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February 2016 Blog Posts (35)

This One Should Be a Star!

            By pulling talent, and talent they pulled, from the surrounding community of Minneapolis, Theater Latte Da and Hennepin Theatre Trust present Gypsy. Currently showing until March 13 at the Pantages Theatre, Gypsy takes place throughout the years 1920-1930 and tells the story of Mama Rose (Michelle Barber) who obsessively pushes her daughter June (Shinah Brashears) to succeed on Broadway by way of vaudeville. When June gets married and leaves, Mama Rose turns her focus and…


Added by Ryan Lenard on February 29, 2016 at 11:17pm — 1 Comment

Let Gypsy Entertain You

Devyn Terry


Gypsy, a show about vaudeville, is currently at the Pantages theatre in Minneapolis, playing through March 13th. Pantages was originally built as a vaudeville theatre in 1918, but was renovated and reopened in 2002. The story of Gypsy begins with Momma Rose assembling a show that was representative of pre-Great Depression era entertainment: “Baby June and Her Newsboys”. Momma Rose…


Added by Devyn Terry on February 28, 2016 at 3:22pm — 1 Comment

The spirit of vaudeville, re imagined.

Emma Meents

The Spirit of Vaudeville, Reimagined

Gypsy is frequently cited as one of the great American musicals of all time. The newest incarnation of the hit Broadway show "reimagined" by the ambitious, creative minds at theater Latte Da, in collaboration with Hennepin Theater Trust, helps us understand why. The audience is transported into the life of a vaudeville family of the 20's and 30's and it's as if the the spirit of those performers fill the production and the… Continue

Added by Emma Meents on February 28, 2016 at 12:34pm — 3 Comments

Stage Moms and Strippers

George Mulder


Stage Moms and Strippers

Gypsy Rose Lee was the classic American rebel. Gypsy is a show based off of the true story of Rose, June, and Louise Hovick. Mama Rose decides she is going to make her daughter, June, a star. When that backfires, she decides to work harder on Louise. Ending up in a burlesque house, it all takes a turn. Produced by Theatre Latté Da, it runs in the Pantages Theatre in Minneapolis until March 15. Its plot is…


Added by George Mulder on February 28, 2016 at 12:51am — 2 Comments

Momma Knows Best

Gypsy, the 1959 Stephen Sondheim musical based on the real life story of Gypsy Rose Lee, has often been hailed one of the greatest American musicals. The show follows Mamma Rose (Michelle Barber) and her two daughters, June (Victoria Wyffels/Shinah Brashears) and Louise (Carley Clover/Cat Brindisi), the latter of whom eventually becomes famed burlesque performer Gypsy Rose Lee. While watching this show, I quickly realized it was not a story that would…


Added by Larissa Milles on February 27, 2016 at 11:54pm — 2 Comments

Let Me (sort of) Entertain You

Leo Driessen



Let Me (sort of) Entertain You


            Theater Latté Da’s reimagined production of “Gypsy,” visually engaged the audience and featured the best local talent Minneapolis had to offer. “Gypsy” is the story of Rose (Michelle Barber), and her daughters Louise (Cat Brindisi) and June (Shinah Brashears) as they travel the country like gypsies performing their vaudeville act. Rose was the original stage mom, and she lives…


Added by Leo Driessen on February 27, 2016 at 10:50pm — 2 Comments

Rothstein Does It Again!

One thing’s for sure: Theater Latté Da knows how to create magic,  and Gypsy…


Added by Delia Grimes on February 27, 2016 at 9:32pm — 2 Comments


This year, the Hennepin Theatre Trust and Theater Latte Da’s Broadway Re-Imagined collaboration piece is Sondheim’s Gypsy. This show, which is considered one of the works that transitioned the world of theater from the traditional Golden Age musicals to today’s contemporary shows, tells the story of Mama Rose, the classic stage mother, and her two daughters. Rose lives vicariously through June and Louise, determined to make…


Added by Heidi Wiese on February 27, 2016 at 9:13pm — 2 Comments

Gypsy- Quite Literally Dazzling

Let me me entertain you with all the ways Gypsy has been made a fresh and entertaining affair at the Pantages theater- in terms of technicality. First produced in 1959, Gypsy remains a popular musical today. The story follows a mother, Rose, who is trying to make one of her daughters, June, a Vaudeville star. The reality of the Great Depression and the evolution of artistic tastes halts the dream. While she struggles to bring success for her talented…


Added by Nina Afremov on February 27, 2016 at 8:18pm — 2 Comments

Gypsy might entertain you

Gypsy review

Clare Judge


Gypsy opened on February 13 at the Pantages Theatre in Minneapolis. Gypsy is about a mother and her two daughters who dream of being on Broadway and want to tour the country with their act. The mother, Rose plays clear favorites when it comes to her children and that comes back to hurt her later in the story. If you enjoy confusing plot lines and slightly provocative actions on stage then Gypsy would be a great show for you. I however, don’t…


Added by Clare Judge on February 27, 2016 at 6:11pm — 2 Comments

Gypsy Will Entertain You

The 1920’s and 30’s are known for many things, the main one being the great depression, however a well-known, but not commonly talked about activity that took place during the 20’s and 30’s was vaudeville. Now the story of Gypsy follows two young girls, June and Louise, and their mother, Rose who lives her life vicariously through her two children pushing them to be vaudeville stars. Mama Rose is a classic stage mom, the mother who pushes her kids to the extreme and will give anything for…


Added by Aubrey Salita on February 27, 2016 at 4:54pm — 2 Comments

Let Gypsy Entertain You

Do you think your mom pushes you to be the best you can be? Do you feel like she completely controls your life? Wait until you see Gypsy from Theater Latté Da and Hennepin Theatre Trust. This show revolves around Mamma Rose (played by Michelle Barber) --the biggest theater mom you could imagine and how she wants her two daughters June (baby June is played by Victoria Wyffels, adult June is played by Shinah Brashears) and Louise ( baby Louise is…


Added by Ananda Cordova Stuart on February 27, 2016 at 4:06pm — 2 Comments

Gypsy has Been Noticed

              With a cast of local actors, Theater Latté Da and Hennepin Theatre Trust’s Gypsy has been inspiring audiences with a week of preview shows starting February 13th and opening night on February 20th at Pantages Theatre in Minneapolis. Based on true events, Gypsy is widely considered one of the best American musicals. Gypsy is the story of famed burlesque performer Gypsy Rose Lee, her sister June and the relationship they had with their…


Added by Anika Besst on February 27, 2016 at 1:24pm — 3 Comments

This Show Entertains You!

Kate Lawless

Gypsy Review

Gypsy, based on the 1957 memoir, is the story of a domineering stage mother, Rose (Michelle Barber) and her two daughters as they travel the country, trying to make it big in the glimmering, gritty world of 1920’s-30’s vaudeville. Mama Rose is a poor woman with big dreams of being a star- I mean, of her children being stars- that aren’t necessarily shared by her young girls, the bubbly Baby June…


Added by Kate Lawless on February 25, 2016 at 6:40pm — 2 Comments


Madilyn Duffy



Gypsy: Broadway Reimagined


The beauty of the theater district in downtown Minneapolis is in its rich history. The Orpheum, the State, but especially the Pantages Theater. Originally part of the Pantages vaudeville circuit, this theater has been through glamour and destruction. This rich…


Added by Madilyn Duffy on February 21, 2016 at 9:30pm — No Comments

A Letter From the Critic

Dear Newsies,

              I was amazed by your set, choreography and lighting elements, but strongly disappointed in your volume and dramatic attempts.

                                                                                                                  Best Regards,


            Currently showing now through February…


Added by Ryan Lenard on February 15, 2016 at 2:20pm — 2 Comments

Newsies Review

George Mulder


Extra, Extra Outstanding

I always thought some people were crazy for being so obsessed with Newsies. Now I understand. Newsies is a Tony Award-winning musical based off of the 1992 Disney film of the same name. Based on a true story, it gives a glimpse into the story of the hundreds of orphan children who sold newspapers during the turn of the last century. The newsboys or “newsies” go on strike because the publishers…


Added by George Mulder on February 13, 2016 at 12:32pm — 1 Comment


Devyn Terry

Disney's Newsies

Winner of the Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for its musical score and choreography, Disney’s Newsies has obviously danced its way into its fans’ hearts. In some ways, Newsies is like Annie, but with boys. They both are about oppressed…


Added by Devyn Terry on February 12, 2016 at 8:47pm — 2 Comments

Now Is The Time To Seize Your Ticket

“Newsies Stop The World!” The renowned musical, Newsies, has been long-awaited by fans across the globe and meets every expectation for success. Set in turn-of-the-century New York City, this tale of rebellion and woe tells the story of Jack Kelly, a Robin Hood with dreams of leaving the injustices of the city for a simpler life in the mountains. However, when Jack discovers the price for newspapers for his fellow newsies (who are often young, devastatingly poor orphans) has been raised… Continue

Added by R. Grace Carey on February 12, 2016 at 7:56am — 2 Comments


Take an incredibly talented cast, strikingly beautiful music, and a set that leaves you gaping and you have only half the wonder of Disney's “Newsies”. Set in Lower Manhattan in the summer of 1899, the show takes you through the struggles of dreamer Jack Kelly (Joey Barreiro) and his fellow paper-sellers as they take a stand against the owner of the New York papers, Joseph Pulitzer (Steve Blanchard), in defense of their rights as workers. The excitement in the Orpheum was deserved: seeing… Continue

Added by Catherine Lily Wojda on February 12, 2016 at 7:38am — 1 Comment

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