Ordway Center for the Performing Arts

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  • Located in downtown Saint Paul, MN, at the corner of Fifth and Washington Streets, across from Rice Park.

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  1. Broadway Mixtape Live!: Showstoppers

    345 Washington Street
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 224-4222

    Remember those show-stopping Broadway performances that turned performers into stars? Now you can relive those unforgettable moments in the theater that grabbed your heart and made your jaw drop as the greatest, most recognizable hits of Broadway are delivered with all their punch and power by some of the Twin Cities’ finest musical theater artists. Be moved again by some of your favorite Broadway musical numbers from throughout the ages, including tunes from Dreamgirls, Funny Girl, and Dear Evan Hansen. You won’t want to miss these songs come to back to life onstage at the Ordway!

  2. Cantus presents For the Beauty of the Earth

    345 Washington Street
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 224-4222

    We can all too easily find ourselves detached from the natural world. Even so, the Earth always remains integral to our lives, providing not only life-sustaining resources but also artistic inspiration. Though we may be imperfect stewards of our planet, we can share an appreciation of its profound beauty and fragility. Join Cantus at For the Beauty of the Earth for a celebration of the majesty of this planet that we share.

  3. Classic Albums Live presents Led Zeppelin II

    345 Washington Street
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 224-4222

    Remember when you used to listen to an entire album? Classic Albums Live does. For the first time in popular music, the greatest albums from the 60s and 70s are recreated live on stage, note for note — cut for cut.

    “This has never been done before,” says series producer Craig Martin. “There’s a real thirst to hear these albums performed start to finish. For many of us this is the music we grew up with — the soundtrack of our lives.”

    “All of our focus is put into the music,” says Martin. “We perform the works of the Beatles, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin the same way an orchestra performs the works of Mozart. We don’t bother with imitation or impersonation. The bands are big — upwards of eleven pieces. We research these albums and go to great lengths to reproduce each and every sound live. We never use tape or computers. We’ll bring in a children’s choir, a sitar player, a string quartet, whatever it takes to get it right.”

    Each album calls for a new group of musicians. “That’s the real challenge,” says Martin, “Finding the right musicians for the right album. So far, we’ve been bang on with every performance.” Members of Nelly Furtado, Moist, Jesse Cook, Honeymoon Suite, David Usher and the Headstones have all taken part in the performances.

  4. Classic Albums Live presents The Eagles – Hotel California

    345 Washington Street
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 224-4222

    Remember when you used to listen to an entire album? Classic Albums Live does. For the first time in popular music, the greatest albums from the 60s and 70s are recreated live on stage, note for note — cut for cut.

    “This has never been done before,” says series producer Craig Martin. “There’s a real thirst to hear these albums performed start to finish. For many of us this is the music we grew up with — the soundtrack of our lives.”

    “All of our focus is put into the music,” says Martin. “We perform the works of the Beatles, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin the same way an orchestra performs the works of Mozart. We don’t bother with imitation or impersonation. The bands are big — upwards of eleven pieces. We research these albums and go to great lengths to reproduce each and every sound live. We never use tape or computers. We’ll bring in a children’s choir, a sitar player, a string quartet, whatever it takes to get it right.”

    Each album calls for a new group of musicians. “That’s the real challenge,” says Martin, “Finding the right musicians for the right album. So far, we’ve been bang on with every performance.” Members of Nelly Furtado, Moist, Jesse Cook, Honeymoon Suite, David Usher and the Headstones have all taken part in the performances.

  5. Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood: The Scared Scriptless Tour

    345 Washington Street
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 224-4222

    Armed with nothing but their sharp wit, comedians Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood take to the live stage to create hilarious and original scenes in their two-man show. Known by TV audiences for their work on Whose Line is it Anyway?, Colin & Brad improvise new material every night from audience suggestions and participation.

  6. Kinky Boots

    345 Washington Street
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 224-4222

    KINKY BOOTS is Broadway’s huge-hearted, high-heeled hit! With songs by Grammy and Tony winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. Inspired by true events, KINKY BOOTS takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan.

    Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family business of Price & Son. With the factory’s future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos.

    With direction and choreography by two-time Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell (Legally Blonde, Hairspray) and a book by Broadway legend and four-time Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein (La Cage Aux Folles), KINKY BOOTS is the winner of six Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Choreography.

  7. Ladysmith Black Mambazo

    345 Washington Street
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 224-4222

    For over 50 years, South Africa’s Ladysmith Black Mambazo has warmed the hearts of audiences worldwide with their uplifting vocal harmonies, signature dance moves, and charming onstage banter. With a deep respect for both their cultural and personal history, Ladysmith Black Mambazo is ever-evolving with an eye toward their long musical legacy. Over the years, the original members have welcomed a younger generation in their mission, passing along the tradition of storytelling and spreading their message of peace, love, and harmony to millions of people. The newer members, in turn, have infused the group with their youthful energy and the promise of a bright future. Ladysmith Black Mambazo founder Joseph Shabalala looks to these young men to carry on his dream to “keep South Africa alive in people’s hearts” for years to come.

    Ordway Pre-Show Extra

    Friday, February 23, 2018
    6:30PM | Target Atrium

    Join us one hour before the show for the Ordway Extra to learn about the evening’s performance genre(s) and topics through lecture, dialogue, or demonstration of an art form during this 30-minute pre-show event. The speakers are primarily Twin Cities-based and have expertise on the evening’s topics, connecting the touring performance to the local art scene.

  8. Let It Be

    345 Washington Street
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 224-4222

    International sensation Let It Be has been seen by over two million people worldwide and is jam-packed with over forty of The Beatles’ greatest hits.

    Relive The Beatles’ meteoric rise from their humble beginnings in Liverpool’s Cavern Club, through the heights of Beatlemania, to their later studio masterpieces, with live performances of early tracks including “Twist and Shout,” “She Loves You,” and “Drive My Car,” as well as global mega-hits “Yesterday,” “Hey Jude,” “Come Together,” and, of course, “Let It Be.” Travel back to the magical Sixties when all you needed was love, and a little help from your friends!

  9. Lila Downs

    345 Washington Street
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 224-4222

    One of the world’s most singular voices, Lila Downs’ poignant storytelling transcends all language barriers. Raised in Minnesota and Oaxaca, this global superstar’s exquisite artistry bridges traditions from across the Americas, with influences ranging from the folk and ranchera music of Mexico and South America to North American folk, jazz, blues, and hip-hop. As a passionate human-rights activist, Lila’s lyrics often highlight issues relating to social justice, sharing stories that too often go untold.

    Lila’s most recent release, Balas y Chocolate, went platinum in Mexico and she looks forward to sharing a new Sony album with audiences in Spring 2017. Lila has graced the stages of many of the world’s most prestigious festivals and venues including Jazz at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Festival of Sacred Music — Hollywood Bowl. She has been invited to sing at the White House, and performed on the Academy Awards and Latin Grammy Awards telecasts. Her music has also been included in several feature films such as The Counselor, Tortilla Soup, Real Women Have Curves, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, Carlos Saura’s Fados, Mariachi Gringo, and Hecho en Mexico.

  10. Mermaid Theatre’s “Goodnight Moon and the Runaway Bunny”

    345 Washington Street
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 224-4222

    Returning to the Ordway by popular demand, Mermaid Theatre brings to life two beloved children’s stories through their unique style of puppetry and black light. Adapted from Margaret Wise Brown’s 60-year-old classic, Goodnight Moon is a celebration of familiar nighttime rituals, while The Runaway Bunny’s pretend tale of leaving home evokes reassuring responses from his loving mom. Both stage adaptations feature endearing animal puppets and stunning scenic effects based on Clement Hurd’s illustrations, and evocative musical accompaniment.

    Lap Passes
    Lap passes will be $5 each, and will only be available at the ticket office the day of the performance. They are for children under 3 only.

    There are a limited number of passes allowed for these events, and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis while quantities last.



    Ordway Pre-Show Play & Learn
    1:00 PM | Target Atrium

    Don’t miss out on the free “Play & Learn” lobby one hour before each Family Series performance at the Ordway. Filled with art activities, music, and movement demonstrations designed to enhance the performance, it’s fun for the entire family!

  11. Mystic India – The World Tour

    345 Washington Street
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 224-4222

    Created by Director Amit Shah and featuring the AATMA Performing Arts dance company, Mystic India: The World Tour is an internationally-acclaimed Bollywood dance spectacular based on the concept of ancient India’s transition into modern India. The colorful costumes and elaborate sets have been custom designed by Amit Shah and handmade in India’s film capital by a team of 40 designers and workers over the course of four years. The team of diverse, impeccably trained dancers from the AATMA Performing Arts dance company combines authentic Indian and modern techniques bringing the streets Mumbai and New York into perfect harmony.

    Over half a million people have seen Mystic India: The World Tour since its conception in 2011 through its successful tours in South Africa, Switzerland, Canada, Bahrain, China, and various cities in the United States. The company has opened for Carrie Underwood in Las Vegas, and performed for executives of many Fortune 500 companies, as well as in major casinos, amusement parks, and performing arts centers. It is the first internationally-touring Indian dance production headed by the USA- based dance company, and the first touring Indian production that carries such a diverse case of artists. City and Shore Magazine voted it “The Must-See Show of the Season.”

    Audiences of Mystic India: The World Tour can expect an explosion of colors and energy as they travel on a celebratory journey through Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Punjab and Gujarat, and even through the progression of Bollywood films via a stunning visual display that fuses dance, theater, and spectacular special effects.

  12. One Voice Mixed Chorus presents Roots & Wings: 30 Years with One Voice

    345 Washington Street
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 224-4222

    Raise the roof with One Voice Mixed Chorus on Pride weekend for Roots & Wings as we celebrate 30 years with One Voice. One Voice’s humorous side will be shared while performing hilarious audience favorites like Gay vs. Straight Composers and Lesbian Second Date Moving Service to soul-stirring music, including Proud, and Still I Rise. This is a party you don’t want to miss!

  13. Pilobolus presents Shadowland

    345 Washington Street
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 224-4222

    Created by Pilobolus after several years of experimentation with short-form shadow play, Shadowland is part shadow act, part dance, part circus, and part concert. It’s a groundbreaking, first-of-its-kind performance conceived in collaboration with Steven Banks, lead writer for the playfully surreal animated series SpongeBob SquarePants, and propelled by a rhythmic original score by the popular American musician, producer, and film composer David Poe.

    The performance combines Pilobolus’s legendary approach to modern dance with high-energy, fastpaced multimedia innovation, including multiple moving screens of different sizes and shapes, and a groundbreaking merging of projected images and front-of-screen choreography that leverages darkness and light. It’s a tactic the company developed in its advertisements for Hyundai, and then honed in its performance at the 79th Annual Academy Awards in 2007.

  14. Saint Paul Public Schools Honors Concert and Performance Art Showcase

    345 Washington Street
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 224-4222

    More than 300 St. Paul student artists, vocalists and instrumentalists will showcase their skills during the 27th annual Honors Concert on April 17. The annual showcase, presented by the Ordway and Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS), in partnership with the Minnesota Museum of American Art (MMAA), includes an instrumental and vocal concert, as well as a projected slideshow of original student artwork.

    The Honors Concert will feature a performance by high school orchestra, band, dance and choir students. The event will also include a student Performance Showcase prior to the concert in the Ordway lobbies.

    5:30pm – Performance Showcase
    6:30pm – Honors Concert

  15. Schubert Club: Avi Avital, mandolin & Sergio and Odair Assad, guitar

    345 Washington Street
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 224-4222

    Avi Avital is an Israeli mandolinist, composer, and performer best known for his renditions of well-known Baroque and folk music, much of which was originally written for other instruments. Acknowledged by The New York Times for his “exquisitely sensitive playing” and “stunning agility,” Avi Avital is the first mandolin player to receive a GRAMMY nomination in the category “Best Instrumental Soloist.” After a wildly successful performance with Schubert Club Mix in 2015 (view the video highlights here), we are delighted to welcome him back to hear another side of his playing.
    Sérgio and Odair Assad are Brazilian-born brothers who have taken the classical guitar world by storm. Their exceptional artistry and uncanny ensemble playing come from both a family rich in Brazilian musical tradition and from studies with the guitar/lutenist Monina Távora (1921-2011), a disciple of Andrés Segovia. In addition to setting new performance standards, the Assads have played a major role in creating and introducing new music for two guitars. Their virtuosity has inspired a wide range of composers to write for them including Astor Piazzolla, Terry Riley, Radamés Gnattali, Marlos Nobre, and many others. The Assads last performed on our Music in the Park Series to a sold-out audience in May 2015. Hearing the musical talents of all three musicians together, all making their debuts on this series, will be a magical event.

  16. Tanya Tagaq: Retribution

    345 Washington Street
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 224-4222

    Celebrated Inuk performer Tanya Tagaq employs exquisite, unnerving vocal improvisations that blend traditional roots with contemporary culture. Following her debut engagement at the Walker in 2015 with Nanook of the North, Tagaq returns to perform music from her critically acclaimed and politically timely new recording, Retribution. The artist will be accompanied by a Twin Cities–based chorus, vocal chameleon Christine Duncan, drummer Jean Martin, and violinist Jesse Zubot in a boundary-pushing exploration of tone, timbre, texture, and the outer limits of human expression.

  17. Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience

    345 Washington Street
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 224-4222

    Since 1981, two time Grammy award-winning artist Terrance Simien has been shattering the myths about what his indigenous Zydeco roots music is—and is not. Leading his 5 piece, highly-skilled, and well-traveled Zydeco Experience band, Simien has become one of the most respected and accomplished artists in American roots music today. He and his band mates have performed over 7500 concerts and toured millions of miles to over 45 countries during their eventful career.

    2016 marked Simien’s 30th consecutive performance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival—the gold standard for showcasing and celebrating Louisiana music alongside more mainstream popular music. In 2014 Simien and his band mates garnered their second Grammy award for “Dockside Sessions” produced by George Receli, Bob Dylan’s long time drummer.

    Ordway Pre-Show Extra

    Saturday, February 10, 2018
    6:30PM | Target Atrium

    Join us one hour before the show for the Ordway Extra to learn about the evening’s performance genre(s) and topics through lecture, dialogue, or demonstration of an art form during this 30-minute pre-show event. The speakers are primarily Twin Cities-based and have expertise on the evening’s topics, connecting the touring performance to the local art scene.

  18. The Midtown Men: 4 Stars From the Original Cast of Broadway’s Jersey Boys

    345 Washington Street
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 224-4222

    They took Broadway by storm in one of the biggest hits of all-time. Now on their 7th national tour, The Midtown Men are bringing their magic to audiences everywhere, singing their favorite sixties hits from The Beatles, The Rascals, The Turtles, Motown, The Four Seasons, and more.

    This sensational production reunites four stars from the Original Broadway Cast of Jersey Boys. Tony Award winner Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and Tony Award nominee J. Robert Spencer star in this one-of-a-kind concert experience celebrating the music that defined the ’60s.

    These talented entertainers shared the Broadway stage for over a thousand performances in the mega-hit Jersey Boys. Now, as The Midtown Men, they’ve thrilled crowds on concert stages across the US, Canada and in Beijing, performing over 600 shows and singing with 31 major symphony orchestras. They’ve delighted television audiences on “The Today Show”, “Good Morning America,” “Access Hollywood,” “Katie,” and “The Chew.”

    Don’t miss this electrifying and soulful new production with its top-shelf choreography, incredible vocal performances and legendary onstage chemistry.

  19. The Okee Dokee Brothers

    345 Washington Street
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 224-4222

    Justin Lansing and Joe Mailander have been exploring the outdoors together since they were kids. Their extended canoe trip down the Mississippi River inspired their GRAMMY Award Winning album Can You Canoe? and was the first in their Adventure Album Series. Their trek along the Appalachian Trail was the subject of their follow up release, Through the Woods. Their latest album, Saddle Up is a joyous adventure through the American West. With songs written by campfire and harmonies born on the water, the natural world is at the heart of their Americana folk music. The Okee Dokee Brothers make room for kids to dance, for parents to share stories, and for everyone to gain respect for nature, each other, and the world we live in.

    Lap Passes

    Lap passes will be $5 each, and will only be available at the ticket office the day of the performance. They are for children under 3 only.

    There are a limited number of passes allowed for these events, and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis while quantities last.

    Ordway Pre-Show Play & Learn

    Saturday, September 30, 2017
    10:00AM | Target Atrium

    Don’t miss out on the free “Play & Learn” lobby one hour before each Family Series performance at the Ordway. Filled with art activities, music, and movement demonstrations designed to enhance the performance, it’s fun for the entire family!

  20. The Summit: The Manhattan Transfer Meets Take 6

    345 Washington Street
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 224-4222

    Celebrating their 45th anniversary in 2017, The Manhattan Transfer continues to set the standard as one of the world’s greatest and most innovative vocal groups. Winners of ten Grammy Awards, with millions of records sold worldwide, this amazing quartet is building upon the extraordinary legacy created by founder Tim Hauser who organized the four-part harmony group on October 1, 1972 in New York City. Now consisting of Janis Siegel (alto), Alan Paul (tenor), Cheryl Bentyne (soprano), and newcomer Trist Curless (bass) who replaced Hauser following his passing on October 16, 2014, the group is proud to extend Hauser’s vision more than four decades later.

    Defying categorization, The Manhattan Transfer became the first act to win Grammy Awards in the pop and jazz categories in one year, 1981: Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for “Boy From New York City” (a cover of the 1964 song by The Ad Libs), and Best Jazz Performance Duo or Group for “Until I Met You (Corner Pocket).”

    After 45 years, The Manhattan Transfer continues to raise the bar, and set even higher standards.

  21. The Temptations & the Four Tops

    345 Washington Street
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 224-4222

    Two of the greatest names in American music history, performing live together in one incredible show!

    The Temptations
    For more than fifty years, The Temptations have prospered, propelling popular music with a series of smash hits, and sold-out performances throughout the world. The history of The Temptations is the history of contemporary American pop. An essential component of the original Motown machine, that amazing engine invented by Berry Gordy, The Temps began their musical life in Detroit in the early sixties. Their avalanche of hits began in 1964 with the Smokey Robinson penned and produced “The Way You Do the Things You Do,” followed by “My Girl,” “It’s Growing,” “Since I Lost My Baby,” “Get Ready,” “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” “Beauty Is Only Skin Deep,” and “I Wish It Would Rain.”

    “Our challenge,” says legendary Temptations vocalist Otis Williams, “is to live in the present while respecting the past. Our past is filled with riches only a fool would discard. At the same time, we thrive on competition. As a Motowner, I grew up in the most competitive musical atmosphere imaginable. But we also understand that for a group with history, no matter how glorious that history might be, reinvention is the name of the game.”

    And so the Temptations go on, and on, and on.


    The Four Tops
    The quartet’s first Motown hit, “Baby I Need Your Loving” in 1964, made them stars. Their songs, soulful and bittersweet, were across-the-board successes, indispensable to any retrospective of the ‘60s. “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch),” a number one R&B and Pop smash in 1965, is one of Motown’s longest-running chart toppers. Other longtime favorites include “It’s The Same Old Song,” “Reach Out I’ll Be There,” “Standing In The Shadows Of Love,” “Bernadette,” and “When She Was My Girl” – making them one of the few groups to have hits in three consecutive decades.

    In 1990, with 24 Top 40 pop hits to their credit, the Four Tops were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. For Rolling Stone’s 2004 article “The Immortals – The Greatest Artists Of All Time,” Smokey Robinson remembered: “They were the best in my neighborhood in Detroit when I was growing up (and) the Four Tops will always be one of the biggest and the best groups ever. Their music is forever.”

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