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A Year With Frog and Toad

          Cookies, explosions, swimming, talking animals and snails with mail. A year with Frog and Toad is straight out of a children’s book. Literally! Based on the books by Arnold Lobel, A Year with Frog and Toad first debuted at Children’s Theater Company in Minneapolis in 2002. The original show went on to be on and off Broadway Eventually being nominated for three Tony’s. In 2007 there was an additional revival at Children’s Theater. Now, A Year with Frog and Toad has returned for the…

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Added by Avery Ronning on June 18, 2017 at 7:51pm — 1 Comment

You will find a place to call - Spotlight Student Showcase 2017

          All across the state, school theatre programs participate in the spotlight showcase. A collection of the best and most well done shows from high schools across the state. The casts gather in Minneapolis. These students prepare for weeks to perform at the state theatre for two nights. On June 12th, and 13th of 2017, all spotlight outstanding schools gathered for this show at the state theatre. Surrounded by family, friends, and supporters, these students perform medleys and excerpts…

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Added by Avery Ronning on June 16, 2017 at 12:31am — 1 Comment

MPR Workshop (5/9) Makeup

This past week in New York, I attended private workshops led by Broadway stage manager James Latus and Broadway actress Madeline Doherty. Notable production stage management credits of James Latus include Indecent (current), Jitney, and Hamilton. Notable Broadway credits of Madeline Doherty include Charlie & The Chocolate Factory (current), Sister Act, Gigi, Les Miserables, and the OBC of Producers. Both professionals were extremely insightful about living in the city and pursuing a…

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Added by Thomas Bertron on June 11, 2017 at 10:05pm — 1 Comment

No Day But Today- Go see Rent!

Twenty-one years ago, in 1964, Jonathan Larson changed the course of the Broadway musical with Rent, based off of Puccini’s La Bohème. The Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning rock musical/world-changer/masterpiece follows the life of seven artists struggling to maintain and balance their personal, artistic, and economic lives while they learn the importance of love and spontaneity. Set in the east village of New York during the AIDS epidemic and of the 1980’s, Rent showcases,…

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Added by Thomas Bertron on June 11, 2017 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

Go Out Tonight to see Rent

Walking into the Orpheum Theatre Tuesday night, the stage was a street in New York, with aspects of neighboring buildings on the sides of the stage. The grungy feel extended to the farthest seat, giving the audience the feeling of what an alleyway might look like in the Big Apple. Everything was so simple yet intricate, leaving the audience a feeling of anticipation. Rent, here in Minneapolis until June 11, satisfied that anticipation and provided a show that did not disappoint.

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Added by Hannah Paulsen on June 8, 2017 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

I Should Tell You: Rent is Really Good!

If you’re looking for a show that will get you rocking out in your seat, drying tears from your face, then rocking out again, Rent is the show for you! Based on the opera La Boheme, Rent takes place in the early 1990s and follows a group of actors who are trying to make ends meet. Including LGBTQ characters and the presence of HIV/AIDS in the community, there are many serious themes and represented; especially at the…

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Added by Calvin mattson on June 8, 2017 at 10:54pm — 1 Comment

Over The Moon About Rent

Rent is the story of a group of New York City artists fighting the effect AIDS has on their community and imperfectly loving one another. Actually, the plot is a lot more complicated than that and the opening numbers don't really establish the complicated histories of each character, so the production has conveniently provided a character relationships and description map on page 10 of the Playbill. 

The 20th anniversary production of Jonathon Larson's Rent is definitely…

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Added by Kate Lawless on June 8, 2017 at 8:29pm — 1 Comment

No Day But Today to see Rent

          On June 6th, 2017, one of the most iconic shows to ever hit Broadway, opened at the Orpheum theatre in Minneapolis. Staying for a 6 day run, the cast of Rent, breaks hearts and lifts spirits simultaneously. Take it or Leave it, Rent is no doubt one of the most memorable musicals.  

          Being the first time seeing the show, whether in a movie or onstage, i was expecting a good show that people liked. What…

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Added by Avery Ronning on June 8, 2017 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

Today 4 U: RENT

This year Jonathan Larson’s rock musical RENT hit it’s 20-year anniversary mark and is celebrating with a national tour. Set in the early 1990’s, RENT follows a diverse group of artists through their struggles to make ends meet. The show beautifully depicts real life problems with careers, love interests and the impending effects of AIDS on their community. RENT’s strong performers, beautiful…

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Added by Liv Krusinski on June 8, 2017 at 2:44pm — No Comments

Refugia Secures A Sense Of Belonging

Refugia Secures A Sense Of Belonging

Emma Meents



In life we are all looking for a sense of belonging, and a sense of place. The Moving Company’s new captivating play explores this reality of the human condition. Called Refugia, showing at the Guthrie from May 13th through June 11th, the epic work explores a whole cast of lives displaced, and in various stages of geographic transition. The stories are relayed over the course of three hours, through nine intertwining stories of… Continue

Added by Emma Meents on June 2, 2017 at 9:15pm — No Comments

A Night of Fulfilled Expectations

As advertised widely throughout the twin cities area this February, The King and I has come to town and it has lived up to its reputation. This highly acclaimed production about the dichotomy of the eastern world vs the eastern world, told through the story of an English nanny (Laura Michelle Kelly) and her experience with the royal family of Siam. Within the musical we see the king of Siam (Jose Llana) struggle to understand the way Western culture…

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Added by Talia Wendlandt on May 31, 2017 at 10:22am — No Comments

Imperfect Family Fun

Matilda has come to town, bringing family fun and lots of laughs! In this musical comedy and coming of age tale, we see a brilliant young Matilda (Jaime Maclean) forced to put up with a terrible set of parents (Matt Harrington and Darcy Stewart) and a monstrous principal (Dan Cameroy). Her only consolations are the books that she voraciously reads, and her teacher, Ms. Honey (Jennifer Bowles ), who is the only adult in her life that believes in her.…

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Added by Talia Wendlandt on May 31, 2017 at 10:19am — No Comments

An Expense Well Worth It

As advertised widely throughout the twin cities area this February, The King and I has come to town and it has lived up to its reputation. This highly acclaimed production about the dichotomy of the eastern world vs the eastern world, told through the story of an English nanny (Laura Michelle Kelly) and her experience with the royal family of Siam. Within the musical we see the king of Siam (Jose Llana) struggle to understand the way Western culture…

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Added by Talia Wendlandt on May 31, 2017 at 10:00am — No Comments

You''ll Be Changed For Good!

Have you ever wondered what happened before Dorthy arrived? Well, If you’ve seen Wicked, which recently closed after a five-week engagement at the Orpheum in Minneapolis, you’ll know that Glinda the Good and the Wicked Witch were once college roommates. As the show progresses, Glinda and Elphaba, the Wicked Witch, hit all of the major milestones and highs and lows of friendship, which makes the show relatable to almost everybody. Among the hundreds of Wicked veterans in the…

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Added by Thomas Bertron on May 21, 2017 at 8:46pm — No Comments

This Little Show... Was a Miracle!

Captivating story met with equally engaging choreography! The show Matilda is based on the immortal children’s book by Roald Dahl, where a child prodigy discovers her own telekinetic abilities as she navigates the horrors of her horrible school and neglectful parents. This production of Matilda, the show that has broken the record for most Olivier Awards won by a musical, had an eye-popping aesthetic that carried the audience back to the place where the original story was published: Great… Continue

Added by R. Grace Carey on April 25, 2017 at 5:47pm — No Comments

A Childlike Wonder in Matilda the Musical by Meghan Katers

      Matilda is one of the best musicals of all times, and this production was to exception. They may as well as called it "Matilda the magnificent". Showing it at the Orpheum theatre in Minnesota March 28th, it was the performance of a life time. That is not to say it was without flaw, but nothing every really is. This charming story of a bookworm little girl named Matilda overcoming adversity is both heartwarming and inspiring. This is a must see musical.…
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Added by Meghan Katers on April 24, 2017 at 1:57pm — No Comments

A sentimental show

Wicked, one of the most well known broadway musicals of all time. It’s storyline roots to The Wizard of Oz, and The Wiz. Music so beautiful that it leaves most of the audience in tears and with there mouths wide open. It will be touring at the Orpheum in Minneapolis for 5 weeks. Wicked has been performed over 5,462 times, and continues to thrive.

In the original broadway cast of Wicked,…

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Added by Ananda Cordova Stuart on April 18, 2017 at 8:40pm — 1 Comment

This Show Was Defying Gravity

Zoe Redfern-Hall

Wicked

Wicked has come back to the Twin Cities, and we want more. Wicked, a broadway hit most known for its smash hit “Defying Gravity” is back in the twin cities for its fifth time. Created in 2003, it was a hit from the moment it hit the stage. With lead singers Jessica Vosk and Ginna Claire Mason in this production by Universal Stage Productions and the Araca Group, I want to go back and watch it…

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Added by Zoe Redfern-Hall on April 17, 2017 at 10:34am — No Comments

Popular for sure

We’re off to see the Wizard, the Wonderful Wizard of Oz. There sits the emerald city infront of us, one of the settings for the long-loved family movie The Wizard of Oz. Its glittering and glimmering, enticing us for the show we came to see. Wicked, a musical set in the fantastical city of Oz tells us the previously untold story of not only the Wicked Witch of the West, but Glinda”(Ginna Claire Mason), the…

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Added by Phina Smith on April 16, 2017 at 9:35pm — 1 Comment

Well.. It's POPULAR Alright

Well..It’s Popular Alright

 

Paint the town in green! Everyone who has at least some idea of theater loves Wicked. And I sit here, feeling like a hipster, wanting not to like it because of its constant touring and overplayed songs, and yet still find myself on the edge of my seat covered in goosebumps during “Defying Gravity”. I sit and gawk as the flying monkeys tumble across the stage…

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Added by Madilyn Duffy on April 16, 2017 at 9:10pm — 1 Comment

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