Ivey Emerging Artist Award Winner Trevor Bowen. Photo by Tom Wallace

2016 Ivey Awards

by CHRISTINE SARKES Inclusiveness and gratitude were the themes of the 12th Annual Ivey Awards held last evening at the Historic State Theater, downtown Minneapolis. Theater professionals honored their own and one of ours–Star Tribune theater critic Graydon Royce–as they reached beyond the typical candidates by awarding a non-actor, costume designer Trevor Bowen, with the Emerging Artist Award. Bowen got his…

The Second National Tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

BY TAMAR NEUMANN: It’s been over ten years since Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat has been performed on the Orpheum stage, but it’s finally back! If you’ve been waiting these ten long years for this particular touring Broadway show to return to the Orpheum, your wait is over—and I think you will find yourself satisfied with the…

Paige Faure & Andy Jones in the National Tour of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

By ELLEN FERRY. The Orpheum Theatre’s production of Cinderella dazzles with the timeless charm of a grandiose Broadway musical. A breathtaking set and remarkable costume changes—coupled with the distinct ballads of Rodgers and Hammerstein—make the show a delightful theatre experience for audience members of all ages. But those hoping to be swept away in a…

Happy Days: A New Musical

By LIZ BYRON. Yes, that’s right, there is a musical based on the TV show Happy Days. Now, I have to admit that I’ve never seen a single episode of the iconic show (blame it on my age plus my general preference for books over TV as a kid), but my theatre companion had, which…

Sasha Allen and the Cast of the National Touring Production of PIPPIN. Photo by Terry Shapiro

Pippin

  by CHRISTINE SARKES SASSEVILLE Stephen Schwartz of Wicked and Godspell fame and Director Diane Paulus have created a wildly entertaining and exhilarating revival of Broadway’s original 1972 Bob Fosse iconic version of Pippin, now at the Orpheum Theatre through Sunday. With soaring vocals, jaw-dropping acrobatics, charming and relatable characters and a cute kid and a dog, Pippin offers…

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2013 Ivey Awards

by SOPHIE KERMAN The 2013 Ivey Awards, the Twin Cities’ celebration of the best of theatre, have been awarded! How many have you seen? Lifetime Achievement Award: playwright Jeffrey Hatcher, nationally-renowned playwright, the Lifetime Achievement Award, Aisle Say reviews of a few of his plays: Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club, Standing on Ceremony (contributor),…

Ensemble, including Cosette (Lauren Wiley) and Jean Valjean (Peter Lockyer) on the left, and Enjolras (Jason Forbach) and Marius (Devin Ilaw) in the center. Photo by Kyle Froman.

Les Misérables

Over 60 million people worldwide have seen the powerhouse musical Les Misérables since it opened in Paris in 1980 (the first English-language production was in London’s West End five years later). Les Misérables is the kind of show for which people will buy tickets regardless of the cast, venue, or dates; they just want to…