Monthly Archives: January 2012

HELLO. We would like to share with you the most amazing season!

Psst…can you keep a secret? Well, we couldn’t- which is why we’re announcing our next Broadway Season early this year! Two of the hottest shows in years, The Book of Mormon and War Horse, are coming to the Orpheum Theatre as part of our 2012/13 Broadway Season. This new season features five Minnesota debuts including Catch Me If You Can, Priscilla Queen of the Desert and Flashdance. Running from October 2012 to June 2013, this unparalleled lineup brings the best of Broadway to Hennepin Avenue. Check out the full season schedule – below.

We know what you’re thinking…

“How the heck can I get tickets to War Horse and Mormon?!”

Starting today at 6pm (Jan 26, 2012), tickets to the most AMAZING season are on sale in three ways: as part of a Broadway Season Package, to Trust Donors and through Group Sales.

“But wait, when will single tickets go on sale to the public?!”

Our 12/13 Broadway shows have not announced when single tickets will be on sale to the general public. The best way to guarantee that you get tickets is to buy in advance as a Trust Donor, Season Subscriber or Group. To be notified of public on sale dates and receive special pre-sale codes for all of the shows on our Broadway Season, sign up for our Weekly Newsletter.

2012-2013 Minneapolis Broadway Season

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

October 16-21, 2012
“Be our guest” for the returning family favorite that had its national tour debut at the Orpheum Theatre in 1995.

Catch Me If You Can

December 11-16, 2012
He was a pilot. A doctor. And a lawyer. Did we mention he was a teenager? And a charming one at that!

Priscilla Queen of the Desert

January 8-13, 2013
Because you haven’t lived until you’ve seen “I Will Survive” performed by men wearing brightly colored spandex.

The Book of Mormon

February 5-17, 2013
“South Park” creators meet Avenue Q co-creator and birthed the most irreverent show in Broadway history.

Flashdance

April 2-7, 2013
Inspiring a whole new generation of women since 1983. Bring on the leggings, headbands and legwarmers!

SEASON SPECIAL: Disney’s Mary Poppins

April 23-28, 2013
It’s supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

War Horse

June 12-23, 2013
Do you know how the Tony Award-winning Handspring Puppet Company created astonishing life-sized puppets to bring horses to life on stage? Neither do we, but we’re going to find out!

Be sure to let us know if you have questions about Season Ticket Packages or any of these exciting shows and we look forward to seeing you at the Orpheum Theatre.

Bringing Broadway to Your Backyard

SpotLight student Celena Morgan with Les Miserables cast member Natalie Weiss

Fun Fact: La Cage Aux Folles, Les Misérables and Disney’s The Lion King have all featured at least one performer who has at some point in their life called Minnesota “home”.

Fun Fact Bonus: In December, Hennepin Theatre Trust welcomed another Minnesota native, Broadway actress/vocalist and SpotLight Spokesperson Linda Eder, who performed at the Pantages Theatre.

For the roughly 150 SpotLight students who have had the chance to interact with these performers, it means an opportunity to meet and learn from people who started right where they did, making that dream of performing an in-your-face reality.

This year the Trust’s SpotLight Musical Theatre Program is pleased to offer nearly 5,000 students from 56 schools around Minnesota the chance to work with Tony nominees, Broadway veterans and touring cast members through interactive workshops. Each workshop offers students a different perspective, with classes ranging from stage combat to character development. In December, over 50 SpotLight students joined Les Misérables cast members Ben Gunderson (a graduate of Moorhead High School) and Natalie Weiss for a dual Broadway workshop.

Gunderson kicked off the afternoon with an introduction to stage combat class. Rebecca Meyer-Larson, the current Moorhead High School Theatre Director who also taught Gunderson, had the opportunity to watch her former and current worlds collide.  “It was a thrill to watch him interact with young artists from around the state. I was especially wowed at what a great teacher he has become. His stage combat master class was informative and fun.”

Following Gunderson’s workshop, five students were given a vocal master class taught by Weiss while the other students observed. At the workshop, Celena Morgan, a senior at the St. Paul Conservatory for the Performing Arts, a first-year SpotLight school, commented “I’m very excited! I’ve been wanting to do this since my freshman year and I am so grateful for the opportunity to be the SpotLight liaison for SPCPA.”

Working with Weiss was a “dream come true” for Morgan. “With Natalie, I was able to improve my acting choices. It was good to have an outside source helping me beside my teachers at school.”

Both Weiss and Gunderson conducted a Q&A session with the students following their workshops, imparting advice about their own careers and life as “swings” on the road with Les Mis.

“We each have our own system for taking notes to learn our tracks. I have note cards. It’s really a matter of developing your observation skills. And also combatting your perfectionist personality because if you’re going to go out on stage completely unrehearsed with 30 other people, you’re going to make a few mistakes. But we all get over it and we all learn from it,” said Gunderson.  Meyer-Larson especially admired her former student’s final words of advice.  “I especially appreciated his advice to young performers- ‘Love yourself’,” said Meyer-Larson. “Ben wants to reach out to young artists, share his story and encourage them to write their own.”

Check out the video below with Gunderson, Weiss and Morgan in action and view highlights from the Les Misérables workshop!

Stay tuned for more videos of upcoming workshops with cast members from Lion King, American Idiot, Million Dollar Quartet, Mamma Mia and Blue Man Group. You can also visit Hennepin Theatre Trust’s YouTube page to check out highlight videos from workshops with other Minnesota superstars including two-time Tony nominee and St. Paul native Christopher Sieber, seen recently in La Cage Aux Folles at the State Theatre. To learn more about the SpotLight Musical Theatre Program, please visit our website.