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February 2017 Blog Posts (47)

Life-Sized Dialogue With the Moon Review (Mamma Mia Makeup)

On February 2-4, Labrador, a new theater group comprised of young artists from the Twin Cities and dedicated to creating new and interesting work, performed their original show A Life-Sized Dialogue with the Moon at the Southern Theater. The show was essentially a show within a show as two best friends, JoJo (Talia Wendlandt) and Charlie (Andrea Omernik), watched the “film” Charlie made for JoJo. The “film” was about two parents, Dark Matter (Dom) and Visible Light (Val) and…


Added by Heidi Wiese on February 28, 2017 at 10:08am — No Comments


The new musical The Bodyguard which opened its tour at the Orpheum Theater failed miserably to impress me. Having never seen the film, I was able to see the show for what it really was: a jukebox musical based on a movie with a mediocre plot line and cheap excuses for horror elements. When the show began with a literal “bang” and a strong opening number, I had high hopes for the rest of the show. However, as the show went on, it was inconsistent in its ability to keep my interest. The…


Added by Heidi Wiese on February 28, 2017 at 9:54am — No Comments

Something For Everyone: Mamma Mia!

Upon entering the Orpheum on Tuesday, the stage was already set in a maritime fashion. As the soon-to-be audience entered, they were free to look out on a stage lit with beige and aqua. This being a clear yet abstract representation of the Greek beaches that make up the setting of Mamma Mia!, the iconic musical each patron was about to experience. Mamma Mia is a story revolving around Sophie Sheridan’s (Lizzie Markson)…


Added by Talia Wendlandt on February 27, 2017 at 1:37pm — No Comments

The Body Guard The Musical

   This movie made musical The Body Guard was showing at the Orpheum from January from the 10th to the 15th, and it was quite endearing and enjoyable to watch. The romance between Rachel Marron (Deborah Cox) and her body guard Frank Farmer (Judson Mills) is heartwarming, though it is not without suspense. The whole time the danger of her stalker looms in the background of their fairy tale (Jorge Paniagua). It was not without flaws, but it was entertaining. The musical abilities in this show…


Added by Meghan Katers on February 22, 2017 at 8:24pm — No Comments

Take a chance on this musical


Mama Mia is a classic to go see in theatre, and always leaves the crowds satisfied. On February 7th at the Orpheum theatre this rendition was no exception, that is why I always urge to take a chance on this musical. One of the classics, this musical brings a lifelong tale of romance with a twist. Sophie’s wedding is coming up, and  her mother is driving herself crazy with preparation, but little does she know her sanity will really be put to…


Added by Meghan Katers on February 22, 2017 at 8:20pm — No Comments

The Dances were Incredible, but the Show was too Choppy

The Orpheum Theatre has brought a production called Shen Yun to its stage. Shen Yun is a performance that was created to celebrate the rich 5,000 years of Chinese history. It incorporates classical Chinese dance, traditional Chinese vocal technique, and a unique, live orchestra together bring pieces that are centered around Chinese culture and history. It is amazing that this organization exists at all. Artists from around the world gathered to create Shen Yun in…


Added by Noah Coon on February 18, 2017 at 10:32pm — No Comments

Honey, Honey, Mamma Mia was Amazing!

People crowded that theatre, switching spots to find the best seat in the house and now I understand why. I had seen the movie and heard great things about the show, but I was not prepared for the amazing performance I saw. The famous production of Mamma Mia was a hilarious, heart warming musical with, of course, great ABBA music. The story of Mamma Mia is not new to me and I had high expectations going in to the show, and it lived up to them.

Although Betsy Padamonsky, who played Donna… Continue

Added by Olivia Haan on February 17, 2017 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Production I Enjoy)

As a disclaimer, I want to make sure it is abundantly clear that I am biased against this production of Mamma Mia! When I saw the 2014 National Broadway Tour of this show, I was instantly captivated by the tales of love and nostalgia set on the small Greek island of Kalokairi, and it was the musical that made me fall in love with musicals. So, this production had to meet high expectations. Although the farewell tour of Mamma Mia! featuring the songs of ABBA was not awful to watch, but it was… Continue

Added by R. Grace Carey on February 17, 2017 at 5:30am — No Comments


Disney's recent broadway success Newsies has begun its encore tour debut on the silver screen in cinemas around the United States. Audiences loved it on broadway, and their love for the show is reflected in the sold out signs in movie theater box offices around the U.S.

Based off of the 1899 newsboy strike, a band of ragtag orphan newspaper boys go on strike when the Joseph Pulitzer of the New York World raises the price of papers. Jeremy Jordan's Jack Kelly leads the newsies to fight for… Continue

Added by Elsa Lundin on February 15, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Not Shocked, but Satisfied

Hamilton is a musical that tells the life story of our nation's first secretary of treasury, Alexander Hamilton. One might expect to hear a booming symphony or operatic songs of love and hope, but Hamilton tells its historic tale through an unexpected medium. All of the music and dance is heavily influenced by hip hop and rap music. This odd pairing may be off-putting to many theatre goers, but you can rest assured that…


Added by Noah Coon on February 12, 2017 at 10:44pm — No Comments

Mama Mia: The Ultimate Juke-Box Musical

Every time Mama Mia comes to Minneapolis, people flock to see it because of it’s reputation as a hilarious, juke-box musical and the overall production of the Farewell Tour of Mama Mia is everything this beloved musical should be. With the exception of certain actor’s performances, the show is nearly perfect. The story is still the same, Sophia Sheridan (Lizzie Markson) invites her father to her wedding so he can walk her down the aisle to her handsome beau,…


Added by Kate Lawless on February 12, 2017 at 2:55pm — 1 Comment

Mamma Mia!

The stage musical "Mamma Mia!" is a worldwide sensation; over sixty million people around the world around the world have witnessed this spectacle. Most lovers of the show have also seen the 2008 hit movie version, starring Meryl Streep and Amanda Seyfried. So naturally, having seen the movie and absolutely loved it, I had very high expectations walking into the Orpheum this past Tuesday on opening night. I'm glad to say that "Mamma Mia!" is the perfect splash of summer in our cold Minnesota… Continue

Added by Catherine Lily Wojda on February 11, 2017 at 2:37pm — No Comments

              Though the crowd felt exuberant as the cast of Mama Mia sang the lines “only seventeen,” I only had one thought in my mind. This could have been done by seventeen year olds. Mama Mia is…

              Though the crowd felt exuberant as the cast of Mama Mia sang the lines “only seventeen,” I only had one thought in my mind. This could have been done by seventeen year olds. Mama Mia is a 1999 jukebox musical containing hip ABBA tunes, featuring the story of a young woman named Sophie (Lizzie Markson), raised by a single mother, who is planning to get married. On the eve of her wedding, in attempt to find her father, Sophie invites three old flames of…


Added by Sabrina Merritt on February 11, 2017 at 12:28am — 1 Comment

Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! more Mamma Mia!

Exotic, thrilling and delightful are just a few words I would use to describe my experience at Mamma Mia! on Tuesday, February 7.  With bright lights and flashy musical numbers, Mamma Mia! did not disappoint. With a score of songs that everyone knows and loves, this is a fun experience for people who like a good, classic musical.


This story follows the life of Sophie and her mother, Donna. We as an audience are introduced to them a few days before Sophie’s wedding. Throughout…


Added by Clare Judge on February 11, 2017 at 12:22am — No Comments

S.O.S.! Come see Mamma Mia!

Mamma Mia! is a jukebox musical of ABBA hits, composed by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus. The popularity of the show has brought it to over 40 countries, and the score has been translated into 23 languages. Mamma Mia! is returning to Minneapolis for its eighth and final time, with its classic story of a bride who just wants her father to walk her down the aisle. The bride, Sophie, secretly invites three men to her wedding that she thinks could be her father. When…


Added by Devyn Terry on February 10, 2017 at 10:05pm — 1 Comment

Gimme Gimme Gimme (An Encore)

When I went to see Mamma Mia’s farewell tour, I had low expectations. The plot of the much-loved jukebox musical, comprised of songs from the Swedish girl band Abba, seemed a little cheesy. Somehow, a story centering around a bride who invites three of her mother’s ex-lovers to her wedding didn’t seem like it would be all that entertaining to me. I could not have been more wrong.

The leads in this show gave solid…


Added by Jada ShaNel Gardner on February 10, 2017 at 9:12pm — No Comments

Mamma "Meh"a

  Mamma Mia at the orpheum theater was, quite frankly, a disappointment. The plot and story was amazing, and it’s quite easy to see why it’s a classic. In this story, based off of ABBA songs, a young girl prepares for her wedding and after reading her mother's diary and finding three men that could possibly be her father. Wanting someone to walk her down the aisle, she invites all three to her wedding. The execution of this show, however, was quite…


Added by Phina Smith on February 10, 2017 at 4:26pm — 1 Comment

My My, Maybe I Can Resist You

Sitting in the back row corner of the Orpheum I watched groups of middle aged women with wine in their hands slowly spill into the house. I kept staring at the beautifully lit turquoise blue screen onstage, wondering why there was no movement with such artistic waves. All of a sudden the band started with pounding electric guitar, immediately making me question what decade I was in. An overture began, lights dimmed and I felt the familiar chords of ABBA music quickly fill the…


Added by Linnea Stanton on February 10, 2017 at 12:15pm — 1 Comment

Mama Mia: An Inconsistent but Redeemable Production

I sat in the velvet seat with high expectations. "Mama Mia!" has been produced well as a play in the past and is a movie I love. I had my figures crossed that those expectations would be met. The performance of "Mama Mia!" at the Orpheum on February 7th, 2017 had strong elements of humor and conveyed the enjoyable story- but was highly inconsistent in terms of vocal performance and choreography.

This production of "Mama Mia!" is best described as a "hit and miss" production. The set… Continue

Added by Euphrosyne Daoutidou on February 10, 2017 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Thank You (Only) for the Music

Mama Mia!, originally written by Catherine Johnson and composed by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, is a unique musical, to say the very least. Premiered in 1999, the numbers are based on songs of the 1970’s stockholm-based pop band ABBA. The upbeat soundtrack can be accredited for its popularity (certainly not the plot), which has lead to innumerable global tours, an iconic film version, as well as a fourteen year long run on Broadway! This version of the…


Added by Nina Afremov on February 10, 2017 at 1:19am — No Comments

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