Ordway Announces 2015-2016 Season

Jessica Petrie, Ordway 2/24/15

The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts has unveiled its 2015-2016 season. The 30th anniversary season includes a wide variety of Broadway musicals, world music concerts, dance performances and Broadway Songbook® offerings which reflect the Ordway’s mission of bringing the finest performing arts to Saint Paul.

Subscription packages are now on sale for the Ordway 2015-2016 season, with single tickets going on sale on August 23, 2015.

2015-2016 Ordway Theater Season

The Pirates of Penzance

Aug. 4-16, 2015

A band of swashbuckling pirates sets hearts aflutter in this classic hilarious farce, reimagined for modern audiences. With all new orchestrations, this production explodes across the stage with damsels in distress, a sexy pirate king, a delightfully dotty Major-General and Dudley Do-Rite-esque Canadian Mounties. It’s Gilbert & Sullivan meets Spamalot.

Broadway Songbook®: The 70s Songbook

Oct. 9-11, 2015

A pop-rock songbook full of 1970s hits created by singer-songwriters who later joined the ranks of Broadway greats. With songs by Elton John, James Taylor, Paul Simon, Carole King and more.

The Sound of Music

Dec. 10, 2015-Jan. 2, 2016

This holiday season, the Ordway is alive with the sounds of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s beloved musical classic, The Sound of Music. Full of such iconic songs as “My Favorite Things,” “Do Re Mi” and “Edelweiss,” the timeless story of Maria and the musical Von Trapp family is a family holiday event you won’t want to miss.

A Chorus Line

Feb. 16-28, 2016

This “singular sensation” follows 17 dancers as they vie for the opportunity of a lifetime. Based on true stories and featuring classic songs like “One,” “I Hope I Get It” and “What I Did For Love,” A Chorus Line took home nine Tony Awards, seven Drama Desk Awards, the New York Critics’ Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

A Night with Janis Joplin

March 29-April 3, 2016

Like a comet that burns far too brightly to last, Janis Joplin exploded onto the music scene in 1967 and became the queen of rock & roll. Share an evening with the woman and her influences in the new musical, A Night with Janis Joplin, featuring such unforgettable songs as “Piece of My Heart,” “Mercedes Benz” and “Cry Baby.”

Bullets Over Broadway

April 12-17, 2016

What do you get when a hapless playwright who needs someone to back his new show meets a mobster who needs some way to please his showgirl girlfriend? A beautiful friendship and a brand new musical comedy. Based on the acclaimed Woody Allen film of the same name and filled with songs that made the 20s roar, Bullets Over Broadway has been called “the best musical in town” (NPR). Directed and choreographed by Tony Award-winning sensation, Susan Stroman.

Broadway Songbook®: The Songbook of Kander & Ebb

June 10-12, 2016

Explore the stories and songs behind the duo whose provocative razzle-dazzle has been lighting up Broadway for 50 years. John Kander and Fred Ebb wrote Cabaret, Chicago and some of Frank Sinatra’s and Liza Minnelli’s greatest hits, including “Maybe This Time” and “New York, New York.”

2015-2016 Ordway World Music & Dance Sponsored by Target®

Pedrito Martinez Group

Oct. 18, 2015

Afro-Cuban jazz and rumba rooted in the Batá rhythms and vocal chants of the music of Yoruba and Santería. With a dance floor.

Lula Washington Dance Theatre

Oct. 30, 2015

Led by award-winning choreographer Lula Washington, this contemporary ensemble is known for daring choreography rooted in African-American culture that reflects on social and political issues.

Dengue Fever

Jan. 9, 2016

A danceable, delightful mix of Cambodian pop music, psychedelic rock and American garage-rock. With a dance floor.


Jan. 14, 2016

A fusion of contemporary dance, Afro-Brazilian movement and Capoeira, a traditional martial art rooted in the streets of Brazil.

SEOP Dance Company

March 5, 2016

Classic and contemporary, SEOP Dance Company uses playfulness and theatricality in their piece, “A Man’s Requiem,” an exquisite production that explores the theme of destiny and the afterlife.


April 7, 2016

From the steps of Mongolia by way of Beijing, this Chinese crossover band blends traditional folk music, Mongolian throat singing and modern punk rock to create an exciting genre like no other.


April 23, 2016

One of the world’s premiere taiko drumming ensembles, TAIKOPROJECT uses the dynamic Japanese community-based tradition of taiko drumming and incorporates a modern, unconventional twist.

2015-2016 Ordway Special Events

Hip Hop Nutcracker

Nov. 24-25, 2015

A holiday mash-up for the whole family, Hip Hop Nutcracker reimagines Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet through explosive hip hop choreography.


May 20-21, 2016

Jaw-dropping athleticism and mesmerizing choreography. Back at the Ordway by popular demand after a sold-out show in 2012.

Subscription & Individual Ticket Sales

Subscription packages are currently on sale and start at $130. Packages can be purchased online, by phone at 651.224.4222 or in person at the Ordway ticket office. Individual tickets will go on sale to the public on August 23, 2015.

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