Monthly Archives: January 2013

World Premiere of a New Opera “Doubt”

World Premiere of a New Opera “Doubt”

Doubt (verb): to lack confidence in; to consider unlikely; to fear; distrust.  John Patrick Shanley wrote the play “Doubt” in 2005, adapted it to a film in 2008 and has now created the libretto for the world premiere opera at the Ordway in St. Paul.  The production was one of the more beautifully crafted pieces… Continue Reading

MPR interview

MPR interview

Last week I was interview on Minnesota Public Radio (MPR).  Below is the clip: http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/01/24/music-with-minnesotans-bartley-stratton ST. PAUL, Minn. — Bartley Stratton loves musical theatre. By day she owns a social media company called Yodel Networking which she tells me primarily helps companies have a successful presence on Face Book. But at night – and weekends… Continue Reading

Painting a new picture of Pinocchio

Painting a new picture of Pinocchio

We all know the children’s story of the puppet, Pinocchio, who wanted to be a “real boy”.  Remember, the one whose father loved him but he kept lying so his nose grew longer and longer?  Then he decided to go to playland instead of school, turned into a donkey, and had to run away. Yes,… Continue Reading

Home run or a base hit?

Home run or a base hit?

Park Square Theatre in downtown St. Paul has opened its doors to make room for the regional premiere of “Johnny Baseball”.  When opening my program, the first line I read was “Doing new work is always a risk.”  I commend the theater for taking one.  The question is, did it work? “Johnny Baseball” was premiered… Continue Reading

Life is a cabaret, old chum, come to the cabaret!

Life is a cabaret, old chum, come to the cabaret!

There are a few select theaters in the Twin Cities where I volunteer, Bloomington Civic Theatre being one of them. Volunteering gives me another perspective on theater, which I love. Greeting patrons with a smile and seeing all different types of people, depending on the show, offers a new lens in which to look at… Continue Reading

Solving the mystery of Edwin Drood

Solving the mystery of Edwin Drood

The St. Paul Conservatory does a fascinating “J term” experiment. They audition the students, cast them and then give them thirteen days to put on a production. I was told by the staff that the focus is on the process, not the production itself. It is more of a workshop for the students to learn… Continue Reading

Video of the week for 1/21/13

Video of the week for 1/21/13

In advance of seeing “Cabaret” at Bloomington Civic Theatre this week, I chose to highlight the song “Money” made famous by Joel Grey and Liza Minnelli in the award winning movie.  The Star Tribune claims that choreographer Joe “Chvala helps Joey Clark create a masterful Master of Ceremonies, entirely banishing memories of Joel Grey.”  Those… Continue Reading

Broadway Songbook- All Sondheim all the time

Broadway Songbook- All Sondheim all the time

The Ordway is doing a newer series called “Broadway Songbook”.  They are highlighting the brilliance behind the artists.  Last year I saw one of their first shows about contemporary theater.  I really enjoyed it, so I bought a ticket this past October to see “The Words and Music of Stephen Sondheim” and saw it this… Continue Reading

Now playing at the Guthrie

Now playing at the Guthrie

This week I attended the Guthrie Theater two nights in a row.  For those of you not from Minnesota, the Guthrie is one of the more well-known theaters in the Twin Cities.  It boasts three stages, restaurants, an observation deck, theater classes, tours and more.  They are famous for their yearly production of “A Christmas… Continue Reading