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Don't Close the Door on Motown

Many anxious people meandered into the Orpheum theater in Minneapolis on Tuesday night awaiting the experience they wouldn’t soon forget. Opening night of Motown the Musical did not disappoint. Starting in the one and only “Motor City” of Detroit, Michigan, Motown begins with a lively overture from the orchestra followed by a high-energy medley of some of the classic music from the time period, instantly pulling the audience…

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Added by Laura Wyatt on December 17, 2014 at 7:38pm — No Comments

"Motown" Wows!

The outstanding musical…

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Added by Jane Pena on December 17, 2014 at 2:32pm — No Comments

White Christmas

Karina Strom

White Christmas

Letting Yourself Go…Into the Christmas Spirit

The classic holiday movie "White Christmas" comes to the stage at last at the Orpheum Theatre this month! Having left the Army following W.W.II, Bob Wallace and Phil Davis team up to become a top song-and-dance act. Davis plays matchmaker and introduces Wallace to a pair of beautiful sisters (Betty and Judy) who also have a song-and-dance act. When Betty and Judy travel to a Vermont lodge to perform a…

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Added by Karina Strom on December 3, 2014 at 4:17pm — 1 Comment

White Christmas

With the holiday season just around the corner I was excited to see the touring production of Irving Berlin's White Christmas, based on the movie, at the Orpheum Theatre. At the end of the day, however, an outdated show turned my curiosity to boredom. The story highlights the adventures of former army men Bob Wallace, played by James Clow, and Phil Davis, played by Jeremy Benton who use their musical talent to help their former commanding officer revitalize his Vermont inn. There is also some… Continue

Added by Julian Spencer on November 30, 2014 at 10:30pm — 3 Comments

White Christmas

White Chritmas, playing at the Orpheum theatre, tells the story of two WWII veterans as one tricks the other into going to an inn in Vermont to spend Christmas. The failing inn is owned by their old general, General Henry Waverly, and they spend the length of the show trying to save it from financial ruin when no one comes to the inn for Christmas due to a lack of snow. The show had its high points, but was overall rather tedious to watch. Apart from the stunning large scale tap numbers,…

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Added by Matthew Maxam on November 30, 2014 at 10:30pm — 2 Comments

An Older Generation's White Christmas

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, a show rich with nostalgia of the 1950's, belongs to the people who grew up in that era. White Christmas is a show that makes it difficult for a younger generation to follow especially since it tends to be slow moving with minimal plot. On opening night of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, the show follows two war veterans, Bob Wallace, played by James Clow, and Phil Davis, played by Jeremy Benton, as they follow two women,… Continue

Added by Martha Broadnax on November 30, 2014 at 10:26pm — 2 Comments

I'm Dreaming of a Nice Christmas

Work Light Productions' staging of Irving Berlin's White Christmas made its appearance at the Orpheum Theatre from November 25th through November 30th. It was a pleasantly executed production which revolved around two friends, Bob and Phil (played by James Clow and Jeremy Benton), who after serving time in the military spend their days in show business. They happen upon two…

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Added by Fiona Hannan on November 30, 2014 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

White Christmas- The Show Lasted as Long as Our Winters.

          With the holidays now in full swing it only seemed fitting to see White Christmas. Unfortunately the holiday theme is lost in the dance numbers. Irving Berlin's White Christmas, based on the film we know and love, follows two young World War II veterans that follow two girls to not-so-snowy Vermont Inn for Christmas. Without snow, the Inn is empty and in deep debt. The two veterans eventually put on a show to save the Inn and fall in love in the process. The jokes were terrible-…

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Added by Oriana Freeman on November 30, 2014 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas: Fun for the Family, Outdated for Those Unfamiliar

          Just in time for Thanksgiving, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas comes to Minneapolis’ Orpheum Theatre November 25th-30th. Based on the 1954 movie musical starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye, White Christmas is the story of two World War II veterans turned Broadway performers who put on a show in a struggling Vermont inn and find…

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Added by Grace Peterson on November 30, 2014 at 6:36pm — 2 Comments

WHITE CHRISTMAS: IT'S FOR THE SENTIMENTALISTS

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas is an iconic Christmas show that was written in 1954. It follows two WWll friends (Bob and Phil) who have entered show business, and embark on a journey to help their former General pay his bills with the help of a sister act (Betty and Judy) who become their love interests. I would have preferred something different then this classic musical for a holiday show. But none the less, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at the Orpheum was fun to see,…

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Added by Ruby Regan on November 30, 2014 at 6:25pm — 3 Comments

The Best Things Happen While You're Watching

The Best Things Happen While You’re Watching

White Christmas, an Irving Berlin show filled with clean choreography, a solid script, and a simple story that’s perfect for the mind of the busy shopper. This holiday tale was shown at the Orpheum this past week to all of the theatergoers in the mood for a well known holiday story. This post World War II show takes place in 1954 where two men Bob Wallace and Phil Davis who both perform on the Ed Sullivan Show go on…

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Added by Jack Bonko on November 30, 2014 at 6:21pm — 2 Comments

A Meh Christmas

          Irving Berlin’s White Christmas was simply a cute show. It wasn’t fantastic or amazing, it was cute.

 

          The dancing was simply amazing. The choreography was so well put together and overall fantastic. I wish I could say the same about the rest of the show. Some scenes or numbers could surely be sacrificed. The song about snow was endless. Just about all of the numbers…

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Added by Lexi Torrez on November 30, 2014 at 6:06pm — 3 Comments

Checking Cheer of Your List

White Christmas. The seemingly redundant title that promises simplicity and holiday cheer. The average American is all too familiar with the 1954 movie musical classic, starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye. This is a show that is best enjoyed with family and while sipping hot cocoa. The production at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, follows Bob Wallace and Phil Davis, veterans of the Second World War turned powerhouse performing duo (played by James Clow and Jeremy Benton). The story…

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Added by Mary Katherine Fiala on November 30, 2014 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

WHITE CHRISTMAS: TOO MUCH TAP!

With Christmas being my personal favorite time of the year, I looked…

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Added by Camryn Schake on November 30, 2014 at 6:00pm — 8 Comments

Minnesota's Worst Blizzard Could Not Bury Irving Berlin's White Christmas's Mediocrity

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas is full of charming 50s style musical numbers, but overall leaves something to be desired. This show will pull you in with its full dace numbers, which have a special touch making them stand out from traditional Broadway. That being said, the plot had an uneven pace and was generally tiring. As with any big time show, White Christmas is ornately costumed, but this show needed more help than just good costumes could…

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Added by Claire Mathews-Lingen on November 30, 2014 at 4:49pm — 4 Comments

A Cheesy, Yet Timeless Classic

White Christmas is a timeless classic in the Cartwright household’s DVD collection. You can never go wrong with a little Bing Crosby and Vera-Ellen! It’s one of those feel-good movies that you just can’t help but smile while watching. Though it may seem a little too early to get into the Christmas spirit, and we may not be emotionally prepared to see snow for a while, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas was successful in getting me ready…

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Added by Christopher Cartwright on November 30, 2014 at 2:48pm — 2 Comments

White Christmas: Fun for the Unassuming

With its glitzy red costumes and an abundance of tinsel and Christmas trees, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at the Orpheum could seem like any other holiday show--and to a certain extent it is. But underneath it all, White Christmas is energetic and fun, filled with great performances, despite being cliched and corny.

After WWII, ex-soldier friends Bob Wallace (James Clow) and Phil Davis (Jeremy Benton) start a popular Broadway duo that travels the US. The two see a…

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Added by Delia Grimes on November 30, 2014 at 2:17pm — 3 Comments

AT THE ORPHEUM, CHRISTMAS CAME TOO EARLY IN FAVOR OF TOO FEW

In a state where snow began it’s residency in early November, long before officially being winter, it seems as though many Minnesotans aren’t dreaming of a white Christmas just yet. As Irving Berlin’s White Christmas: The Musical takes the stage at the Orpheum, with opening night prior to Thanksgiving and closing night sooner than the month of December, it has it’s work cut out to spread holiday…

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Added by Sydney Larson on November 30, 2014 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

White Christmas

The movie White Christmas has been one of my favorite Christmas movies for as long as I can remember. Although I expected the play to be different from the movie, the play was still very disappointing. The plot was changed to an even more nonsensical story. Fans of the movie will be unhappy with the changes made, and people who aren't familiar with the movie will not see any worth in the show.

The show has a few strong points, one of which is the dancing. The chorus dancers…

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Added by Karen Kenison on November 30, 2014 at 2:04am — 2 Comments

I'm Dreaming of a Better Script

On the night of November 25th, 2014, I attended a showing of “White Christmas” at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis.  It was well before Christmas, and the city was already coated in white.

White Christmas, the stage adaptation of Irving Berlin’s movie musical, is “about two army-turned-showbiz buddies who put on a…

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Added by Kathleen T. WIllard on November 30, 2014 at 1:00am — 3 Comments

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