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The Pirates Of Penzance at the Ordway

The Pirates Of Penzance at the Ordway

The first thing to say about the Ordway’s rollicking production of the William Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan classic The Pirates Of Penzance (in the cavernous Ordway, through August 16): it’s good. Excellent, in fact. Especially the music. Everyone sings the wonderful music with laudable authority. Everybody. Especially (as a reviewer, I’m obigated to single...
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Damn Yankees at the Ordway

Damn Yankees at the Ordway

Truth be told, Damn Yankees (the Ordway, through June 28) is not a great show. It has its charms and a handful of memorable tunes, but its plot is, well, dumb. A reframing of Faust set in the world of 1950s baseball, Damn Yankees tells the story of Joe, a die-hard Washington Senators fan, who...
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Camelot at the Ordway

Camelot at the Ordway

Camelot (at the Ordway, through May 17) harkens back to a simpler age, when a sturdy chap like Lancelot could be an arrogant, egotistical, sword-twirling, overweening and preening , and still get the girl. Nowadays a fellow must pay at least lip-service to sensitivity and depth, without which the Gueneveres...
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Porgy and Bess at the Ordway

Porgy and Bess at the Ordway

Soaring melodies! Big orchestrations and choruses of voices big enough to take it on! Diva voices larger than life! Oh, this is gorgeous! Thank you, Ordway, for bringing us our beloved “Porgy and Bess” in a form that befits this classic by George and Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward. “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess”...
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Miss Saigon at the Ordway

Miss Saigon at the Ordway

Why do we go to the theater? For the acting.  Actors amaze and thrill us with their uncanny ability to become something else, to overcome the pain and sorrow of their existence.  To triumph, always, over the circumstances of their lives (even if this triumph means death).  No other artists do this so well...
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Company by Theatre Latté Da performing in the Ordway McKnight Theatre

Company by Theatre Latté Da performing in the Ordway McKnight Theatre

Last night your indomitable HowWasTheShow.com reviewers, Janet Preus and John Olive, attended the Theater Latté Da opening of the masterwork Company (at the Ordway McKnight Theatre, through Nov 18).  After the show they repaired to the bar at Kincaid’s for beverages, fries and pithy conversation, excerpted herewith: Janet Preus:  I liked the show. John...
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Chicago at the Ordway

Chicago at the Ordway

The dominant creative force in Chicago (at the Ordway, through Aug 12) has been dead for 25 years: Bob Fosse.  Fosse directed and choreographed the original 1975 production (and co-wrote the book with Fred Ebb).  The present touring show takes great pains to “recreat” the original choreography and direction, “in the style of Bob...
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Fela at the Ordway

Fela at the Ordway

You have just until June 17 to see “Fela” at the Ordway before it heads back to Broadway for a run starting in July. Forget what it was you were going to do this week, quit reading this and get your tickets! You don’t want to miss this one. It’s infused with infectious music,...
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The Addams Family at the Ordway

The Addams Family at the Ordway

The Addams Family has settled into the friendly confines of the Ordway for a solid two week run (through May 20).  Your intrepid HowWasTheShow.com reviewers, Janet Preus and John Olive, attended opening night, then repaired to the Amsterdam Bar for cold beverages and an order of greas—, er, no, make that perfectly rendered freedom...
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Memphis at the Ordway

Memphis at the Ordway

Beale Street. Few places figure so centrally in American musical culture.  A case could be made for Congo Square in New Orleans, for the now-disappeared jazz clubs along 52nd Street, Laurel Canyon in the 1960s, the Grand Ole Opry.  But do these reign as completely as Memphis’s Beale Street, home to the great founder...
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