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Stone the Crows... and this Show

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” playing at the Orpheum theatre in downtown Minneapolis through this weekend, is a telling about the famous and classical biblical story regarding Joseph (played by JC McCann), his eleven brothers, his father’s love for solely him, and his hard life after being sent away as a slave by his brothers. This production was done by Troika Entertainment, LLC, so don’t expect the usual dazzle of Broadway tours, though this show is still enjoyable… if…

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Added by Melissa Faust on March 31, 2016 at 2:25pm — 1 Comment

Joseph

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat presents a musical retelling of the story of Joseph from the Book of Genesis. Another show in the Andrew Lloyd Webber “operetta musical” anthology, Joseph has gone through many different productions since its premiere in 1970. Unlike many of the other theatergoers on Tuesday night at the Orpheum Theatre I had never seen a previous production of the show and therefore could not compare it to other versions. Perhaps veterans of…

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Added by Matthew Maxam on March 31, 2016 at 10:41am — 2 Comments

This Dream Did

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is an engaging and fun show for all ages. On March 29, at the Orpheum, I saw this show and was greatly pleased with it. It is based off of the Bible story of Joseph, rather loosely, whether you believe in the Bible or not, this is still a show you can enjoy. Joseph is his father Jacob's, favorite son, of him and his twelve brothers. To show his affection Jacob gave Joseph a special coat with all of the colors of the rainbow. The brothers did not like… Continue

Added by Moira Weiland on March 30, 2016 at 8:23pm — 1 Comment

Vegas takes on Genesis

A clash of electric guitar, a flash of strobes, the story faded into darkness. There are a few instances in which cocktail dresses are not preferred over other forms of fabric. Funerals for instance, or job interviews, or perhaps a performance of a biblical-original story. Hey, I am all for cocktail dresses, give me a short hemline and a martini and I’m your girl, but maybe not during Joseph. Sure, I’m a traditionalist when it comes to theater. The…

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Added by Mary Katherine Fiala on March 30, 2016 at 7:42pm — 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

Let Them Entertain You- Gypsy Review

Gypsy is the latest of four Broadway Re-Imagined shows put on as a collaborations between the Hennepin Theater Trust and Theater Latté Da. Based on the real life of burlesque dancer, Gypsy Rose Lee, this story follows stage-mom Mama Rose and her two daughters, Louise and June through the decline of vaudeville. We join their story at Uncle Jocko’s Kiddie Show with Baby June and Baby Louise (Victoria Wyffels and Carley Clover) auditioning to join the show. We…

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Added by Anne Boatman on March 29, 2016 at 2:40pm — 1 Comment

A Chorus Line: "One" of the Best Shows I've Ever Seen

A heart-wrenching classic about the love and tragedy of show business, A Chorus Line was at the Ordway from February 16th to February 28th. The musical is the timeless tale of a mass audition for an unnamed Broadway show where the audience gains a deep understanding and sympathy for the dancers as they tell their story of what they “did for love.” With music that took me to both the brightest and darkest places of my being, Marvin Hamlisch and Edward Kleban…

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Added by Janna Fitzgerald on March 17, 2016 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

If/Then

As we get older, many of us wonder what life would have been like if we had chosen different options or made alternative decisions. We wonder where we would be if we had taken a different path in life, where we would have ended up. If/Then, directed by Michael Greif, explores the question of “what if” through the life of Elizabeth, a recent divorcee who moves across the country from Phoenix to New York. We see the two paths Elizabeth could have taken…

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Added by Anna Harris on March 14, 2016 at 9:10pm — 1 Comment

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 Parl

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 7:48pm — 1 Comment

Gypsy

Theater Latté Da’s latest installment in their Broadway Re-Imagined series was Gypsy, performing at the Pantages Theater through March 13. The series takes well known musicals and presents them in different and imaginative ways. This year’s production was by far the best of the series I have seen so far, with immensely talented performers, great choreography, and unique, inventive lighting and sets. While I don’t care much for the material of Gypsy itself, Theater Latté Da’s…

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Added by Matthew Maxam on March 12, 2016 at 11:54pm — 1 Comment

Gypsy

Based on the 1957 memoirs from Gypsy Rose Lee, “Gypsy” follows her childhood and relationship with her family through her rise as a popular burlesque striptease. Theater Latte Da presented wonderful production of “Gypsy”  at the Pantages theater. The local cast and crew of “Gypsy” brought to life the story of Momma Rose, the overbearing stage mother, who is determined to make her children vaudeville famous. However, set in the 1920’s and 1930’s, the later of which is when…

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Added by Ruby Regan on March 12, 2016 at 10:48pm — 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 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 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

Contemporary Ideas Take the Broadway Stage

Karina Karbo-Wright

If/Then



If you love the modern world, then you will enjoy If/Then. In the recent past, Elizabeth had an important choice in Madison Square Park: either go with her new friend Kate and be called Liz, or with her friend Lucas and go by the name Beth. The rest of the show follows both of the paths that Elizabeth's life could've taken, as Beth or as Liz. Modernized situations and catchy songs illustrate two very different lives, struggles, and obstacles the 21st… Continue

Added by Karina Karbo-Wright on March 11, 2016 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

A Very Solid Show

Broderick Johnson

If/Then

 

A Very Solid Show

 

       Often times when we look at life and it’s infinite possibilities we ask ourselves “What would life be like if I had majored in mechanical engineering instead of art history?”. Or maybe “What would happen if I had went with my nerdy activist friend instead of listened…

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Added by Broderick Johnson on March 11, 2016 at 7:33pm — 2 Comments

If I Had Never Seen This Show Then...

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Added by Amy Walus on March 11, 2016 at 6:53pm — 2 Comments

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

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