Seventy-Six Trombones on Superior Street with ‘The Music Man’

A theatrical slice of apple pie, Meredith Willson’s The Music Man is the perfect choice for the historic NorShor’s first summertime extravaganza. Willson who wrote the book, lyrics, and score, set the show in fictional River City, Iowa. Speaking of River City as being much like his own hometown of Mason City, Iowa, Willson said, …


‘Don Giovanni’ takes stage at the NorShor

Lights, Camera… Opera! Lyric Opera of the North celebrates the opening of the NorShor with a production of Don Giovanni set in the “Golden Age” of 1930s Hollywood. In this Mozart-meets-the-movies production, our leading man uses his power to play with the lives of everyone on set. But every action has a consequence, and although …


Don Ness variety show takes to the stage set by his father decades ago

It’s been about 30 years since a humorist with a lot of local connections compared Duluth to a gifted individual with an inferiority complex — and then tried to do something about it. “That’s what Duluth seems like,” Don Ness Sr. told the News Tribune way-back-when. “We hope to improve the city’s self-image a bit …


REVIEW: ‘Our Town’ a treasure trove of American moments

The Playhouse last staged Thornton Wilder’s Our Town in 2010. Thursday night (May 24), a new production of the classic American play opened at the NorShor Theatre, and I think American society must have advanced at least a quarter-century in those eight years.     Our Town requires a mostly bare stage and a minimum of props. Curtis Philip’s scenic design is elegantly …


Finance & Commerce announces Top Projects of 2017

Minnesota was bustling with construction activity in 2017, with significant projects completed from Duluth to Rochester and across the Twin Cities metro area. An independent panel selected 33 honorees for Finance & Commerce’s annual Top Projects. The projects include the Minnesota Capitol restoration in St. Paul, the Target Center renovation in Minneapolis and the revitalization of the …

 

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