Ordway Announces 2019–2020 Broadway Series

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (Feb. 26, 2019) — The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts is excited to announce its 2019-2020 Broadway Series, with all six productions new to Minnesota, including brand new titles and reimagined Broadway classics. Three of the six will be produced locally as Ordway Originals.

Ordway President and CEO Jamie Grant noted that this season promises to be one of our most “expectation-shattering seasons yet. We haven’t produced a season in recent memory comprised of entirely of productions new to our market and three Ordway Originals,” Grant said.

“This season is bursting with astonishing shows that are hilarious, uplifting and romantic,” said Rod Kaats, the Ordway’s Producing Artistic Director. “These magical adventures, modern fairytales, stories of empowerment, and reimagined classics are bold, fresh, and innovative and can only be seen at the Ordway.”

The season begins with the Ordway Original production of Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Sept. 9-22). Recently produced in New York, this restaged version of Broadway’s longest running musical revue will arrive in Minnesota for the first time. It’s a high-energy, imaginatively-staged version of Broadway’s longest-running revue.

Next up will be Mike Birbiglia’s The New One (Oct. 17-19). The direct-from-Broadway, hilarious comedy about parenting makes its Minnesota debut at the Ordway this fall.

Ever After (Dec. 3-29), a captivating, brand new musical based on the beloved hit film, is a modern take on the Cinderella story. This contemporary fairy tale with a strong heroine will be produced as an Ordway Original, making its Minnesota debut during the holiday season.

The touring production of Once On This Island (Feb. 4-9, 2020), is a direct-from-Broadway, radically restaged Caribbean adventure story. Nominated for nine Tony Awards and winner of Best Revival of a Musical in 2018, this will be the first time this revival takes a Minnesota stage.

The Color Purple comes to the Ordway March 31-April 5, 2020. This vibrant reimagining of the roof-raising, spiritual tale was the 2016 Tony award-winner for Best Revival of a Musical and is touring locally for the first time.

The final show of the 2019-20 season is an Ordway Original and one audiences will want to see again, and again… and again. Groundhog Day (July 21-Aug. 9, 2020) makes its regional premiere at the Ordway. This ambitious, well-crafted musical with a feel-good story of redemption “comes at you with the joy of life,” said star of the Groundhog Day movie, Bill Murray.

2019–2020 Broadway at the Ordway season subscriptions are available at ordway.org/subscribe or by calling the Ordway Ticketing Office at 651.224.4222.


The 2019–2020 Broadway Series

Smokey Joe’s Cafe: The Songs of Leiber & Stoller

This Grammy Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated smash made history as Broadway’s longest running musical revue. The show features 40 of the greatest songs of the past century, including show stopping classics like “On Broadway,” “Stand by Me,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Hound Dog,” “Love Potion No. 9,” “Spanish Harlem,” “Yakety Yak” and “Charlie Brown.”

This refreshing, sizzling-hot, new production of the show, directed and choreographed by Emmy Award Winner and Tony Award nominee Joshua Bergasse (Broadway’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and On the Town, Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” and NBC’s “Smash”), will appear in Minnesota for the first time, bringing these sensational rock and roll songs to a new generation.

The New One

Mike Birbiglia has made you laugh in Sleepwalk With Me, My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend, and “Thank God for Jokes.” He was also really funny in that one season of “Orange Is the New Black.” And in “Billions.” And “Broad City.” Now he’s touring this smash hit Broadway show, telling his story about parenting in a new way.  It’s the same heart and humor you’ve come to expect from Birbiglia, with a hilarious new twist. Lin-Manuel Miranda called The New One, “as perfect a night as you’re gonna get.” Do not miss The New One. Some people say it’s his best one.

Ever After

A modern take on the Cinderella story, Ever After is a captivating new musical from award-winning songwriting team Zina Goldrich and Marcy Heisler, based on the beloved hit film.

Share the journey of Danielle de Barbarac as she risks everything to save a friend from an unjust fate, capturing the heart and imagination of a country along the way. With the help of none other than Leonardo da Vinci, Danielle must decide not only who she is, but what she’ll fight for, and how far she’ll go for love.

Ever After, this brand new musical you can see first at the Ordway, celebrates the unstoppable strength of the human spirit and captures the true magic at the heart of the beloved Cinderella fairy tale.

Once On This Island

Rain falls, fire burns, wind blows, and hearts soar in Once On This Island, a musical fable based on Rosa Guy’s novel My Love, My Love, inspired by Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Mermaid and Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Set in a sea-swept Caribbean village, this enchanting musical tells the story of Ti Moune, a peasant girl who travels far and wide to find the man who captured her heart.

The original Broadway production of Once On This Island by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Suessical, Anastasia) was nominated for nine Tony awards, winning Best Revival of a Musical in 2018.This touring production, directed by Michael Arden and choreographed by Ordway favorite Camille A. Brown, will play in Minnesota for the first time.

The Color Purple

From Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller and Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-nominated film, comes a stage musical with a fresh, joyous score of jazz, ragtime, gospel and blues. This stirring family chronicle follows the inspirational Celie as she journeys from childhood through joy and despair, anguish and hope to discover the power of love and life.

This enthusiastically acclaimed Broadway revival won two 2016 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical.

Groundhog Day

Karma can be a funny thing. So when big-city weatherman Phil Connors gets mysteriously stuck in small-town America, laughter is in the forecast. With his unique look on life, Phil is always ready with a one-liner or clever quip about the all-too cheery people of Punxsutawney. But one extraordinary day is about to show Phil that maybe the joke is really on him.

Based on the iconic film, the musical Groundhog Day features a hilarious book by Danny Rubin and clever songs by Tim Minchin (Matilda), and is the Broadway hit that Entertainment Weekly calls “a wonderfully inventive show, with dazzling energy, creativity, wit, and heart.”


2019–2020 Broadway Series subscriptions are available at ordway.org/subscribe or by calling the Ordway Ticketing Office at 651.224.4222.

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