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Trying to Find the Appeal of Finding Neverland

Posted by Jane Pena on May 19, 2015 at 11:01pm 0 Comments

Boring, unimaginative, anticlimactic. These are words that could be used to describe Finding Neverland the Musical, which opened on Broadway in April. It’s no surprise that the show wasn’t nominated for a single Tony Award, not even for an acting performance. For a show that’s all about having fun and being silly, Finding Neverland was remarkably tedious.  




Small Talk Jersey

Posted by Maxwell Singer on May 13, 2015 at 9:09pm 0 Comments

The Music of the Four Seasons is not that interesting. Sure, it’s catchy, and enough to charm you if you hear a single, but after sitting through Jersey Boys, I can really promise you that the music and ideas of Jersey Boys are not all that dynamic. Despite that (or perhaps because of that), Jersey Boys can weasel it’s way into your head and the dour, review-writing fingers of this critic. Jersey Boys is playing at the Orpheum through May…


Pretty Happy Show

Posted by Naveh Shavit-Lonstein on May 11, 2015 at 10:16pm 0 Comments

Naveh Shavit-Lonstein

Happy Days the Musical 

Pretty Happy Show

Soundtracks can be completely deceiving. Not knowing much about the show, I decided to listen to the original cast soundtrack to Happy Days the Musical. The unfortunate part about doing this is that for most of the time, it would be better…


Pantages Tour

Posted by Emma Dalen on May 10, 2015 at 10:24pm 0 Comments

I arrived in the lobby of the State Theater in Minneapolis Minnesota a few minutes after the tour started, but I hadn’t missed much. The tour guide had just started talking about all of the different things that the Hennepin Theatre Trust does around the city. There weren’t that many people in the tour group, thirteen at most. Three of them were tourists from the east coast.


Our tour guide finished talking about…



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Dirty Dancing

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Do you think Dirty Dancing the stage play would work as a stand alone? I'm curious if you think it's strong enough and has enough of a plot by itself to carry people through without having seen the…Continue

Are Critics Too Snobby?

Started by Dudley Voigt in Uncategorized May 17, 2012. 0 Replies

TC Daily Planet 5/16Jay Gabler, Front Row Seat,When a movie critic says something my dad doesn't agree with, Dad will grunt. "Those critics see too many movies! They have no idea what the average…Continue


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    What is SpotLight's Critical Reviewer Program?

    SpotLight's Critical Review Program gives high school students the opportunity to attend and review touring Broadway productions and SpotLight school productions. Critical Review is part of a larger curriculum that teaches communication skills, and enhances critical thinking and creative response. As part of this program, students receive study guides and press kits before the show, learn from experts including local theatre critics, playwrights and actors who discuss topics from lighting design to choreography, and in some cases, have expanded access to the Broadway touring cast and crew. 

    This program is funded through the generous support of Fred and Ann Moore.



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