The ‘Six’ wives of Henry VIII arrive in Ordway, as do ‘My Fair Lady’ and Patti LuPone
“Six,” the electrifying musical about Henry VIII’s six queens, returns from Broadway to the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, where it sold out before New York in 2019.
The dazzling women’s empowerment show is part of St. Paul’s Performing Arts Hall’s 2022-23 season, which also includes Bart Sher’s Lincoln Center production of “My Fair Lady,” a local version of “Beauty and the Beast” and the national tour of “A Soldier’s Play,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Charles Fuller, directed by Tony winner Kenny Leon, and starring Norm Lewis.
The Ordway also announced a series of concerts that bring the world to Minnesota and Minnesota to the world.
“We’re going to take our audience on a journey,” said Ordway President and CEO Chris Harrington, who described the programming as important, bold and necessary after the nation’s shared traumas.
‘The Ordway is a community gathering space where people from all walks of life come to have fun, connect with friends and meet new people, heal and get away from it all,’ he said.
His Broadway series kicks off with “Six,” a pop-rock musical about the six wives of Henry VIII. All must face a tyrannical king but each finds strength (October 25-November 6).
“Beauty and the Beast” takes over the resort. Although no director has been named, some well-established Twin Cities performers have been announced as cast members, including Rajané Katurah in Belle, Thomasina Petrus in Madame de la Grande Bouche and Max Wojtanowicz in Cogsworth (Nov. 30- December 31st). .
“Soldier’s Play,” set on a Louisiana Army base in 1944 and orbiting the murder of a black sergeant, will be performed off-campus at the Fitzgerald Theater (February 8-12, 2023).
And “My Fair Lady,” whose memorable songs include “I Could’ve Danced All Night,” “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly,” and “Just You Wait,” kicks off spring in Minnesota with the story of transformation. from a street girl to a “lady” (March 21-25, 2023).
Ordway’s concert roster includes “Cuba Live,” a performance by Minnesota jazz star Nachito Herrera and the Havana Jazz All Stars (September 24) and Damien Sneed’s “Our Song, Our Story.” A composer and conductor, Sneed moves easily between opera, art songs and spirituals and is presented by the Arts Partnership, which includes not only the Ordway but also the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Opera and the Schubert Club (November 18).
The Grammy-winning Sounds of Blackness will present “Music for Martin,” a stew of jazz, blues, spirituals, rock, gospel, hip-hop and soul (January 13, 2023).
And Broadway legend Patti LuPone will present a concert of standards, “Don’t Monkey With Broadway.” It will draw on the songbooks of Richard Rodgers, Cole Porter, Lorenz Hart, Stephen Schwartz, Charles Strouse, Stephen Sondheim and Irving Berlin (April 14, 2023).
Subscriptions, from $168 to $405, are available online or at 651-224-4222. Individual tickets will go on sale later.