Early reviews are in for Minnesota Fringe Festival Two nights into the 20th Minnesota Fringe Festival, the energy was high at Crooked Pint, where show-goers and -makers gathered to celebrate after a full evening of performances.
One observation from a volunteer: "It's Fringe! Those who come here with expectations are doomed."August 3, 2013
Preserving Balanchine's ballet legacy, 30 years later Francia Russell hasn't performed in 50 years, but she says as soon as she hears the music for George Balanchine's Concerto Barocco, her body starts to move: "I could do it in my sleep." Balanchine's work as a choreographer for the New York City Ballet came to define ballet for much of the 20th century. He died 30 years ago, but in Russell -- and in dance companies around the world -- his work lives on.July 28, 2013
Clothes make the man (and the woman and the show) on Broadway Part of what makes a Broadway show a Broadway show -- read "splashy," especially if we're talking musicals -- is the costumes. Some shows feature hundreds.
And a battalion of workers is involved in a highly choreographed backstage ballet, not just to keep the actors looking good but to help them change costumes almost instantaneously.June 9, 2013
Minn. Opera to stage free outdoor shows The Minnesota Opera plans to present free outdoor concerts next month. "Opera Under the Stars" will feature a performance of Puccini's "La Boheme."May 25, 2013
On the Minnesota River, 'paddling theater' offers entertainment and adventure On May 18, 2013, performers staged a "paddling theater production" on the Minnesota River as part of Minnesota River History Weekend and Minnesota State Water Trails 50th Anniversary. The event offered stories, songs and characters from local river lore, presented both as live theater and live-action radio drama in an original production called "With the Future on the Line: Paddling Theater from Granite Falls to Yellow Medicine."May 19, 2013
African-American dialect the heart of Penumbra's 'Spunk' Anthropologist and author Zora Neale Hurston had an ear for the African American dialect of the early 1900s. People would "grab a hot," which means get a meal, or, "collar a nod," get some sleep. Many of the expressions are gone now, but they have new life on stage at the Penumbra Theater's production of "Spunk" in St. Paul.April 5, 2013
Interview: Rita Moreno on Anita, awards and accents Rita Moreno is one of a handful of performers to have won all of the prestigious show business awards; an Oscar, a Golden Globe, a Tony, a couple of Emmys and a Grammy. At 81, she's telling the story of her remarkable life and career in "Rita Moreno," a new memoir.March 10, 2013
'Don't underestimate the guts' of this modern leading lady This weekend, a new adaptation of the Rodgers and Hammerstein television classic Cinderella opens on Broadway. It stars Laura Osnes, of Eagan, Minn., who is the ingenue of the moment. But Osnes' career path has had an unusual trajectory.March 2, 2013
Cinderella's slipper: the ultimate must-have shoe There would be no "happily ever after" for Cinderella without her glitzy glass slippers, so careful attention was paid to the shoes for the princess-to-be's Broadway opening this weekend.March 2, 2013
Photos: Lau Hawaiian Collective Minnesotans who want to hear an authentic sampling of Hawaii's rich musical heritage can enjoy the work of the Lau Hawaiian Collective.
The five-member band from St. Paul, co-founded by vocalist Kim Sueoka and guitarist David Burk, has found receptive listeners thousands of miles from the islands. We caught up with them at a recent rehearsal.February 13, 2013
Band brings Hawaiian music to Minnesota The closest many people in the continental United States come to the Hawaiian Islands and their music is likely from poor interpretations offered by television shows or old movies. Minnesotans who want to hear a more authentic sampling of Hawaii's rich musical heritage can take heart in the work of the Lau Hawaiian Collective. WeFebruary 13, 2013