I first saw Beautiful The Carole King Musical at the Orpheum Theatre on November 18th. Suddenly I felt as if I was back in the 1950’s/60’s. Beautiful Carole King The Musical is about the early life career of Carole KIng using songs that she wrote, usually put together by Gerry Goffin (Husband), and other contemporary songs put together by Cynthia and Barry. The show offers a valuable message about kindness and the Equal RIghts Amendment. This show is…Continue
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical is a powerful example of storytelling at its finest. Some musicals try to cover up their flaws with expensive effects and too much makeup, but this musical is naturally beautiful and has great bone structure. Told with humor and…Continue
On Wednesday night, I had the pleasure of going to see the opening night performance of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical at the Orpheum Theatre. Before learning about the show, I had never heard of Carole King before. Her songs had never come under my radar and I knew nothing about her life story. However, after watching the show, I can honestly say that I know I’ve been missing out. The show is a wonderful representation of her legacy and made me want…Continue
Is it redundant at this point to say that Beautiful is beautiful? It is? Well it’s true. The story starts the audience off with an adult Carole King looking back on what happened to get her to be the successful musician that she is. Flashback to the late 50’s and the audience sees sixteen year old, aspiring musician, Carole King and the real story begins.…Continue
By Emma Melling
Nervous and shaking slightly, a young teen holds a folder of sheet music to her chest, raising her hand to knock on a plain office door. It opens to the sound of guitar strings, vocal chords, ringing telephones: a world of music. She introduces herself as Carole King, curly ponytail bouncing.
After a series of introductions and spirited remarks, King finds herself seated at a simple upright piano. Her…Continue
Happy Days Are Here Again on the night you go see Beautiful, the Carole King Musical. Everything from the inspiring story to the vocals to the set is phenomenal; you truly feel like you are in a Broadway theatre.
Beautiful first opened in San Francisco in 2013 and was completely sold out. It soon moved to Broadway and began previews in the fall of 2015. It was an instant hit providing audiences with the inspiring idea that anything is possible through trials and…Continue
Last night I was not particularly in the mood for sparkly dresses and finger-snappin’ shoe stopping routines. Not at 7:30 at night I wasn’t. I practically slid out of my car, trudged through the drizzle, and yawned several times before the curtain went up. Beautiful: the Carol King Musical immediately woke me from my mid-November-coma. Beautiful is the perfect model of a Jukebox Musical. The show surprised me with its fast paced transitions, witty dialogue, and seamless…Continue
Carole King: one of the most iconic singer/songwriters of the 1960’s. Born with the last name of Klein, Carole took the stage name of King for a larger stage presence. Even if she hadn’t changed her name, King would’ve still had the major influence on rock and roll music as we know it today. With her interesting life story, she definitely deserves a musical in her honor.The Orpheum had a different feeling than I have come to know on Wednesday night. The crowd seemed…Continue
I will admit my feelings of trepidation going into Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. My reservations were not only but completely blown away by nearly every aspect of this musical. The overarching thought that pervaded my mind the entirety of the production was, “HOLY MUSICAL TALENT.” Abby Mueller, gracefully and holistically representing Carole King just as her sister Jesse did before her on Broadway, possesses incredible vocal talent. Her voice is a stunningly powerful mix of…Continue
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Once again, Broadway has given the world another tech heavy show. Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” looks and feels as though it was pulled right off of the screen and placed onto the stage. The detailed costumes and elaborate set has provided a larger than life show that is technically stunning.
First off, the costuming…Continue
By: Ryan Lenard
The Little Mermaid is a classic Disney tale about a mermaid named Ariel who feels misunderstood by her mersisters and father and dreams of living and experiencing human life. After rescuing a prince who fell overboard into the sea, Ariel falls in love with him. Now wishing to be with her love, Ariel makes a deal with the sea witch, Ursula, to get legs, even if it means losing her voice for good.
Being a huge Disney fan myself, I loved seeing…Continue
Disney’s The Little Mermaid brings to the stage the classic Disney animated feature film which sparked the “Disney Renaissance” of the 1990’s. I was skeptical about how an aquatic based show could be put on a stage completely devoid of water, and was indeed disappointed. Big inconsistencies in production elements, underwhelming special effects, but a very talented cast and multitude of wonderful performances left me with mixed feelings about the show as a whole. This show, like most…Continue
Good things can come in tacky packages, this statement is proved by The Disney’s The Little Mermaid, currently playing at the Orpheum in Minneapolis.
It is always a shame when a show takes talent, and drowns it in tacky costumes and a downright confusing set. The curtain rises to reveal a 3 foot tall, and 20 foot long swath of plastic,…
Tuesday nights tend to be pretty low-energy, and for the audience at the Little Mermaid that was certainly the case coming in. Dragged-down looking parents being hauled by determined three year olds in Ariel costumes scattered the hall as everyone made their way to…Continue
Why were the actors humping the air? At least that what it looked like as the Broadway touring company of The Little Mermaid stormed into Minneapolis this week with their washed out performance. Throughout the entirety of the performance, the actors, which the audience clearly understood as attempting to portray mermaids living under the sea, decided to hump the air as though they were “real” mermaids swimming in the depths of the ocean. This and many other aspects including the…Continue
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The Little Mermaid
The Little Mermaid Tour Better Than Broadway
Here we go, another Disney movie turned into a corny Broadway musical. “True? Yes.” But The Little Mermaid has been stealing the hearts of people of all ages since 1989 when the revolutionary animated film first premiered. The magical story relates to all of us, wanting to be part of a world that is out of our grasp. Even if we cannot relate to Ariel’s longing for love, somebody…Continue
The Little Mermaid is a Hans Christian Anderson tale of curiosity, romance, vulnerability, and sacrifice. Disney caught it in a large net, released it as a children's movie, then released it again in 2007 as a Broadway musical. The only problem with catch…Continue
Disney’s Little Mermaid at the Orpheum Theater on Tuesday night was less than impressive. When I walked into the Orpheum Theater on Tuesday night I expected a lot. In my mind, the fact that Disney’s Little Mermaid is just that, a Disney show, set the bar high. I was expecting the music to be catchy and the songs to be delightful. I was also expecting whimsical sets and costumes. I was hoping the show would leave me with a lasting impression.…Continue