an epic event that simultaneously celebrates and attacks our nation's most popular form of theater: football. (more...)
BWW Reviews: Children's Theatre Company Brings the Novel SEEDFOLKS to Life in a Mesmerizing One-Woman Show
by Jill Schafer on October 09, 2014

'Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.' This Margaret Mead quote greeted me upon exiting the theater after seeing Children's Theatre Company's SEEDFOLKS. I don't know if this quote is always in their lobby, or if it's specific to this show, but it is the perfect summation of this beautiful play. Paul Fleischman's 1997 novel tells the story of a vacant lot in Cleveland being transformed into a community garden from the perspective of multiple different characters. In CTC's adaptation, all of these characters and more are portrayed by one woman - Sonja Parks. She brilliantly transforms from a young Vietnamese girl, to an elderly Romanian woman, to a Guatemalan boy, and everything in between in the course of just over an hour. It's an epic journey of a neighborhood that transforms from one of fear and distrust to one that, while it might still have those things, is more deeply connected and supportive, all due to the growing of plants. A small group of thoughtful, committed citizens change the world, or at least their small corner of it. (more...)
BWW Interviews: Getting to Know Mariah MacFarlane of NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT
by Kristen Hirsch Montag on October 08, 2014

Unless you happened to make the run on Broadway last year, NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT will feel familiar just due to the classic songs they built the show around. Actor Mariah MacFarlane leads the first national tour to the stage in Saint Paul and we got to chat a little about her experience. (more...)
Photo Flash: First Look at Sonja Parks in CTC's SEEDFOLKS
by BWW News Desk on October 08, 2014

Children's Theatre Company (CTC) is proud to present Seedfolks, a world premiere developed by CTC through the new play development lab. Based on the Newbery Medal-winning book by Paul Fleischman, Seedfolks is about an immigrant neighborhood in Cleveland, Ohio that is transformed by a community garden. Actor Sonja Parks embodies the eleven distinct voices of Gibb Street in this enthralling, one-woman production, directed by Peter C. Brosius. Seedfolks runs now through November 16, 2014 on the Cargill Stage. Below, BroadwayWorld has a first look at Parks onstage! (more...)
BWW Reviews: Walking Shadow's GABRIEL is a Chilling and Captivating Look at a Little Known Facet of WWII History
by Jill Schafer on October 07, 2014

As I left the theater yesterday afternoon, I clutched my sweater close around me to ward off the chill. Not the chill in the crisp fall air, but the chill from the play I had just seen - Walking Shadow's GABRIEL. This story about a little known facet of WWII history is so captivating, horrifying, chilling, and completely engaging that it hangs with you well after you leave the theater. The excellent cast and realistic set make you feel like you're right there, as this family fights for survival on a Nazi-occupied British island. It's only playing for one more weekend, but it's well worth it if you can make it. You won't soon forget this beautifully done, powerful play. (more...)
Nominations Open for the 2014 Minneapolis Awards
by BWW Special Coverage on October 09, 2014

Nominations have now opened for the 2014 BroadwayWorld Minneapolis Regional Awards! (more...)
Now Playing Onstage in Minneapolis - Week of 10/05/2014
by BWW on October 05, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 10/05/2014 for Minneapolis (more...)
Freshwater Theatre's World Premiere THE MAN IN HER DREAMS Opens Tonight
by BWW News Desk on October 04, 2014

Freshwater Theatre Company opens its 2014-2015 season with the world premiere of The Man in Her Dreams, a brand new drama by 2013 Ivey Award winning playwright Katherine Glover, honored for her work in our festival Freshwater Goes Back to High School. The play began its life as a one-woman Fringe show titled Dead Wrong, which she toured internationally, and was selected for our first Fringe Consolation Remount in 2012. Katherine has expanded and re-imagined it as the brilliant full length, multi-character production we are excited to present this October. (more...)
Freshwater Theatre Company Presents World Premiere of THE MAN IN HER DREAMS, Now thru 10/19
by BWW News Desk on October 04, 2014

Freshwater Theatre Company opens its 2014-2015 season today, October 4-19 with the world premiere of The Man in Her Dreams, a brand new drama by 2013 Ivey Award winning playwright Katherine Glover, honored for her work in our festival Freshwater Goes Back to High School. (more...)
Playwrights' Center Presents 31st Annual PlayLabs New Play Festival
by BWW News Desk on October 03, 2014

The 31st annual PlayLabs new play festival runs Monday, October 20 through Sunday, October 26 at the Playwrights' Center. Audiences are invited to readings of new plays by Playwrights' Center Core Writers, brought to life by top actors and incorporating design elements-elevating the staged reading to an intimate art form all its own. (more...)
BWW Reviews: RADIO MAN, A New Play by Garrison Keillor, Captures Everything You Love About A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION and More
by Jill Schafer on October 03, 2014

Full disclosure: I'm a huge fan of Garrison Keillor and A Prairie Home Companion. He's the Mark Twain of our generation, and is Minnesota's best export. If A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION is one of the things that Minnesota is most known for, I am proud to be a Minnesotan. So of course, I absolutely love his new play RADIO MAN, the first he's written. I saw a reading of it early this year as part of the History Theatre's Raw Stages festival and loved it then, but this full production, now playing at the History Theatre, is so much more polished and complete, and really a thing unto itself and not just an episode of A Prairie Home Companion on stage. Yes there is the familiar music, the jingles for Powdermilk Biscuits, rhubarb pie, and ketchup, stories from Lake Wobegon, and beloved characters including Dusty and Lefty and Guy Noir. But there's also a story and a character (the host of a radio show called A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION who bears a striking resemblance to Garrison) who we get to know as he reminisces about his past and contemplates his future. (more...)
EATING RAOUL Opens Minneapolis Musical Theatre's 2014-15 Season, Now thru 10/26
by BWW News Desk on October 03, 2014

Minneapolis Musical Theatre's (MMT) Eating Raoul, based on Paul Bartel's 1982 black comedy film about a couple who go to extreme lengths to make money to open a restaurant, makes its area premiere today, October 3-26, 2014 at Hennepin Theatre Trust's New Century Theatre (Street Level of City Center in downtown Minneapolis). (more...)
Jungle Theater to Stage ON GOLDEN POND, 11/7-12/21
by BWW News Desk on October 02, 2014

The Jungle Theater brings the poignant ON GOLDEN POND to its stage for an inaugural run and reunites audience favorites Bain Boehlke and Wendy Lehr, both Ivey Award Lifetime Achievement/ McKnight Distinguished Artists. This warm and witty American classic, opening November 7, explores the turbulent relationship between father and daughter, the generation gap between young and old, and the challenges facing a couple in the twilight years of a long and happy marriage. The new production will be on stage at the Jungle, 2951 Lyndale Av. S. in Minneapolis, through December 21. (more...)

 
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