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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  • Call the Box Office at 651-224-4222 for more information, or visit ordway.org.

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  1. Caravan: A Revolution on the Road

    Caravan: A Revolution on the Road

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

    Part of From the Ground Up, a celebration of hip hop culture.

    Terence Blanchard and the E-Collective have collaborated with choreographer Rennie Harris’ company, Puremovement, and sculptor/projection mapping artist Andrew Scott to create a new work. Caravan: A Revolution on the Road is an expansion on themes explored on the first E-Collective recording and tour. These artists will create a multi-disciplinary performance that transcends racial and social boundaries, and breathe new artistic life into conversations on personal and collective identity in relation to social and political structures. Following the release of Breathless, an elegy for Eric Garner, Blanchard expressed that “we’ve been having dialogues for far too long with no actions, no change.” The forceful, yet inclusive energy of this new project encourages the audience to make yet another step toward positive social change.
    Blanchard’s fusion of jazz, R&B, blues, funk, and soul will synergistically interweave with Harris’s approach to movement, which represents a kind of archaeology of the human spirit through vernacular African American dance styles. Scott’s conceptually-based visual projections and installations, which are rooted in African and African American art and culture, will seamlessly integrate into the overall artistic narrative. The skeleton of the work will examine these larger societal issues, while the individual nuances of the stories will reflect the life experiences of each artist and their thoughts and feelings about black lives in the 21st century.

  2. Christmas with Cantus

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

    Storytelling is a wondrous and meaningful part of the holiday season. Christmas with Cantus reimagines three beloved stories: "The Little Matchstick Girl," "Christmas or the Good Fairy," and "The Nutcracker." Featuring narrated passages from these timeless holiday tales alongside familiar carols and new holiday classics, Christmas with Cantus reminds us of the meaning and joy of the season.

  3. Classic Albums Live Presents Creedence Clearwater Revival's Green River

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

    Classic Albums Live takes classic albums and recreates them live on stage - note for note, cut for cut. Founded in 2003 by Craig Martin, Classic Albums Live has become the ultimate destination for music lovers wanting to hear the greatest albums performed live. Relying only on the music, using what Martin refers to as "the world's best musicians," Classic Albums Live has defined itself as a mainstay in performing arts centers across North America.

  4. Classic Albums Live: Pink Floyd's The Wall

    Classic Albums Live: Pink Floyd's The Wall

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

    Classic Albums Live takes classic albums and recreates them live on stage - note for note, cut for cut. Founded in 2003 by Craig Martin, Classic Albums Live has become the ultimate destination for music lovers wanting to hear the greatest albums performed live. Relying only on the music, using what Martin refers to as "the world's best musicians," Classic Albums Live has defined itself as a mainstay in performing arts centers across North America.

  5. Colin Mochrie presents HYPROV: Improv Under Hypnosis

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

    From the minds of improv and comedy legend Colin Mochrie and master hypnotist Asad Mecci comes a brand new, mind-blowing, jaw-dropping, side-splitting show. Hypnotism and improvisation come together as two masters of their crafts unite for a totally unique experience: improv under hypnosis.

  6. Danu

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

    Hailing from counties Waterford, Cork, Dublin, and Donegal in Ireland, Danu is one of the leading traditional Irish ensembles of today. The band formed in 1995 as part of Ireland's delegation to Lorient Inter-Celtic Festival in Brittany, France (an annual event that is the biggest gathering of Celtic nations in the world). Their self-titled debut album was released in 1997 to huge critical acclaim, and in 1999 Danu signed a multi-album record deal with the US-based recording label Shanachie Entertainment - with whom they subsequently released five albums and a live DVD internationally between 2000 and 2006. Over the past few years, Danu has added three independent releases to their discography.

    For over two decades, Danu's virtuosi players on flute, tin whistle, fiddle, button accordion, bouzouki, and vocals (Irish and English) have delighted audiences worldwide. Winners of numerous awards from the BBC and Irish Music Magazine, Danu has toured throughout Europe and North America with stops at The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles and Symphony Space in New York City. Danu takes its audiences on a musical journey to their native Ireland, offering a moving and memorable concert experience.

    In 2016, Danu welcomed star vocalist Nell Ni Chroinin into the fold, marking the beginning of an exciting new chapter in the band’s legacy. Nell's multiple awards include TG4 Traditional Singer of the Year 2012 and the prestigious Oireactas 'Corn Ui Riada' award in 2014.

  7. Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

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

    Celebrating its 40th Anniversary season, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo was founded in 1974 by a group of ballet enthusiasts for the purpose of presenting a playful, entertaining view of traditional, classical ballet in parody form and en travesti. Les Ballets Trockadero first performed in the late-late shows in Off-Off Broadway lofts. The Trocks, as they are affectionately known, quickly garnered a major critical essay by Arlene Croce in The New Yorker, and combined with reviews in The New York Times and The Village Voice, established the company as an artistic and popular success.

    The original concept of Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo has not changed. It is a company of professional male dancers performing the full range of the ballet and modern dance repertoire, including classical and original works in faithful renditions of the manners and conceits of those dance styles. The comedy is achieved by incorporating and exaggerating the foibles, accidents, and underlying incongruities of serious dance. The fact that men dance all the parts - heavy bodies delicately balancing on toes as swans, sylphs, water sprites, romantic princesses, angst-ridden Victorian ladies - enhances rather than mocks the spirit of dance as an art form, delighting and amusing the most knowledgeable, as well as novices, in the audiences. For the future, there are plans for new works in the repertoire: new cities, states, and countries to perform in; and for the continuation of the Trocks' original purpose: to bring the pleasure of dance to the widest possible audience. They will, as they have done for forty years, "keep on Trockin'."

  8. Maria Bamford

    Maria Bamford

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

    Back at the Ordway after last year’s sell-out performance, comedian and Duluth native Maria Bamford stars in the semi-autobiographical Netflix comedy series Lady Dynamite, one of 2016's must-see shows by Variety and Rolling Stone. She is the creator and star of Maria Bamford: The Special Special Special and of the cult hit web series The Maria Bamford Show

  9. Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives

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

    Marty Stuart is a five-time Grammy winner, platinum recording artist, Lifetime Achievement Award recipient from the Americana Music Association, Grand Ole Opry star, country music archivist, photographer, musician, and songwriter. Since starting out singing gospel as a child, Stuart has spent over four decades celebrating American roots music. His teenage years on tour with bluegrass legend Lester Flatt in the '70s were followed by six years in Johnny Cash’s band in the '80s, and a chart-topping tenure as a solo artist in the '90s. Stuart hosts a Late Night Jam at The Ryman, a yearly tradition which kicks off the CMA Music Festival, with recent guests including Dolly Parton, Jerry Lee Lewis, Neko Case, Eric Church, Chris Stapleton, Maren Morris, Dan Auerbach, and many more.

  10. My Little Pony Live

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

    My Little Pony Live is a dazzling all-new stage musical ready to entertain and delight! Featuring an original story, follow Twilight Sparkle, Pinkie Pie, Rarity, Fluttershy, Applejack, and Rainbow Dash (with Spike in tow!) as the beloved ponies embrace their true colors and embark on a magical adventure. Come one pony, come all, on this unforgettable journey to Equestria! Don't miss My Little Pony Live, the ultimate celebration of laughter, kindness, and the magic of friendship.

  11. Okee Dokee Brothers

    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. Now, as the Grammy-winning Okee Dokee Brothers, they write songs to encourage kids and families to get outside and get creative. Their brand new album Winterland is a tribute to the season of coziness, family time, and outdoor fun! This cold-weather project is the follow-up to their wildly popular Adventure Album trilogy which was inspired by their extended canoe trip down the Mississippi River (Can You Canoe?), their month-long trek along the Appalachian Trail (Through The Woods), and a joyous horseback adventure through the American West (Saddle Up).

    With songs written under wide-open skies and harmonies fine-tuned around the campfire, 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.

  12. Once On This Island

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

    Winner of the 2018 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND is the sweeping, universal tale of Ti Moune, a fearless peasant girl in search of her place in the world, and ready to risk it all for love. Guided by the mighty island gods, Ti Moune sets out on a remarkable journey to reunite with the man who has captured her heart.

    The groundbreaking vision of two-time Tony Award nominated director Michael Arden (Spring Awakening revival) and acclaimed choreographer Camille A. Brown (NBC's Jesus Christ Superstar Live) conjures up "a place where magic is possible and beauty is apparent for all to see!" (The Huffington Post). With a score that bursts with life from Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, the Tony Award-winning songwriters of Anastasia and Ragtime, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND is a timeless testament to theater's unlimited possibilities.

    This touring production, directed by Michael Arden and choreographed by Ordway favorite Camille A. Brown, will play in Minnesota for the first time.

  13. Ragamala Dance Company

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

    Conceived and choreographed by Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy, Written in Water explores the universal paradigm of a seeker on a journey to connect the human with the transcendent and reveal mysteries within the self. In this large-scale, multimedia dance work, dancers and musicians move freely between composition and improvisation, and activate the space by negotiating snakes and ladders - representing the heights of ecstasy and depths of longing.

    Forging new artistic paradigms, Ragamala has commissioned a score from Carnatic composer Prema Ramamurthy and Iraqi-American composer/musician Amir ElSaffar, who leads a live, 5-person musical ensemble with a distinct alchemy of Iraqi, jazz, and South Indian instruments. The work unfolds amidst lush images of paintings commissioned from visual artist V. Keshav (Chennai, India), projected on the stage floor and upstage scrim.

  14. Rita Moreno

    Rita Moreno

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

    The incomparable Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Grammy, and Peabody Career Achievement Award winner joins us for an evening of stories and songs. From the American Songbook, Broadway classics, selections from her new Spanish album, and even rap, this is a night with an entertainment legend you won’t want to miss.

    Rita Moreno's countless credits span more than six decades, beginning with her Broadway debut at age 13. Moreno has starred on Broadway; London's West End; appeared in more than 40 feature films, and countless television shows; has performed in numerous regional theaters including her one woman show, Life Without Makeup at the Berkeley Rep. And for three seasons, Rita starred in the widely popular Latino remake of Norman Lear's classic sitcom, One Day at a Time on Netflix. Moreno received the Kennedy Center Honor for her lifetime contributions to American Culture and was honored by her peers as the 50th recipient of the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award.

  15. ROOTED: Special Edition featuring Tish Jones, Carnage the Executioner, and Desdamona

    ROOTED: Special Edition featuring Tish Jones, Carnage the Executioner, and Desdamona

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

    Part of From the Ground Up, a celebration of hip hop culture
    This celebration of the foundations of hip hop, created and curated by Maia Maiden, exhibits the skills and techniques of the finest choreographers in the Twin Cities. ROOTED: Special Edition, an extension of the award-winning ROOTED: Hip Hop Choreographers’ Evening, is a high-energy performance where audience members can share space with Minnesota’s diverse hip hop community.
    ROOTED: Hip Hop Choreographers’ Evening is a celebration of the foundations of hip hop—the first and only choreographers’ evening focused exclusively on dance under the hip hop umbrella and its roots. This show exhibits the skills and techniques of the finest hip hop artists in Minnesota, featuring old-school favorites, up-and-coming talent, and women. ROOTED, the only show of its kind embracing the history of hip hop culture, has sold out every year since its debut in 2009. #DoItForHipHop
    Featuring appearances by:
    Tish Jones
    Carnage the Executioner
    Desdamona
    With appearances by
    A+
    ALL DAY
    Atlantis13
    bzy chln
    Epitome-No Question
    Squad 7 Kingdom
    Vasthy Anang
    Breakerz Salute featuring Abide, Azaria Evans, Del Soul, GodSent, Ian Smith, and Jovi Jenovi
    Krumperz Salute featuring Fair Warning, Girl Kaution, Kid Kaution, Lady Gambit, Lady Kaution, Lady Mosi, Mosi, O, Queen Gambit, Soulja O, Stain, and Virgo
    Special Guest DJ Digie

  16. Shen Yun

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

    Shen Yun's unique artistic vision expands theatrical experience into a multi-dimensional, inspiring journey through one of humanity's greatest treasures - the ?ve millennia of traditional Chinese culture.

    This epic production immerses you in stories reaching back to the most distant past. You'll explore realms even beyond our visible world. Featuring one of the world's oldest art forms - classical Chinese dance - along with patented scenographical e?ects and all-original orchestral works, Shen Yun opens a portal to a civilization of enchanting beauty and enlightening wisdom.

  17. SIX

    SIX

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

    See SIX at the Ordway before it heads to Broadway!

    “A total blast! It’s as much a Beyoncé-style pop-concert as theatre… Go Queens!”
    – Chicago Tribune

    “Delivers pure entertainment… wickedly smart lyrics.”
    – The New York Times

    Divorced, beheaded, died; divorced, beheaded, survived. All this time, they’ve been just one word in a stupid rhyme—so they picked up a pen and a microphone. History’s about to get overthrown.

    After a wildly successful UK tour and a sold out run in Chicago, the musical phenomenon of SIX is appearing on the Ordway stage!

    The wives of Henry VIII join forces for an electrifying pop-concert spectacle—shining a spotlight on these six women as never before. The queens take the mic to reclaim their identities out of the shadow of their infamous spouse, remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into a power-packed celebration of twenty-first-century female empowerment. Backed by a band known as the “Ladies in Waiting,” the all-woman ensemble crosses the spectrum of modern-day pop with a soundtrack that has stormed to the top of the global charts.

    SIX is scheduled to begin performances on Broadway in 2020.

  18. TaikoArts Midwest HERbeat: Taiko Women ALL-STARS

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

    TaikoArts Midwest proposes a simple, ground-breaking idea: bring the best North American and Japanese female taiko artists together for a two-week artist residency to collaborate and create a one-of-a-kind performance. Envisioned as a catalyst to fuel movement towards gender equity in taiko, this project celebrates and puts women center stage in a collaborative, unique performance.

  19. The Color Purple

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

    THE COLOR PURPLE is the 2016 Tony Award winner for Best Musical Revival! Hailed as "a direct hit to the heart" (The Hollywood Reporter), this joyous American classic has conquered Broadway in an all-new "ravishingly reconceived production that is a glory to behold" (The New York Times).

    With a soul-raising, Grammy-winning score of jazz, gospel, ragtime and blues, THE COLOR PURPLE gives an exhilarating new spirit to this Pulitzer Prize-winning story.

    Don't miss this stunning re-imagining of an epic story about a young woman's journey to love and triumph in the American South. Experience the exhilarating power of this Tony-winning triumph that New York Magazine calls "one of the greatest revivals ever."

  20. 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. Now, as the Grammy-winning Okee Dokee Brothers, they write songs to encourage kids and families to get outside and get creative. Their brand new album Winterland is a tribute to the season of coziness, family time, and outdoor fun! This cold-weather project is the follow-up to their wildly popular Adventure Album trilogy which was inspired by their extended canoe trip down the Mississippi River (Can You Canoe?), their month-long trek along the Appalachian Trail (Through The Woods), and a joyous horseback adventure through the American West (Saddle Up).

    With songs written under wide-open skies and harmonies fine-tuned around the campfire, 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.

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