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This week in theater: Cole Porter 'Broadway Songbook' opens at Ordway

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The music of a legendary songwriter whose style defined an era of Broadway will be featured at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St. Paul starting this week.

"Broadway Songbook: The Words and Music of Cole Porter" opens Friday and runs through April 28 at the Ordway. The show will feature such Porter hits as "You're The Top," "I Get A Kick Out Of You," "So In Love," "Another Opening, Another Show," "Night and Day" and "True Love."

Reviews are forthcoming.

Continuing this week is the ice fishing comedy "Nice Fish" at the Guthrie Theater’s McGuire Proscenium Stage in Minneapolis.

The creation of two-time Tony Award-winning actor Mark Rylance in collaboration with Duluth poet Louis Jenkins (whose work is a staple on “A Prairie Home Companion”), the world premiere play is about two men who have gone ice fishing on the last day of the season, as the ice is melting and DNR is watching.

Rylance recently talked about the show with the Pioneer Press and Star Tribune.

The production runs through May 18.

Also continuing its run this week is the Minnesota Opera production of “Turandot,” which runs through April 21 at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St. Paul. Check back for local reviews of the play later this week.

Staged in other cities, the production has critics buzzing. The reviewer for the Naples News (Fla.) said, “The story line of “Turandot” gives me nausea. The characters give me hives. But the music thrills me.”

The Arts Tribune in Sarasota, Fla., says while the production is “garish and over-the-top … those content to let the lush score, a magnificent orchestra and the strongest cast of singers yet heard on this stage to stand on their own with Puccini’s tale of the ice princess Turandot and her conquering suitor Calaf will be elated.”

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