Ordway season packed with musical theater legends

Chris Hewitt, Pioneer Press 3/16/16

A current Broadway hit caps off the season full of musical theater legends at Ordway Center for the Performing Arts.

“An American In Paris,” which just notched a year on Broadway, is the dance-centic musical based on the Gene Kelly movie set just after the end of WWII. Featuring the music of George and Ira Gershwin, it will close out the Ordway’s 2016-17 season in June 2017.

The season begins with a new production of “Lerner & Loewe’s Paint Your Wagon,” based on the Western-set musical. In addition to the Gershwins and Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, the musical theater offerings include classics from Stephen Sondheim and Leonard Bernstein (“West Side Story”) and Irving Berlin (a return engagement of “White Christmas”) as well as a new touring version of John Cameron Mitchell’s “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” whose title character is a trans rocker with a chip on her shoulder.

The Ordway also announced its next season of world music and dance performances, including an Ordway-commissioned work by St. Paul’s TU Dance. The season includes six special performances, which include Stomp, Twin Cities music legends the Steeles, a return of “Hip-Hop Nutcracker” and a circus spectacular from the producers of “The Illusionists” called “Circus 1903.”

Subscription packages are on sale now at www.ordway.org/subscriptions. Individual tickets go on sale June 13.

The lineup

The full season, including musical theater and concert offerings:

“Lerner & Loewe’s Paint Your Wagon,” Aug. 9-21

“Broadway Songbook: Rebels on Broadway,” Sept. 23-25

Martha Redbone, “Bone Hill: The Concert,” Oct. 8

Stomp, Oct. 18-23

Step Afrika!, Oct. 29

Sphinx Virtuosi with Catalyst Quartet, Oct. 30

NPR’S “From the Top,” with host Christopher O’Riley, Nov. 13

The Hip-Hop Nutcracker, Nov. 22-23

“Irving Berlin’s White Christmas,” Dec. 8-31

“The Lagos Music Salon,” by Somi, Jan. 27

“Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” Feb. 14-19

Oyate Okodakiciyapi: “An Evening of Native Contemporary dance,” March 4

Las Cafeteras, March 23, 2017

“West Side Story,” April 4-16, 2017

Indigenous, April 21, 2017

The Steeles, “The Colors of Gershwin,” April 21, 2017

TU Dance, April 29, 2017

“Broadway Songbook: Hollywood and Broadway,” May 14-21, 2017

“An American in Paris,” June 13-18, 2017

“Circus 1903 — The Golden Age of Circus,” June 27-July 2, 2017

Subscriptions for the 2016-2017 Ordway season are available at www.ordway.org/subscriptions.

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