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Thank Goodness For the Green Girl

Every so often, there is a musical that makes it’s mark on society and becomes a sensation. In the 1940s, it was Oklahoma!, then in the 80s, Phantom of the Opera, and recent megahit Hamilton has also reached this status. But 14 years ago, the first musical sensation of the 21st century hit Broadway. Winning three Tony Awards,…


Added by Larissa Milles on April 15, 2017 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

The World Has Been Changed For Good

George Mulder


The World Has Been Changed For Good

            Who knew the Wicked Witch of the West would teach audiences how to survive against adversity? Wicked tells us her story. The world-renown musical was nominated for ten Tony Awards in 2004 for its original production with Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth. Wicked is now playing at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis until May 14, starring Jessica Vosk as Elphaba and…


Added by George Mulder on April 15, 2017 at 11:55am — No Comments

Wickedly Good

If the 2017 production of "Wicked" gives the evil word new meaning. The musical is based on the novel by Gregory Maguire and acts as a back story to The Wizard of Oz. If follows the Wicked Witch of the West, Elphaba (Jessica Vosk) through the challenges of being different, green-skinned to be exact, and finding a power within her that teaches her to embrace the difference. The story of her and her drastically different best friend, Glinda the Good (Ginna Claire Mason), is more complicated…


Added by Euphrosyne Daoutidou on April 15, 2017 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Wicked: Defying Gravity and Expectations

Have you ever wondered how the wicked witch of the west became wicked. The musical Wicked based off of the book by Winnie Holzman of the same name answers this questions. One of the most critically acclaimed musicals of the past 15 years the original production Wicked was nominated for 10 Tony Awards. The story follows the unlikely friendship of Glinda and Elphaba before they were Glinda the Good and the Wicked Witch of the West. As tensions rise the audience is brought on an…


Added by Maria Spack on April 14, 2017 at 11:41am — No Comments

To Begin With, the Production Was Just Okay

“Disagreeable evening!” a gray bearded man proclaimed on a raised platform after clamoring down the center aisle dividing the audience. Gerald Charles Dickens, writer Charles Dickens great great great grandson stood with his arms out wide in front of a small crowd in an ancient church. He was dressed in all white with an accent of green on his vest. His costume and set behind him transported audiences to the 19th century, when Dickens lived and wrote. “To Begin With”, written…


Added by Linnea Stanton on April 13, 2017 at 9:13am — No Comments

Don't Throw Away Your Shot!

Last week I was fortunate enough to see Broadways biggest hit, Hamilton: An American Musical written by Lin Manuel-Miranda, in Chicago. Like many of us, I had become obsessed with the Original Cast Recording. With tickets sold out through next fall and going for $700+, it seemed unrealistic that I would see the show anytime soon. Of course, upon hearing that I would be seeing the show from the second row I was hysteric. However, is the experience worth emptying your wallet…


Added by Thomas Bertron on April 5, 2017 at 2:19pm — No Comments


Many of us grew up enjoying the magical story of Matilda, weather it be the classic 1988 British novel by Roald Dahl or the 1996 film starring Danny Devito. Having premiered in the West End in 2009 before launching a US Tour, Matilda The Musical is now reaching audiences around the globe. As a fan of the movie, I was skeptical of how the story would be adapted into a stage musical. Like the novel, it follows Matilda Wormwood, a genius 5 year old with…


Added by Thomas Bertron on April 5, 2017 at 2:18pm — No Comments

Hedwig is Unapologetic; Whether You Like it Or Not

Some shows prefer to play it safe with touring audiences, and some shows unapologetically refuse to hold back. Hedwig and the Angry Inch is the type of production to make Ordway donors and subscription holders rattled within the first song. Dressed in denim and a blonde Farrah Fawcett wig, Euan Morton (Hedwig) opens the show with a loud, political rock song, flicking off a couple in the first row. This isn’t the last raunchy moment of the…


Added by Linnea Stanton on April 4, 2017 at 6:26pm — No Comments

Matilda is Magical

There was a period of my childhood in which I probably watched the movie "Matilda" every other day. I had it almost memorized word for word. So it shouldn't be surprising that my expectations were very high as I walked into the Orpheum theatre on opening night of Matilda: The Musical, directed by Matthew Warchus. I wondered especially at how the show would manage the magic of Matilda's mind powers, and in this I was slightly disappointed as I felt I waited for too long to see it and it was not… Continue

Added by Catherine Lily Wojda on April 2, 2017 at 8:14am — No Comments

Matilda brings the essence of theater's magic to life

Matilda is a classic book, and later movie, that most young kids grew up with. Whether you watched the movie or read the book once or 100 times, you'll remember the scene of Miss. Trunchbull spinning around the little girl in the school yard. It's an iconic moment where we discover Matilda is a special and intelligent little girl with a heart of gold who cares about everyone and shows more compassion than most adults do. Like in the film and in the book before it, the scene wows as it takes… Continue

Added by Emma Meents on April 1, 2017 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

Matilda and the not so revolting children


Bright lights, powerful dance moves, and catchy music filled the Orpheum Theatre of Minneapolis on Tuesday, March 28 as Matilda the Musical opened their award- winning show to an eager audience.


This show takes place in England. It follows the life of an extraordinary young girl named Matilda, who struggles with an unstable family life and some abnormal abilities. It is only through school that she finally gets the attention and recognition she deserves from…


Added by Clare Judge on April 1, 2017 at 11:51am — No Comments

An Inconsistent Performance: Matilda Review


Based on the children’s book by Roald Dahl, Matilda brims with childlike energy, which is unfortunately dulled by the adult actors performances. This beloved story of a young girl, Matilda (Jenna Weir), learning to use her imagination, intelligence, and magic to do what is right (and sometimes be a little bit naughty) needs to feel precocious and whimsical, and the child actors nail that. However, the adult actors…


Added by Kate Lawless on March 31, 2017 at 11:37pm — No Comments

It's okay to be a little Naughty

Letters, lights, and sound. Three big things that stood out when I watched Matilda the musical on Tuesday night, it's opening night at the Orpheum in downtown mpls. In 1996 the movie Matilda came out about a little genius whose parents didn't love her. In 2010 Matilda premiered at  Stratford-upon-Avon then premiered on…


Added by Ananda Cordova Stuart on March 31, 2017 at 3:25pm — No Comments

Matila, and the Importance of Books

Matilda draws an audience young and old to witness the show’s magnificence. The Orpheum theater in downtown Minneapolis was full of eager audience members, of a younger demographic when the scrim went up on the opening night of Matilda. This musical, while containing some dark content has an ensemble of young performers who bring light to the theater. The choreography perfectly complimented these young artists and brought the show to life in a fun and whimsical way. 



Added by Claire Mathews-Lingen on March 31, 2017 at 1:06pm — No Comments

Matilda the Fearless Girl

            “That’s not right.” The evening of March 7th a statement was made. A little bronze girl stares down the truck sized bull, her hands on her hips, her pony tail flying in the wind. This fearless girl squares off the Wall Street charging bull, challenging the world to pay attention to the gender inequality in the corporate world. The following morning Matilda The Musical posted across all social media platforms praising the new statue and connecting the bronze girl with…


Added by Lea Moore on March 31, 2017 at 12:48pm — No Comments

Matilda Mesmerizes

Matilda: the Musical, with all its wit and charm, has no problem going toe-to-toe with its book and movie versions, as well as the other successful shows in the Orpheum’s 2016-2017 lineup.


Based off the beloved children’s book by the legendary Roald Dahl, Matilda is about a precocious little girl who doesn’t let unfortunate circumstances stand in…


Added by Eleanor Wilhelmi on March 31, 2017 at 10:31am — No Comments

This Show is a Miracle

Matilda was one of my favorite books growing up, and I had very high expectations coming into the show. If I am honest, I expected to appreciate the show, but be unimpressed. I was so wrong. A show that is TIME magazine’s #1 show of the year should be expected to deliver. Matilda…


Added by Zoe Redfern-Hall on March 31, 2017 at 7:28am — No Comments

Matilda The Miracle

A lot could have gone wrong in the creation of Matilda The Musical. Matilda, directed by Matthew Warchus and playing at the Orpheum theatre from March 28 through April 2, tells the story of a young girl with extraordinary abilities challenging abusive situations at home and at her school. As a stage adaptation of a movie adaptation of a children’s novel, the creative team could have been pulled in any number of artistic directions. What they eventually produced was an intricate…


Added by Elizabeth Donovan on March 31, 2017 at 2:07am — 1 Comment

Matilda: Stunningly Emotional

Never before has a musical made me cry three times in its duration. "Matilda" is a story loved by many for its themes of prevailing good, elements of magic, and ultimately its happy ending. The story was originally a book and has been renditioned into a popular movie, but it unfolded even more emotionally as a musical. The 2017 production of "Matilda" at The Orpheum brought the world of Matilda (Jenna Weir) to life through the appropriate and well thought out set and choreography. These… Continue

Added by Euphrosyne Daoutidou on March 31, 2017 at 1:16am — No Comments

When I Grow Up (I'll Still be Raving About Matilda)

Most of us are familiar with Roald Dahl’s classic novel, Matilda. A staple must-read in the typical elementary school library, Matilda tells the story of a young girl named Matilda (shocker) who has a brilliant mind, and was raised by two self-centered parents who never wanted a daughter to begin with. The book follows Matilda during her quest to bring justice and fairness to a school ruled by an authoritarian principle. Naturally,…


Added by Jada ShaNel Gardner on March 31, 2017 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

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