The Ordway knows its audience. The newly announced 2010-2011 season features a number of well-known shows, old favorites, and a healthy selection of world music and local talent.
In addition to “Joseph and his Technicolor Dreamcoat” with American Idol finalist Anthony Fedorov in the lead role which will open December 7th and run through the holiday season, “Stomp” (above) returns in March. There is also “The Gospel at Colonus,” the show opening the season in August, which wowed Guthrie audiences almost 25 years ago during the Garland Wright era. “Guys and Dolls” and “9 to 5: the musical” will be summer offerings in 2011, rounded out in May by “Next to Normal” which was a Broadway hit in 2009, winning three Tonys.
The World Music and Dance season opens with Bridgman/Packer Dance in October, followed by social activist dance group CONTRA-TIEMPO on November 19th. The following night there will be a musical evening with Tiempo Libre.
Grammy Award-winning performer Angélique Kidjo arrives in January to perform her mix of West African music, R&B, funk and jazz. In February Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience will bring his blend of zydeco, funk and reggae. Another mixture of styles and cultures will appear on stage in April as BeijingDance/LDTX brings it’s performance based on Chinese tradition and contemporary movement styles.
The dance season is rounded out by a show by TU Dance, the Minnesota company formed by Alvin Ailey veterans Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands.
Other local performers who will join the Ordway season are Theater Latte Da which will work with the ordway on “Evita” in September 2010, and Mu Daiko with “Soul of the Drum” which will feature a weekend purely of local performers, and another of national artists in June 2011.
And of course there will be the Flint Hills International Children’s Festival on June 4th and 5th 2011. (This year’s Festival, the 10th will be June 5the and 6th.)
You can find full details here.