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Coming Full Circle [of Life] in Minneapolis

Posted by George Mulder on July 10, 2016 at 8:58pm 0 Comments

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The Lion King

Coming Full Circle [of Life] in Minneapolis

Disney’s The Lion King possesses a phenomenal trait about musical theatre that is often ignored or forgotten about: costumes. Each and every costume of this show is well thought out. The story comes from the classic Disney tale about a young, royal lion who “Just Can’t Wait to Be King.” Luckily, it plays at the Orpheum Theatre in the theatre-enriched city of…


Can You Feel the Love?

Posted by Anne Boatman on July 9, 2016 at 11:49pm 1 Comment

The Lion King makes a triumphant return to the Orpheum Theater where it first debuted in July of 1997. Adapted from classic childhood animated movie of the same name, the Lion King draws an audience of all ages. Director Julie Taymor brought innovative costuming together with music by Elton John to create a timeless show that inspires audiences as much today as it did almost ten years ago.


The 1998 Tony Award winner for Best…


Can You Feel the Talent Tonight?

Posted by Anika Besst on July 9, 2016 at 9:57pm 0 Comments

           My breath was taken away as I became immersed in the African safari unfolding before my eyes. Life-sized elephants lumbered past my seat and towering giraffes glided and crossed paths with graceful galloping gazelles. All coexisting in perfect harmony, as well as singing in perfect harmony. This transforming experience, The Lion King, is at the Orpheum July 5 through August 7. Based on Disney’s 1994 animated movie of the same name this energized performance follows Simba, a…


The Lion King has run its "Circle of Life"

Posted by Maddie Turk on July 9, 2016 at 7:48pm 0 Comments

The Lion King is a spectacle worth seeing—once. The costumes are so technically and visually creative that the seemingly impossible task of creating a savannah onstage is flawlessly executed. This musical is historic and a must see for people of all ages.

Adapted from the Disney film, this musical follows the life story of the lion Simba, as he seeks understanding of who he is and what his life is meant to hold. Featuring songs such as “Hakuna Matata”, “Circle of Life”,…



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Newsies' "Extra! Extra!" Energy and inspiration

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Emma MeentsNewsies' "Extra! Extra!" Energy and InspirationSimple stories about the "little guy" can be so much bigger than what lies beneath the surface. This is what one is left with as the stage…Continue

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?

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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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