Pioneer Press: Ordway season to offer more Broadway than usual

Chris Hewitt, Pioneer Press 2/26/15

There’s more Broadway than usual next season at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, which was announced Monday night.

A rarity — a performer touring in the musical for which she was a Tony nominee last year — will come to St. Paul in “A Night With Janis Joplin,” starring Mary Bridget Davies. She plays Joplin in a jukebox musical that celebrates the late singer and her love of the blues.

The Ordway also will host a touring production of “Bullets Over Broadway,” which recently ended an abbreviated run on Broadway. The musical incorporates tap dancing and Tin Pan Alley classics such as “I’m Sittin’ on Top of the World” into Woody Allen’s tale of 1920s theater folk.

The Ordway will launch its own productions of three classics, “The Pirates of Penzance,” “The Sound of Music” (with director Peter Rothstein, who did the current “Oliver,” taking on another big group of kids) and “A Chorus Line.”

And the Ordway’s “Broadway Songbook” series continues with tributes to ’70s musicals in “The ’70s Songbook” and the work of John Kander and Fred Ebb (“Cabaret”).

The full season, including music and dance offerings (and at least one event that’s both: rock band Dengue Fever will have a space for people to get out of their seats and dance) is listed below.

“The Pirates of Penzance,” Aug. 4-16

“The ’70s Songbook,” Oct. 9-11

Lula Washington Dance Theatre, Oct. 30

Hip Hop Nutcracker, Nov. 24-25

“The Sound of Music,” Dec. 10-Jan. 2

Dengue Fever, Jan. 9

Dance Brazil, Jan. 14

“A Chorus Line,” Feb. 16-28, 2016

SEOP Dance Company, March 5, 2016

“A Night With Janis Joplin,” March 29-April 3, 2016

Hanggai (folk rock band), April 7, 2016

“Bullets Over Broadway,” April 12-17, 2016

Taiko Project, April 23, 2016

Pilobolus (dance), May 20-21, 2016

“The Songbook of Kander and Ebb,” June 10-12, 2016

Subscription packages are available. Individual tickets will go on sale June 8. For information, call 651-224-4222 or go to ordway.org.

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