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‘Broadway Confidential’ talks keyed to upcoming Orpheum touring shows

If you are looking for a bit more context with your touring theatrical shows, you may want to check out the new “Broadway Confidential” series of talks hosted by the Hennepin Theatre Trust. Each program will include contributions from area experts who will explore the issues and context of the touring shows playing at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Minneapolis.

Each program will be hosted by different downtown restaurants and will be held the Monday before opening night from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The cost is $15, which includes the talk, appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages.

The series starts Oct. 18 at the Hard Rock Café for “Rock of Ages.” The program, hosted by Scott Nelson, a professor of entertainment business at the Institute of Production and Recording, will explore the “ ’80s Music Legacy.”

Other programs in the series include:

“A History of the UK Miners’ Strike and Gender Roles,” for “Billy Elliot,” Dec. 13.

“Animation Brought to Life” for “Shrek: The Musical,” Jan. 31.

“Post-War Cultural Revolution” for “Hair,” Feb. 28.

“Jersey Boys” discussion, April 18.

“’West Side Story’s’ Profound Influence on the History of Musical Theatre,” July 11.

For tickets and information, visit online.

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