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March 2016 Blog Posts (32)

Go, Go, Go See Joseph

           Watching projected dreams of an actor during the overture I too began to drift into the pale yellow shroud of dreaming. Even as the narrator, Laura Helm, began cueing the show, her sing-song tone compelled me to escape into the picture book-like world of the ever popular Bible story, The Coat of Many Colors, about Joseph who can interpret dreams. Modernized to match the changing times, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat opened its six day…

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Added by Anika Besst on March 31, 2016 at 9:53pm — 3 Comments

Any (Other) Dream Will Do

To say the least, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a flamboyant show. It is based on the biblical story of Joseph; driven by jealousy that is fueled by their father’s favoritism, Joseph’s brothers steal his rainbow-colored coat and sell him to Ishmaelites who take him to Egypt. From there, Joseph follows his destiny and finds success within the struggle. The show first premiered in 1968 and lasted only fifteen minutes. since then, Tim Rice…

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Added by Nina Afremov on March 31, 2016 at 7:38pm — 1 Comment

Joseph brings color to Minneapolis

By Clare Judge

 

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is currently playing at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis. This musical tells the story of a young man named Joseph who has 11 brothers and is the favorite of his father. His brothers are fed up with the special treatment that Joseph is receiving so they decide to get rid of him. They return home thinking they have killed him but little do they know he is still alive and has been sold into…

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Added by Clare Judge on March 31, 2016 at 7:17pm — 2 Comments

A Classic Musical Brings Originality to the Stage in Questionable Ways

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a rock opera that narrates the biblical story of Joseph. This biblical tale has become one of the most performed shows in history, making it fairly well known among the general population. Thus, there is a pressure to bring the audience the same show they know and love while bringing it to light in a way that has never been envisioned before. This production…

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Added by Noah Coon on March 31, 2016 at 4:17pm — 1 Comment

Blissfully Ignorant

They say ignorance is bliss. For me, ignorance was a good thing after seeing Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Even though it’s one of composer Andrew Lloyd Webber’s more well known pieces, I’d never before seen the show or knew much about it. As I left the theater, I heard murmurs of discussion, namely one person who stated that their favorite show had just been “ruined”. Now, Joseph wasn’t the best show…

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Added by Larissa Milles on March 30, 2016 at 6:10pm — 2 Comments

Poor, Poor Lighting- Joseph

 

Musical theater is a delicate balance of the acting, dancing, lighting, costumes, sound, and many other things. If one thing in the musical equation is off kilter, the entire show is tainted by the unfortunate miss-hap. The touring production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Orpheum Theater is a fairly entertaining show as far as the story line, but this production could have been executed much…

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Added by Laura Wyatt on March 30, 2016 at 10:06am — 2 Comments

IF You Knew the Show Wasn't That Good THEN Would You Go?

If/Then made a stop in Minneapolis MN last week on its debut tour. This musical had a very interesting and unique concept, but the overall show did not deliver. Each piece of the production was executed well, but together it was nothing entirely special.  If/Then tells the story of a women and the different lives she could have based on simple decisions she makes.

The show starts when Elizabeth (Jackie Burns) moves to NYC to start fresh, she then meets a new friend and…

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Added by Claire Mathews-Lingen on March 13, 2016 at 9:59pm — 1 Comment

If/Then: Two Roads Diverged in Madison Square Park

Every choice we make could ultimately change the course of our lives, for better or for worse. This is the idea behind If/Then, the Tony Award nominated musical being performed at the Orpheum Theatre this month. The show was originally crafted around Broadway legend Idina Menzel, who has since left the show and passed on the leading role to Jackie Burns. Burns plays recently divorced Elizabeth who moves back to New York City to start her new life. Elizabeth meets up with her two…

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Added by Kate Lawless on March 13, 2016 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

If/then... More like what if

If/then



Emma Meents



This show was unlike any other show I've ever seen, very modern and in the times. Everything from the costumes to the set seemed very 2000 and now. The whole plot of the story was different than any show I've ever seen. The main character, Elizabeth, is a woman who overthinks everything. The whole show is about a moment where she had to make a decision and she thought about what her life would turn into from both sides of the decision. The shows smooth… Continue

Added by Emma Meents on March 12, 2016 at 12:52am — 1 Comment

If/then... More like what if

If/then



Emma Meents



This show was unlike any other show I've ever seen, very modern and in the times. Everything from the costumes to the set seemed very 2000 and now. The whole plot of the story was different than any show I've ever seen. The main character, Elizabeth, is a woman who overthinks everything. The whole show is about a moment where she had to make a decision and she thought about what her life would turn into from both sides of the decision. The shows smooth… Continue

Added by Emma Meents on March 12, 2016 at 12:51am — 2 Comments

f*%$ing great show

Devyn Terry

If/Then

Set in contemporary New York City, If/Then is the story of what could have been. A divorced Elizabeth (played by Jackie Burns) decides to get a fresh start at…

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Added by Devyn Terry on March 12, 2016 at 12:41am — 1 Comment

Gypsy!

Gypsy, one of the most iconic shows in musical theatre history, played at the Pantages last night, and it was show stopping. Directed by Peter Rothstein, the show tells the timeless tale of Mama Rose and Gypsy Rose Lee as they attempt to make it in the dying age of Vaudeville.

Michelle Barber was magnificent as the infamous Mama Rose. She was able to effectively convey the passion and drive within her character without making the audience view…

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Added by Noah Coon on March 11, 2016 at 5:49pm — 2 Comments

No More Time For Puns- This Show Is Fantastic

What would my life look like if I had made different choices earlier in my life? The musical, If/Then, tackles these questions and more with a one-of a kind-plot structure, honest lyrics and much, much more. When newly-divorced Elizabeth moves to New York City to find a new life, she makes one choice that splits her life into two different paths. This musical follows those two paths and reflects on how choices affect our lives, as well as those around us. This show left me with chills and… Continue

Added by R. Grace Carey on March 11, 2016 at 11:04am — 1 Comment

Powerful Girls Make an Impact

The Guerrilla Girls is a group of anonymous feminist activists. They are in the middle of a Minneapolis “take over,” part of which involved a show/presentation at the State Theater this past Saturday. I attended with no prior knowledge of the Guerrilla Girls other than having heard the group’s name in passing. This show put on in the style of a presentation, shed some light on the Guerrilla Girls’ process as well as the group's’ mission and…

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Added by Claire Mathews-Lingen on March 11, 2016 at 10:36am — 2 Comments

Burning Crossroads in If/Then

George Mulder

If/Then

Burning Crossroads in If/Then

Jackie Burns may be the best touring actress there has ever been. On Broadway, Burns acted as the understudy for Idina Menzel in the leading role of If/Then. During the Broadway run, Burns played the role nearly 50 times, then took over the role for the first National Tour. Her ease and experience shows through her singing and connection to the character for the full duration of the show. She also…

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Added by George Mulder on March 10, 2016 at 11:21pm — 2 Comments

You'll Never Know Until You See This Show

           If/Then paints a vivid picture in its run at the Orpheum until March 13th. With music by Tom Kitt and book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey, If/Then is about Elizabeth, played brilliantly by Jackie Burns who, after divorce, moves to New York City and is torn between choosing to live her life as Liz; searching for new adventure, or Beth; beginning her journey making professional associations. If/Then is a contemporary piece that relates well to our…

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Added by Anika Besst on March 10, 2016 at 11:12pm — 2 Comments

If/Then: A Story of Missed Connections

It’s hard not to waver when one is cast in Idina Menzel’s footsteps in a role specifically written for her. Surprisingly, this was not the issue for the national tour of If/Then, playing at the Orpheum through March 13th. The show revolves around Elizabeth,…

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Added by Delia Grimes on March 10, 2016 at 10:16pm — 2 Comments

If/Then

If/Then is a new musical by Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt that explores the idea of how one seemingly inconsequential decision can take one’s life in completely different directions. As the show goes on, we see two possible scenarios of Elizabeth’s (Jackie Burns) life play out based on one small decision she makes at a certain moment in time. It always excites me to see shows that play with the form in which they tell the story, instead of using the traditional…

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Added by Heidi Wiese on March 10, 2016 at 10:03pm — 2 Comments

Always Starting Over!!!

I am one who loves musical theater. I walk out of almost every show with a smile on my face. When I walked out of the theater this time after just seeing If/Then my mouth was wide open, just in awe of what I had seen. I've never seen a show like it. It was hands down amazing and the most well done show I've ever seen. This is a new broadway musical by Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning Next to Normal writers Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey.…

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Added by Ananda Cordova Stuart on March 10, 2016 at 9:23pm — 2 Comments

You could learn to live without this show

If/Then opened on March 8 at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis. This show is about a girl named Elizabeth who goes through her life and makes some big decisions. As an audience we get to see the result of each decision she makes. She is living two separate lives on stage. In one life she goes by the name Liz and in the other life she goes by Beth. She has the same friends in each life but there are are a few characters that only exist in one life due to decisions she has made. This crazy show… Continue

Added by Clare Judge on March 10, 2016 at 8:34pm — 1 Comment

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