Ordway Center for the Performing Arts




Photo by Paul Kolnik


Recognized internationally as one of the finest venues of its type, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts stands as the only world-class performing arts center in the region and is an invaluable asset to the community. The Ordway offers everything from presentations and self-produced Broadway musicals and dramas, a World Dance and World Music series, to the Flint Hills International Children’s Festival. It provides a world-class home for The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, The Schubert Club, and The Minnesota Opera, hosts presentations by local performing arts organizations VocalEssence, Theatre Mu, and Theatre Latte Da, and provides support to the Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists.

“Our mission is to serve as a catalyst for the artistic vitality of our community by hosting, presenting, and creating performing arts and educational programs that engage artists and enrich diverse audiences. We’re all about entertaining and bringing joy to the community,” says Tyra Wahman, communications manager.

See Oprah Winfrey presents The Color Purple: The Musical about Love, a remarkable, stirring story of hope, faith, and self discovery, from March 17-29; Grey Gardens, bringing to life the alternately hilarious and heartbreaking story of Jackie O’s eccentric aunt and cousin from March 17-May 17; Broadway’s hilarious hit smash musical Legally Blonde from April 29-May 10; the celebrated movie musical Singin’ in the Rain from June 16-28; and the beautiful new version of an American classic, Flower Drum Song, from June 26-July 12.