The Twin Cities host an incredible assortment of performing groups and spaces alike. With more than 75 working theater companies, 20 dance companies, 2 professional orchestras, and more than 30 performing spaces, it is no wonder that more than two million visitors every year attend one of the Twin Cities' historic performing stages. Among some of the more popular stages are The Orpheum, The State Theatre, The Pantages Theatre, and the Guthrie Theatre--one of two stages in the metro area to win a Regional Tony Award.
Another Tony Award winning performance space, The Children's Theatre Company, specializes in plays based on classic children's literature and is revered for their outstanding performances.
The Ordway Theatre in St. Paul is home to several travelling Broadway shows and Tony Award winning performers. The Minnesota Opera and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra also utilize this space for their performances. The other orchestra in the Twin Cities, The Minnesota Orchestra, has been playing for over 100 years and has been considered "the greatest orchestra in the world" by New Yorker Magazine.
The region has also acquired a great reputation for its music, dance and comedy scenes. The Brave New Workshop, the oldest improvisational and sketch comedy theater in the nation, is well known for helping the careers of many great comedic talents. In the Workshop's 50 years, names such as Louie Anderson, Penn Jillette, Al Franken, Pat Proft and Peter Tolan have all once been theater members.
The music scene is vibrant and diverse. Street performers play around the city, while the legendary First Ave. club has been known to produce some of the most widely known and appreciated musical acts. Performers such as Prince and Bob Dylan got their start to in the cities, performing at many downtown venues or around the University of Minnesota campus.
The Twin Cities are also known as a great dance hub--ranked in the top 5 national dance centers. The Cowles Center for Dance and Performing Arts is home to 20 leading dance and performing arts groups. The Minneapolis-based James Sewell Ballet's own Sally Rousse was named as City Pages' 2009 "Artist of the Year", and the company is widely renowned for their wonderful productions and work within the city.