Ordway’s Broadway season brings back “SIX” and includes local production of “Beauty and the Beast” – Twin Cities

Six exuberant rock women open the 2022-23 Broadway season of the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, as the musical “SIX” returns to St. Paul.

Patti Lupone
Patti LuPone performs in 2013. (Photo by Rahav iggy Segev / photopass.com)

The Broadway @ the Ordway season will include four shows (including one to be produced locally) in the new season, announced on March 29 alongside four concerts (including Broadway legend Patti LuPone) in the Ordway Presents Series.

Henry VIII’s six wives tell their stories in pop princess rock concert style in “SIX,” which played on the Ordway in the winter of 2019, just before heading to Broadway. This is one of two productions of the show touring nationwide, which will stop at the Ordway from 25 October to 25 November. 6.

“It’s a great Broadway hit, also selling robustly through COVID,” said Ordway production director Rod Kaats. The Ordway prides itself on its connection to the “big noisy show,” he added.

After Anne Boleyn and Co. have claimed their place in history (or is it her story?), Ordway’s production of “Beauty and the Beast” is staged for the holidays, from November 30 to December 30. 31. Local actors already announced for the show are Rajané Katurah as Belle, Jorie Kosel as Babette, Thomasina Petrus as Madame de la Grande Bouche and Max Wojtanowicz as Cogsworth.

Kaats calls it a “splendid, stupendous” production.

Broadway actor Norm Lewis will be in attendance
Broadway actor Norm Lewis will be in “A Soldier’s Play”. (Courtesy photo)

The Ordway brings a touring production of “A Soldier’s Play” to the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul from February 8-12. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the work is set on a Louisiana Army base in the 1940s and written in the 1980s. Kaats calls this look at racial animosity and showdown “powerful and provocative, with 1940s ideas and concepts seen from the 1980s.” Broadway’s Norm Lewis (who played Porgy in “Porgy and Bess”, Inspector Javert in “Les Miserables”, the ghost in “Phantom of the Opera” and King Triton in “The Little Mermaid” on Broadway) will star.

Lincoln Center’s touring production of “My Fair Lady” concludes the season March 21-25, 2023. The classic story of flower seller Eliza Doolittle, who is taken off the streets and trained to pass for a lady by a linguistics professor, it’s “a fascinating production with a kind of contemporary twist,” said Kaats.

Ordway presents the series

This new concert series will include four concerts, including LuPone and artist and instrumentalist Damien Sneed.

Local musicians in the concert lineup are Minnesota jazz icon Nachito Herrera and the Havana Jazz All Stars performing “CUBA LIVE” on September 24 and Grammy Sounds of Blackness winning singers performing “Music for Martin” (music, storytelling, images and excerpts from Martin Luther King Jr.’s speeches) January 13.

LuPone’s concert on April 14, 2023 is titled “Don’t Monkey with Broadway”.

Sneed’s November 18th concert is “Our Song, Our Story” with opera arias, art songs and spirituals, featuring opera singers Raehann Bryce-Davis and Brandie Inez Sutton accompanied by a string quartet and Sneed al piano.

Subscriptions are already on sale. Tickets for individual shows will go on sale this summer. Subscriptions start at $ 168 and are available at ordway.org or by calling 651-224-4222.

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