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The harp has a bad reputation in Cuba, but four young students hope to change that with help from the Minnesota Orchestra.
Pulitzer-winning author Richard Ford comes to St. Paul with a new book about his most enduring character, Frank Bascombe.
The music director will be here through August 2019; union contract goes to 2020. Donors contributed $6.5 million to help fund the agreements.
The new artistic director will direct two shows in a 2015-16 season that mixes the familiar with more adventurous works.
Musicians left a gift of music in the Cuban capital and came home with a new purpose.
The 160-person Minnesota contingent won the hearts of schoolchildren, university students and music lovers with educational visits, gifts of musical supplies and concerts on Friday and Saturday night that sold out quickly to audiences eager to witness this moment.
“Cultural ambassadors” are healing rifts within the Minnesota Orchestra while building ties to Cuba.
The Minnesota Orchestra’s visit to Havana this week has drawn crews from Al Jazeera America, the BBC and other U.S. and Latin American news outlets. "They killed it" at the first concert Friday night, one observer said.
As they prepare for a historic concert Friday night, musicians and board members find a groove together.
Minnesota Orchestra becomes the first from U.S. to visit Cuba since the thaw in relations.
Costumed dancers on stilts, accompanied by congas and cowbells, greeted the Minnesota Orchestra on a walking tour of Old Havana on Wednesday evening.
Minnesota Orchestra will carry state’s banner to Havana this week.
Lee Henderson was excited about joining the Minnesota Orchestra on its upcoming historic trip to Cuba from May 13-17.Henderson and his wife, Polly, attended an…
The new Guthrie Theater season announced Wednesday gives the theatergoing public its first glimpse at some of the work that interests new Artistic Director Joseph Haj, who takes over from Joe Dowling on July 1.
REVIEW: “Jersey Boys” is not showing its age in the national tour that hit Minneapolis on Tuesday.
Lee Blessing’s new play “For the Loyal” escapes the bounds of reality to shine a light on a complex subject.
Director Joe Dowling finds the relevance in a play that seems so familiar.
REVIEW: Director Joe Dowling finds the urgent message and relevance resting within a play that seems so familiar.
Caution: Do not chew gum if you attend “Late Nite Catechism.” The Sister has a keen eye out for gum chewers and if she catches…
This weekend Joe Dowling opens “The Crucible,” the seventh time he has put Arthur Miller on a Guthrie stage — more than any writer not named William Shakespeare.
In its first full year at new Ordway hall, the orchestra welcomes Martin Fröst.
Book review: Artistic director Michelle Hensley discusses in a personal way her theories and practices of theater.
Actor Linda Kelsey saw “The Other Place” in New York and immediately knew she had to play that role in the Twin Cities.
Tim Jennings helped to stabilize children’s troupe, leaves for Shaw Festival.
“Shooting Star” lands in familiar territory with pleasant nostalgia.
The Guthrie hosts “Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play."
“Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” now running at the playhouse in suburban Greenwood, capitalizes on crisp choreography and rock-solid musical direction, to fashion a fine piece of entertainment.
A play at the Guthrie uses TV’s “The Simpsons” to reflect on the touchstones we cling to after a disaster.
Rasmussen will succeed Jungle founder Bain Boehlke in July.
It named a new artistic director: Sarah Rasmussen, a nationally connected young director.
A Gertrude Stein opera, Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms” and Robert Shaw are some highlights.
In a long and colorful career, he owned Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, the Harlem Globetrotters, Ice Follies and a pro hockey team. He died at 89.
New play takes a charming look at the traditions of Filipino-Minnesotans.
Ann Michels takes on the biggest challenge of her career in “Mary Poppins” at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres.
Bob Stromberg searches for the funny bone that inspired him to find his purpose as a comic artist.
“The Debutante’s Ball” finds the drama that many young Filipino-Americans face: How to fit in while still standing out.
Issues of money, family and the end of life make for a slim but powerful play with “Death Tax.”
Chanhassen Dinner Theatres’ production is spit-spot proper, but the heart wishes for more from this oddly cool musical adaptation.
Andrew Litton will return for the monthlong summer festival.
Kevin Puts won a Pulitzer for his first work for Minnesota Opera. Word on the street is “The Manchurian Candidate” is even better.
The world premiere is part of a slate that includes “Tosca” and “Magic Flute.”
Gerald Dickens comes to town to premiere a play based on his great-great-grandfather's lessons to his children.
Joseph Haj, who runs a troupe at the University of North Carolina, was named Tuesday to succeed Joe Dowling at the Guthrie. Haj, 51, is the eighth artistic director since legendary Broadway director Tyrone Guthrie founded one of the nation’s largest regional theaters in 1963.
He ran the Old Log Theater for 72 years and was the acknowledged godfather of Twin Cities theater.
Haj, who runs a troupe at the University of North Carolina, was named Tuesday to succeed Joe Dowling.
Joe Dowling's last Shakespeare production at the Guthrie is one of his best.
After 66 years, he continues to direct and call the shots at the venerable playhouse, despite rumors that it's about to be sold.
Excelsior theater to reopen in June, buyer Greg Frankenfield says.
The Minnesota Orchestra will be the first U.S. orchestra to perform in Cuba, following President Obama’s announced desire to normalize relations with the Caribbean island nation.
This will be the first U.S. orchestra to visit the nation since President Obama announced plans to normalize relations.
“The Coward” is a thin comedy that overstays its welcome – until one glorious bloody denouement.
“The Coward” fumbles until bloody finale.
“The Lion King” will return to the house in which it was born nearly 20 years ago. Hennepin Theatre Trust announced Tuesday that the Disney blockbuster will return to the Orpheum Theatre in the summer of 2016 as part of the 2015-16 Broadway on Hennepin season in Minneapolis.
Hennepin Theatre Trust’s Broadway subscription season is a mix of old and new (and something blue).
REVIEW: “The Coward” is a thin comedy that overstays its welcome – until one glorious bloody denouement.
The Guthrie Theater has identified a successor to Joe Dowling, who will retire June 30 after leading one of Minnesota’s cultural cornerstones for 20 years. An announcement is expected “before March.”
Strong summer box office and conscious cost cutting helped theater bounce back from 2012-13 deficit.
A steampunk-inspired “Oliver!” is the largest production so far in a budding partnership between Theater Latté Da and Hennepin Theatre Trust.
Kristine Holmgren recounts her experience with the patriarchy in a play that opens Saturday.
Stacia Rice, Peter Christian Hansen and Craig Johnson are three of the good artists who worked together in the old small-theater clubhouse gang in the…
REVIEW: Plymouth Playhouse brings the snark of VH1 to Broadway songs.
2016 concert establishes “we’re back,” president says.
The Minneapolis art center also saw increases in revenue, membership and its endowment in fiscal 2014.
The Jungle opens its 25th year with a popular old favorite.
“The Color Purple” could change people's impressions of what the St. Paul theater can accomplish.
REVIEW: “I Love Lucy Live on Stage” doesn't capture the lightning of the original.
REVIEW: “Outside Mullingar” is a romantic comedy brimming with the moody sentimentality of rural Ireland.
Dianne Hill-Hines “never thought of herself as God’s gift to the stage,” said Gary Gisselman, who directed Hill in many theatrical productions. “But she was.…
Music director Osmo Vänskä and the musicians will finish their Grammy-winning cycle of Sibelius symphonies this spring.
The rejuvenated theater welcomes four well-known players for the regional premiere of a John Patrick Shanley play.
To fill the Walker’s Out There series, curator Philip Bither searches the world for cutting-edge performance art that he hopes will speak to everyone.
7th House Theater channels its young energy and musical acumen into a very old tale.
Bradley Greenwald and Sonja Thompson welcome the solstice.
Harold Pinter’s “The Hothouse” and Bradley Greenwald’s “The Longest Night” are of the season in different ways.
Peter Vaughan chose wisely. Vaughan, a reporter for the old Minneapolis Star, took on the role of theater critic in 1977, just as the Twin…
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