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May 2016 Blog Posts (23)

He May Be A Wimpy Kid, But This Isn't A Wimpy Show

There has been a fad going around the theatre community for quite some time now. It seems that many of the new musicals created these days are based off of books or movies that existed previously. These productions tell the same story, but through the media of musical theater.  Some popular examples include Shrek: The Musical, Carrie: The Musical, and Bring it on: The Musical. Being that converting books or…


Added by Noah Coon on May 24, 2016 at 12:18am — No Comments

10 Chairs and 10 Actors

Two of the main things I look at in theater are the set/scenery and the costumes. When you walk into the Capri theater to see Next festival’s The Illyria Project, you see 10 chairs and 10 music stands. There is a DJ playing music and people sitting in the audience talking to each other. When the show is scheduled to start you see 10 actors walk into the theater in everyday clothing, most in  black, but some in colors.

On May 21st, 2016 at the…


Added by Avery Ronning on May 23, 2016 at 5:04pm — No Comments

This is No Spooky Mormon Hell Dream

Madilyn Duffy

The Book of Mormon


This is No Spooky Mormon Hell Dream

This was it. The production I had waited all year for. “It’s raunchy,” some people warned. “The jokes are very adult,” others said. After seeing The Book of Mormon on Tuesday night, I began to realize that everyone was right. But that’s what…


Added by Madilyn Duffy on May 19, 2016 at 9:32am — 1 Comment

I didnt want the Book of Mormon to turn off the jokes!!

In this day and age many a religion is misunderstood, but Broadway has stepped into the fray to clear things up. Count one slightly less misunderstood religion thanks to The Book Of Mormon, showing at the Orpheum theatre through May 29. And what we understand is a fundamental truth about this crazy religion – all you have to do is ‘just believe.’ Throughout this spectacular gospel of a show you get such a clear and for sure not altered depiction of the Mormon lifestyle and the Mormon religion.… Continue

Added by Emma Meents on May 18, 2016 at 9:45pm — 1 Comment

The Understudy Saves the Day

George Mulder

The Book of Mormon

The Understudy Saves the Day

            Tony Award winning musical The Book of Mormon has had audiences laughing hysterically since its Broadway opening in 2011. Over five years, the script has not changed. It’s back in Minneapolis after less than two years. The people loved it here so much, so they brought it to the Orpheum Theatre once again, running for three weeks through May 29. The Book of Mormon…


Added by George Mulder on May 13, 2016 at 8:44pm — 1 Comment

I Believe It's One of the Best!

     Returning for another run on the Orpheum stage, in Minneapolis, The Book of Mormon is a smash-hit that is sure to leaving you crying with laughter! The Book of Mormon tells the hilarious story of two young Mormon missionaries sent to a village in Uganda, where a brutal General is threatening the native people. Being paired with the unprofessional Elder Cunningham, Elder Price expects to take the spotlight in baptizing and converting the Ugandan people, but when the people…


Added by Ryan Lenard on May 13, 2016 at 7:48pm — No Comments

The Book of Mormon Will Have You Wet with Salvation

The Book of Mormon is back at the Orpheum! It couldn’t have come back soon enough. This show is full of laugh out loud humor, great dance numbers, clever lines, and references. A parody of the mormon religion this show draws in a wide range of audience members. The jokes gracefully walk the line between hilarious and offensive. The script is full of gems like "I am wet with salvation," "In 1975 god changed his mind about black people," the gay Mormon who expresses the fact that he constantly…


Added by Claire Mathews-Lingen on May 12, 2016 at 11:19pm — 1 Comment

Catchy or Crass? Why Not Both! -A Book of Mormon Review

Catchy or Crass? Why Not Both! -A Book of Mormon Review

Kate Lawless

The Book of Mormon has a reputation for being one of the most outrageously funny shows on Broadway. It’s a religious satire musical, most famous for it’s shockingly unapologetic (and definitely politically incorrect) jokes as well as inappropriately cheery and catchy music.

The Book of Mormon is about Kevin Price (Ryan Bondy),…


Added by Kate Lawless on May 12, 2016 at 10:20pm — 1 Comment

Convert to The Book of Mormon Fan Club

The book of Mormon is unlike any other musical. Created by Robert Lopez, Trey Parker, and Matt Stone, the creators of the famously controversial TV Series “South Park,”  “Book of Mormon” premiered on Broadway in 2011. Since then, it has gone on several tours and continues to captivate audiences with its blunt, bawdy humor. While I was impressed by the Musical’s ability to offend everyone in the theater, yet gain their applause, I was also captivated by the…


Added by Nina Afremov on May 12, 2016 at 10:15pm — 1 Comment

Utah to Uganda

            Within seconds I found myself enveloped in a world of bright opportunity and promising commitment. Directed by Casey Nicholaw and Trey Parker, The Book of Mormon is about two missionaries, Elder Price and Elder Cunningham, faced with the prospect of being sent to Uganda to convert Africans to the Mormon faith. With little success and facing a hostile warlord Price and Cunningham begin to question the God they have believed in for as long as they can remember. They…


Added by Anika Besst on May 12, 2016 at 9:47pm — No Comments

All American Musical

     Before going to most shows, I do my research. I find out about awards the show has won, listen to the soundtrack, go through a brief summary, etc. The show was fast paced, full of movement, and full of comedy. Sometimes, I even had to ask my friend what was going on. I was not alone. She had to ask me, a couple of times, what they had just said. Pronunciation is key in any good show. The Book of Mormon is not any good show. It is the pinnacle of comedy and performance. It’s no surprise…


Added by Avery Ronning on May 12, 2016 at 9:34pm — 1 Comment

Hasa Diga Eebowhy Are You So Funny?

Never in my life have I seen a performance as offensive, groundbreaking, and laugh-out-loud funny as “The Book of Mormon,” currently on tour in downtown Minneapolis at the one and only Orpheum Theater. Having seen this production years ago on Broadway, the bar was set high for the touring cast in my eyes. However, the cast gave truly gave it their all bringing talent and jocularities to spare.


“The Book of Mormon” manages to ridicule major demographics of people (blacks,…


Added by Leo Driessen on May 12, 2016 at 8:40pm — 1 Comment

I Believe in the Power of Theatre!!!

The Book of Mormon completely defies the standards of musical theatre and yet still contains all of the show stopping tap numbers, a phenomenal act 1 finales and outstanding orchestrations that every audience member hopes for.

The Book of Mormon, written by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone, tells the story of two young Mormon missionaries who are sent to Uganda for two years to try and convert as many Africans to the church of Jesus Christ. Now this shows has me sitting in the…


Added by Aubrey Salita on May 12, 2016 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

I Believe That You’ll Love The Book of Mormon

When it came time to finally see The Book of Mormon at the Orpheum Theater, I can hardly say I felt unprepared. I had listened to many of the songs from the soundtrack and I knew the general storyline pretty well. However, seeing the show unfold before me was a completely different cup of tea. And I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.

The musical…


Added by Claire Karges on May 12, 2016 at 7:42pm — 1 Comment

The Book of Mormon: Incredibly Funny or Incredibly Offensive?

The national tour of the wildly popular religious satire The Book of Mormon opened at the Orpheum theater this past Tuesday night. The show has been, in general, received very well, winning nine Tonys and even being called “the funniest musical on Broadway” by some. And though it is true that the writing is hilarious and there were many moments that the characters had me cracking up, it is astonishing that there hasn’t been more backlash from the public…


Added by Heidi Wiese on May 12, 2016 at 7:24pm — 1 Comment

Hello my name is...

Ever wondered what it's like to sit on the edge of your seat for the majority of a show out of excitement? Ever laughed and felt so bad for laughing at a hilarious yet terrible joke? Have you ever seen The Book Of Mormon? Yes! Everything was a yes for me, the Book of Mormon written by Trey Parker, Matt Stone, and Bobby Lopez three incredible authors was the strangest yet most creative you may ever see. You will feel hyped, sad, mad, and goofy all in one song.…


Added by Ananda Cordova Stuart on May 12, 2016 at 6:03pm — No Comments

'The Book Of Mormon' Will Make It A Latter Day

As Book of Mormon was opening, I’ll admit I was worried. I had high hopes, and the doorbell first number, Hello!, wasn't grabbing me as I had hoped. Instead, it felt campy and forced. That is, until Cody Jamison Strand showed up as Elder Cunningham, a character trying his absolute best but not exactly succeeding. This schtick gets even better when his seemingly flawless counterpart, Elder Price, shows up and reveals his dream Mormon mission…


Added by Delia Grimes on May 12, 2016 at 3:10pm — No Comments

Don't Turn Off The Book of Mormon


In today’s society, more and more religions are being understood and accepted by different people. While this is a great thing, there is one religion that I can’t wrap my head around: Mormonism. It seems that I am not alone in my confusion, because creators of The Book of Mormon (the musical) Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, and Matt Stone made the musical specifically to poke fun at the morals of the Mormon…


Added by Laura Wyatt on May 11, 2016 at 8:24pm — No Comments

Blashphemy Never Felt So Good

Warning: Faces are susceptible to soreness the morning after a night of nonstop laughter and smiling. This was true for me after I saw The Book of Mormon, playing at the Orpheum until May 29. Written by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, and Matt Stone, The Book of Mormon won nine Tony Awards in 2011, including Best Musical. The show tells the hilarious story of Elders Price and Cunningham as they are sent on their mission to Uganda. Filled…


Added by Larissa Milles on May 11, 2016 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

What's your supershark?!

Night at Olympus was such a modernized show all about high school and gods. Surprising mix I know... but in this show it works. You follow the life of Maggie an awkward teen who isn't confident in her skin, later you see her become someone knew.. Someone viewed as better. The whole show is leading up to the prom. Walking into the theater you see a very plain stage except for the build board looking painting in the very back with a drawing of a farmland and a blue sky full of…


Added by Ananda Cordova Stuart on May 9, 2016 at 9:50pm — 2 Comments

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