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10 Steps to Rocky Horror

It tends to be difficult to review your own production. I found this out through The Rocky Horror Show. After two weeks of shows, the production ended. Or, at least it did for the Minneapolis School Summer Theatre. However, the show lives on, as many productions are occurring across the country, not including the midnight movie cult classic, The Rocky Horror Picture Show. It's an experience, to be sure. But I, personally, feel that putting the show on is even more fun than…


Added by Alison Grausam on July 15, 2014 at 12:05pm — No Comments

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

Grace Peterson

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

     Due to surrounding controversy, the performance of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson at the New Century Theater in…


Added by Grace Peterson on June 30, 2014 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Rocking Out To American History

Karina Strom

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson


Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson Review


            The cast of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson rocked audiences in this rock musical at the New Century Theater this month. This show told the story of the life of America’s seventh president, Andrew Jackson, in form of a funny, satirical rock musical portraying Jackson as an emo-rocker. Some people think of Jackson being the best…


Added by Karina Strom on June 29, 2014 at 1:14pm — No Comments

A Historical Rock Musical? Yea, Yea!

It was with no small amount of nerves that I took my seat in the New Century Theatre on Sunday evening to see Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. I’d heard many criticisms of the show, saying it was horribly offensive to Native American history, and I wasn’t sure how I’d be able to juggle that and my love of rock musicals.


The show definitely entered some rocky territory in its portrayal of Native Americans, but it was made very clear that they were making fun of the white…


Added by Jane Pena on June 25, 2014 at 11:25pm — No Comments


Ghost is the story of a young couple whose lives are changed forever when an unexpected tragedy strikes. The Young man, Sam, is brought back as a ghost and with the assistance of a psychic, Oda Mae, tries to help keep his girlfriend, Molly safe from his former best friend. The plot is definitely nothing special, however being adapted from a movie this aren’t exactly the plays fault. Unfortunately the show isn’t able to make the somewhat weak storyline much more…


Added by Karen Kenison on June 24, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments


Olivia Skjervold





            “Ghost” is a fully entertaining dazzling display of lights, sights, sounds and special effects based off the popular movie with the same title. The story follows the ghost of a murdered man as tries to protect his girlfriend from danger from beyond the grave (playing at the Orpheum Theater June 18-23). Though the story’s translation to a musical is mediocre at best, the real appeal of the show is the stunning…


Added by Olivia Skjervold on June 24, 2014 at 4:19am — 1 Comment

Good Old Fashioned History in TIght Jeans

Olivia Skjervold

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson


Popular culture has already made Abraham Lincoln a vampire hunter, but what about Andrew Jackson as a rock star? Well, Minneapolis Musical Theater has arrived to explore that very idea with the production of “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” which is rocking out on the New Century Theatre until June 29. The show takes a satirical look at our seventh president,…


Added by Olivia Skjervold on June 24, 2014 at 3:52am — 1 Comment

In Defense of BBAJ

I saw Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson at the New Century Theatre (playing through June 29th), well aware of the controversy surrounding the show. Because I have had a defense-of-sorts for Jackson running through my mind from the very moment I stepped out of the theatre, I feel it only appropriate to throw in my two cents.

This is a defense of Jackson as performed in Minneapolis in 2014. I'm not about to give first-hand opinions about New York in 2009, or any…


Added by Alison Grausam on June 23, 2014 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

Five Things You Didn't Know About Ghost

1. The film was nominated for five Academy Awards, and the stars won many more including a Golden Globe and an Oscar.
2. It was the highest grossing film of 1990.
3. The musical premiered in 2011.
4. The pottery wheel scene has been recreated in many popular shows such as Saturday Night Live, Family Guy, and Glee.
5. The illusions were created by famous stage illusionist Paul Kieve, who did work on Matilda, Pippin, and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Added by Anna Wheeler on June 22, 2014 at 12:07pm — 1 Comment

A Brief History of Ghost: the Musical

The movie Ghost opened in theatres on July 13, 1990 starring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Tony Goldwyn, and Whoopi Goldberg, with an original screenplay by Bruce Joel Rubin, and directed by Jerry Zucker. The movie, an outstanding commercial success with a $22 million budget grossed $505,702,588 in box office sales, making it the highest grossing film of 1990, and the 91st highest grossing film of all time. The film was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best…


Added by Matthew Maxam on June 21, 2014 at 7:12pm — 1 Comment

Bloody bloody Andrew Jackson

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson is a very unique play. This production is a good version of the play, however the text itself has some problems. The musical is based loosely on the rise of our seventh president Andrew Jackson. The play takes a large chunk of history and condenses it into a 90 minute rock musical. The result is a very strange, often funny, sometimes inappropriate and occasionally offensive musical. The show has lots of great moments, but sometimes the strange mix of elements…


Added by Karen Kenison on June 21, 2014 at 2:12am — 1 Comment

"Life SUCKS!" but BBAJ Will Not Disappoint

The moment I’ve been waiting for my entire life. To see my second favorite musical, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, performed right before my very own eyes. I entered the theatre ready to rock, and I left the theatre wanting more. Minneapolis Musical Theatre’s production exceeded my expectations, even with having listened to the Broadway version for several years.



Added by Christopher Cartwright on June 20, 2014 at 12:00am — No Comments

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

   Minnesota Musical Theatre's production of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson was very good. The musical is not. I really liked what MMT did with their choreography, lights and costumes, and the cast was really phenomenal. My issue lies with the script and book. I understand that the musical is a satire, to be taken lightly and as an equal-opportunity offender, but I really didn't like it. Overall I'd give it a two out of five.

  I have no problem with offensive musicals (Avenue Q and…


Added by Piper Shatz-Akin on June 19, 2014 at 5:58pm — 1 Comment

Ghost is Hauntingly Awesome

     Wow. Like seriously wow. Ghost (June 18-23 at the Orpheum) blew me away with its illusions, choreography, and execution of technical endeavors, so that's what I'm going to talk about. To be honest, this play would have been just as, if not more entertaining to watch without sound. It was beautifully designed and performed and I seriously can't get over how cool the set was.

     Before I explode in technical observations, I will touch on the plot and actors. Based on the hit…


Added by Piper Shatz-Akin on June 19, 2014 at 5:03pm — 2 Comments

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

    When I told my dad the plot of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, he said, “And is that a musical?”

    “Yes,” I said, “it’s a rock musical.”

    My dad laughed and said, “That was a joke.”

    That was kind of how I was feeling about the show before I went and saw it as well. I was fortunate enough to get to see the first ten minutes or so of Bloody Bloody in the rehearsal stage, so I had a bit of an idea what I was getting, but I wasn’t sure how a show about a U.S. president…


Added by Allie Brown on June 16, 2014 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Sister Act

When I went to see Sister Act, I hadn’t seen the movie. All I knew was that it was about singing nuns. I had no idea if it would be any good, but I was excited to find out. In the end, I left the theatre pretty happy with what I had seen.

I thought that the singing was absolutely fantastic. I had two favorite actors. The first was Ta’rea Campbell who played Deloris. She was funny and she had a great singing voice. But my ultimate favorite was Ashley Montz who played Sister Mary Robert.…


Added by Allie Brown on June 16, 2014 at 4:14pm — No Comments

Spotlight Showcase Workshop

As a member of Southwest High School’s Thoroughly Modern Millie cast, I was given the opportunity to participate in the 2014 Spotlight Showcase at the Orpheum Theatre. We had three rehearsals, two at school and one at the Orpheum, to prepare a two minute medley. While this was an amazing experience through an extraordinary program, I was a little bit disappointed at the lack of participation from my school. A majority of the cast did not participate. However, performing on the…


Added by Emma Price on June 14, 2014 at 6:15pm — 1 Comment

Spotlight Student Showcase 2014

The Monday night Spotlight showcase featured performances from twelve different High schools from Minnesota. In addition to the twelve schools some select groups of students performed a number of additional songs. The Spotlight showcase is split into two nights, and just one night is jam packed with performances.

The performances ranged widely in content from shows I knew almost nothing about such as The Drowsy Chaperone to well-known classics like Fiddler on the Roof…


Added by Karen Kenison on June 14, 2014 at 2:05am — 1 Comment

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

The only thing Minneapolis Musical Theatre’s (MMT) production of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, a rock-musical, did indisputably well was the lighting. Old chandeliers and strings of lights cover the ceiling, all able to light in separate groups and utilized in the show, not to mention the superb rock concert lighting.

The show centers around the life of the United State’s seventh president--You guessed it, Andrew Jackson! This show stirs up a very important social question…


Added by Emma M-L on June 14, 2014 at 1:41am — 1 Comment

Spotlight Showcase 2014

The Spotlight Musical Theatre Program honors and supports high school musical theater students and programs from across the state of Minnesota. This year was the ninth anniversary of the Spotlight Showcase, and the program has grown to include 67 Minnesota high schools.

From Pippin to Evita and Copacabana to Aida, every single performance at the Spotlight Showcase was simply amazing. There was no one school that stood out as being better than the rest, but…


Added by Emma Price on June 10, 2014 at 2:10pm — No Comments




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