Cookies, explosions, swimming, talking animals and snails with mail. A year with Frog and Toad is straight out of a children’s book. Literally! Based on the books by Arnold Lobel, A Year with Frog and Toad first debuted at Children’s Theater Company in Minneapolis in 2002. The original show went on to be on and off Broadway Eventually being nominated for three Tony’s. In 2007 there was an additional revival at Children’s Theater. Now, A Year with Frog and Toad has returned for the…Continue
All across the state, school theatre programs participate in the spotlight showcase. A collection of the best and most well done shows from high schools across the state. The casts gather in Minneapolis. These students prepare for weeks to perform at the state theatre for two nights. On June 12th, and 13th of 2017, all spotlight outstanding schools gathered for this show at the state theatre. Surrounded by family, friends, and supporters, these students perform medleys and excerpts…Continue
This past week in New York, I attended private workshops led by Broadway stage manager James Latus and Broadway actress Madeline Doherty. Notable production stage management credits of James Latus include Indecent (current), Jitney, and Hamilton. Notable Broadway credits of Madeline Doherty include Charlie & The Chocolate Factory (current), Sister Act, Gigi, Les Miserables, and the OBC of Producers. Both professionals were extremely insightful about living in the city and pursuing a…Continue
Twenty-one years ago, in 1964, Jonathan Larson changed the course of the Broadway musical with Rent, based off of Puccini’s La Bohème. The Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning rock musical/world-changer/masterpiece follows the life of seven artists struggling to maintain and balance their personal, artistic, and economic lives while they learn the importance of love and spontaneity. Set in the east village of New York during the AIDS epidemic and of the 1980’s, Rent showcases,…Continue
Walking into the Orpheum Theatre Tuesday night, the stage was a street in New York, with aspects of neighboring buildings on the sides of the stage. The grungy feel extended to the farthest seat, giving the audience the feeling of what an alleyway might look like in the Big Apple. Everything was so simple yet intricate, leaving the audience a feeling of anticipation. Rent, here in Minneapolis until June 11, satisfied that anticipation and provided a show that did not disappoint.
If you’re looking for a show that will get you rocking out in your seat, drying tears from your face, then rocking out again, Rent is the show for you! Based on the opera La Boheme, Rent takes place in the early 1990s and follows a group of actors who are trying to make ends meet. Including LGBTQ characters and the presence of HIV/AIDS in the community, there are many serious themes and represented; especially at the…Continue
Rent is the story of a group of New York City artists fighting the effect AIDS has on their community and imperfectly loving one another. Actually, the plot is a lot more complicated than that and the opening numbers don't really establish the complicated histories of each character, so the production has conveniently provided a character relationships and description map on page 10 of the Playbill.
The 20th anniversary production of Jonathon Larson's Rent is definitely…Continue
On June 6th, 2017, one of the most iconic shows to ever hit Broadway, opened at the Orpheum theatre in Minneapolis. Staying for a 6 day run, the cast of Rent, breaks hearts and lifts spirits simultaneously. Take it or Leave it, Rent is no doubt one of the most memorable musicals.
Being the first time seeing the show, whether in a movie or onstage, i was expecting a good show that people liked. What…Continue
This year Jonathan Larson’s rock musical RENT hit it’s 20-year anniversary mark and is celebrating with a national tour. Set in the early 1990’s, RENT follows a diverse group of artists through their struggles to make ends meet. The show beautifully depicts real life problems with careers, love interests and the impending effects of AIDS on their community. RENT’s strong performers, beautiful…Continue
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