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6 Plays, 29 Actors, 24 Hours

George Mulder

24 Hour Plays in Minneapolis

6 Plays, 29 Actors, 24 Hours

“What you’re about to experience didn’t exist 24 hours ago…” Directed by Minnesota-native Mark Armstrong, The 24 Hour Plays is a festival put on around the world to create time-limited theatre. Hennepin Theatre Trust and the University of Minnesota-Duluth came together to make it happen in Minneapolis. Writers, actors, directors, and stage managers showed up at 10:00pm on Sunday night…

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Added by George Mulder on March 15, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

The King & An Outstanding Show

I have never felt sympathy for a king, but this show made my heart go out to the wealthiest, most powerful man in his country. The King & I (by the transcendent Rodgers & Hammerstein) has won Tony’s for Best Musical and Best Revival (twice!), and has been produced in nearly every English-speaking country since its musical debut in 1951. Based on the true story of Anna Leonowens, the governess for the King of Siam (now Thailand) from 1862-1867, this is a multifaceted tale of compromise… Continue

Added by R. Grace Carey on March 14, 2017 at 3:31pm — No Comments

The King and I etc, etc, etc

I was looking forward to this show because I had watched the movie in middle school and I was sitting next to someone who loved the show. For what the story was, I thought the show was good but it did not blow me away. It did follow the story of the movie very closely but, the show seemed to drag on and the songs did not give the actors the opportunity to show their range. The set pieces were elaborate and I love the background lighting but the spotlights were not my favorite. Overall, I'm glad… Continue

Added by Olivia Haan on March 12, 2017 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Tis a Puzzlement

On Tuesday February 28, 2017, the Lincoln Center Theater Production of the 2015 Tony winning revival of "The King and I" on tour premiered at the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis. In this old story western and eastern culture clash represented with simplicity through a English governess and her experiences.

Laura Michelle…
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Added by Gabriela Leovan on March 7, 2017 at 11:10pm — No Comments

The King and I: Is it over yet?

If I had brought my father along to "The King and I", I can guarantee he would be asleep within the first 10 minutes of this production. I found myself turning to a friend next to me and asking, "How soon is intermission?", something incredibly unusual for someone as appreciative of theatre as me. An incredibly slow moving plot with little advancement in one story, serious lack of flow, and questionably applied connotations to assimilation mixed with a three hour performance was… Continue

Added by Euphrosyne Daoutidou on March 7, 2017 at 12:21am — No Comments

Should I Tell You What I Think Of You?: A Review of The King and I

The King and I is a poorly fleshed out version of the Sound of Music, except it is set in Siam, rather than Austria. Written also by Rogers and HammersteinThe King and I struggles to be as timelessly entertaining as their other shows. It’s the story of an English teacher, Anna (Laura Michelle Kelly), who moves to Siam (Modern day Thailand) to teach the harem and children of the King of Siam (Jose Llana). Anna…

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Added by Kate Lawless on March 6, 2017 at 9:19pm — No Comments

Should I Tell You What I Think Of You?: A Review of The King and I

The King and I is a poorly fleshed out version of the Sound of Music, except it is set in Siam, rather than Austria. Written also by Rogers and HammersteinThe King and I struggles to be as timelessly entertaining as their other shows. It’s the story of an English teacher, Anna (Laura Michelle Kelly), who moves to Siam (Modern day Thailand) to teach the harem and children of the King of Siam (Jose Llana). Anna…

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Added by Kate Lawless on March 6, 2017 at 9:19pm — No Comments

Getting to Know The King and I

The King and I, one of many successful pieces created by the duo Rodgers and Hammerstein, is based off of Margaret Landon’s 1944 novel Anna and the King of Siam, which is derived from the memoirs of Anna Leonowens, the governess to the children of King Mongkut of Siam in the 1860s. In similar fashion, the musical tells the story of Anna and her relationship with the King of Siam as he attempts to bring the influence of the Western world to…

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Added by Claire Karges on March 6, 2017 at 6:02pm — No Comments

I whistled a happy tune

Walking into a theatre knowing how famous and important the show you are about to watch tends to give you lots of expectations. The King and I didn't fit any of mine. It was a very well done show with lots of talent although at times it felt like a slow storyline to follow. The King and I opened on Broadway on March 29th, 1951 with lots of eager eyes. It is a show based off of…

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Added by Ananda Cordova Stuart on March 5, 2017 at 6:04pm — No Comments

Divine Rhythm

On Friday February 17, 2017, Shen Yun Performing Arts Company unveiled its show in the Minneapolis Orpheum Theater. Unable to perform in its own country the company of Shen Yun travels the world educating the willing about authentic Chinese dance and culture.

Those who do not know what to expect from the show get dazzled…
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Added by Gabriela Leovan on March 5, 2017 at 1:51pm — No Comments

The King and I, True to its History

The King and I, True to its History

How would I describe this show? Beautiful, full of a story that keeps you watching, and wonderful dancing. It has this, plus a whole lot of sexism, misogyny, and a breath of a white savior complex. Is it a product of its time? Yes. Yet, for its time it had progressive themes and the production showed the culture and style of Siam with nuance. The story of The King and…

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Added by Zoe Redfern-Hall on March 4, 2017 at 10:42pm — No Comments

Get to Know This Musical!

In an era with rock, and even rap, musicals growing in popularity, The King and I, is a brilliant resher. The Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, which premiered in 1951, tells the story of English schoolteacher, Anna Leonowens (Laura Michelle Kelly). Anna, with her young son (Graham Montgomery), travel to Siam, where Anna is to teach the King of Siam’s (Jose Llana)’s many children. The production is a beautiful blend of vocal talent, orchestral…

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Added by Sabrina Merritt on March 3, 2017 at 11:57pm — No Comments

The King and I

With a plot-line as slow moving as The King and I, the performance and technical aspects need to be astounding to balance out and put on a good show. Sadly, the current version of this classic production is mediocre at best. Ambassador Theater Group’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I follows the life of Anna Leonowens (Laura Michelle Kelly), an ambitious school teacher as she travels to 1860’s Siam to…

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Added by Liv Krusinski on March 3, 2017 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Something (Mostly) Wonderful

This iconic musical is well known for its Film Adaptation in 1956, but The King and I made its debut on Broadway in 1951, based on the Margaret Landon's novel Anna and the King of Siam. Between 1952 and 2015, the musical has won awards time and time again and has been nominated an innumerable amount of times. The plot remains timeless and timely as two people of different cultures strive to understand the other in a rapidly…

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Added by Nina Afremov on March 3, 2017 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

The King and I: Precisely My Cup of Tea

With the coveted Tony Awards for Best Musical and Best Revival to its name, The King and I is yet another show in the Minneapolis Orpheum’s 2016-2017 season that garnered high expectations before it even hit the stage. And, much like its predecessors, it does not disappoint.

 

Based off Margaret Landon’s novel Anna and the King of Siam (which was based off…

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Added by Eleanor Wilhelmi on March 3, 2017 at 1:31am — 1 Comment

Something Wonderful

Not to state the obvious, but three hours is quite a long musical. Which is why I was so surprised when The King and I ended and I found myself wishing for more.  The King and I, playing at the Orpheum Theatre from February 28 through March 5, tells the story of Anna…

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Added by Elizabeth Donovan on March 3, 2017 at 1:30am — 2 Comments

The King and I: ectera, ectera, ectera

The King and I, based on the 1944 novel “Anna and the King of Siam, by Margaret Landon, tells the story of Anna Leonowens (Laura Michelle Kelly) and her son as they arrive in Siam. Anna has been hired to be a teacher for The King of Siam’s children and wives in a epic clash of cultures and opinions. The relationship between The King of Siam (Jose Llana) and Anna is comparable to a choreographed tug-of-war and is portrayed through spectacular acting.…

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Added by Ella Padden on March 3, 2017 at 1:13am — 1 Comment

This was the King of musicals

    This was the King of musicals. I have not seen something so satisfying in a while. The acting was fabulous, the technical aspects of the show were almost flawless, and how the cultural elements were incorporated was fantastic. This musical, Rodger and Hammerstein's The King and I performed on February 28th at the Orpheum theatre, was a once in a lifetime experience. It is very evident that the entire cast put in tremendous amounts of work to make this show seemingly…

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Added by Meghan Katers on March 3, 2017 at 1:06am — 1 Comment

I Am Confused

Madilyn Duffy

The King and I

I am Confused”

 

       We have all seen Disney movies. The castle in the beginning with the whimsical music played over it. The beautiful animation that allows each character to be unique and exquisite purely because of the way lines on paper are shaped. The King and I, directed by…

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Added by Madilyn Duffy on March 3, 2017 at 12:39am — 1 Comment

This Revival Was Something Wonderful

    I wasn’t expecting much from The King And I. The renowned Rodgers and Hammerstein musical seemed rather lengthy to me, at approximately three hours with intermission, and furthermore, I worried that it would be outdated and racially insensitive. Thankfully, the show managed to go far above and beyond my expectations, with beautiful voices, and an interesting…

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Added by Jada ShaNel Gardner on March 3, 2017 at 12:25am — 1 Comment

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