Ordway’s season: From 'Addams Family’ to 'Cinderella’

  • Article by: ROHAN PRESTON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 23, 2011 - 7:51 PM

Lineup also includes "Memphis," about the birth of rock 'n' roll, which last year won a Tony for best musical.


The Ordway’s season includes “Come Fly Away,” which is set to the music of Frank Sinatra.

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Four-time Tony Award winner "Memphis." Three-time Tony winner "Fela!" "The Addams Family." A revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella." And an engagement of the Twyla Tharp-Frank Sinatra project, "Come Fly Away."

St. Paul's Ordway Center on Wednesday announced a main-stage slate of big-name shows for its upcoming Broadway season.

The 2011-2012 roster "combines the best of the classic American art form with a handful of firsts, coming straight from the Broadway stage to our stage," said James Rocco, vice president of programming at the Ordway.

"Memphis," which last year won a Tony for best musical, is set in the 1950s and orbits the birth of rock 'n' roll. It has a throbbing score by Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan (March 13-25, 2012).

Tony-winning choreographer Tharp uses dance to tell love stories about four couples in "Come Fly Away," set to the music of Ol' Blue Eyes (Oct. 11-16).

"Fela!," directed and choreographed by Bill T. Jones, offers a stage biography of Nigerian Afro-beat pioneer Fela Anikulapo Kuti (June 12-17, 2012).

"Cinderella" will be an Ordway-originated production during the holidays (Dec. 13-Jan. 1, 2012).

The Ordway theater season also includes "The Addams Family," a musical composed by Andrew Lippa and based on the TV show (May 8-20, 2012), and "Blind Date," an audience-interactive piece about a Parisian character who goes on nightly dates with men. It will be performed in the smaller McKnight Theatre (Feb. 22-April 1, 2012).

The Ordway also announced its Target world music and dance series, including Mexican alternative rocker Ely Guerra (Oct. 28); Vox Lumiere's "The Phantom of the Opera," a mix of rock concert and silent film (Oct. 30), and "Still Black, Still Proud," a tribute to James Brown that features stars such as Maceo Parker and South African singer Vusi Mahlasela (Nov. 22).

The music roster also includes Playing for Change, an ensemble of global musicians drawn from Mark Johnson's PBS documentary (Feb. 12, 2012).

The Ordway's dance card features Latin dance troupe Luna Negra (Oct. 25); the return of Ronald K. Brown's Evidence troupe (Jan. 15, 2012), and Ballet of the Dolls (May 4, 2012).

The Ordway is inaugurating a biography/performance series on Broadway composers: Irving Berlin (Sept. 23-25), contemporary composers such as Billy Joel, Elton John and Jason Robert Brown (Jan. 20-22, 2012); Johnny Mercer (April 13-15, 2012), and a sing-along to "The Sound of Music" (Oct. 21-22).

The center will against host the Flint Hills International Children's Festival (June 2-3, 2012). Subscriptions, which start at $207 for the Broadway season and $168 for the music and dance series, are available. Single tickets go on sale Aug. 21; 651-224-4222 or www.ordway.org.

Rohan Preston • 612-673-4390

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