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Calvin Berger

I was lucky enough to see one of the rehearsals of the first half of “Calvin Berger” last January. The music and subject matter instantly won me over instantly. I would have come to see the show even if I hadn’t been required to. The show was written in 2006 by Barry Wyner. In one production, Aaron Tveit, who has played many famous Broadway characters, including Enjolras in the latest film version of Les Miserables, played Matt, the airheaded jock in love with Rosanna, the…


Added by Emma Dalen on February 14, 2015 at 6:14pm — No Comments

Reviewing The Situation: Oliver!

This past weekend, I went to see a "Broadway Re-Imagined" version of Charles Dickens's timeless story, Oliver!, presented by Theater Latte Da and Hennepin Theatre Trust, which is performing at the Pantages Theatre from now through March 1st. The production may not have been the most extravagant, flashy version of Oliver! that's ever been seen, but it kept me fondly entertained for the duration of it's run. The story revolves around orphan boy Oliver Twist (Nate Turcotte) in…


Added by Fiona Hannan on February 10, 2015 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Oliver! With a Punch

     Oliver!, the musical adaptation of the classic Dicken’s story is being given a new twist by Theatre Latte Da and Hennepin Theatre Trust as part of an ongoing partnership. The first preview at Pantages Theatre in Minneapolis was enjoyable at times, terrifying at moments and steampunk all over.

     Oliver! tells the story of a young orphan boy and his struggle to find enough food, friendship and a place to belong. Directed by…


Added by Jolie Olson on February 8, 2015 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Reviewing the Situation

Jenna Fischer



Reviewing the Situation


Oliver! is showing at the Pantages Theater through March 1. Whether you are a Charles Dickens fan or not you are going to like this show. Oliver is a young orphan living in London in the mid-1800’s. He runs away after being sold from a workshop to an undertaker. On the streets he meets the animated Artful Dodger who invites him to live with a man named Fagin and his street boys who pickpocket for a living.…


Added by Jenna Fischer on February 8, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments


Julian Spencer


From what I heard from others before seeing the preview performance of Theater Latté Da's "Broadway re-imagined" production of Oliver! at the Pantages Theatre I expected a upbeat and whimsical musical. While a good bunch of songs are quite cheerful, in reality the show is much more somber than I first thought, dealing with such heavy themes as domestic abuse and the division between the rich and poor. The story and music at many times butt heads, this is… Continue

Added by Julian Spencer on February 8, 2015 at 1:00am — No Comments

"I'd do anything" to see Oliver again

Theater Latté Da's version of Oliver is a must see. The show takes place in London and is about a young, orphaned, workhouse boy named Oliver (Nate Turcotte). At the beginning of the show the workhouse boys (The Minnesota Boys Choir) are waiting to be severed their "glorious" food. After being served and finishing his portion Oliver asks for more which was a big mistake. Mr. Bumble (James Ramlet), who is upset upon Oliver's request, sells Oliver to Mr. And Mrs. Sowerberry (Brian Frutiger and… Continue

Added by Maddie on February 8, 2015 at 12:44am — No Comments

Looking For Eye Candy? Oliver's Your Man

As I stared at the seemingly glowing gold fringe at the bottom of the curtain while eagerly awaiting Oliver! to start, I expected a show. And oh boy, did I get a show! Hennepin Theatre Trust and Theater Latte Da collaborated on Oliver! as part of their “Broadway Reimagined” series, and the show was imaginative say the least. Oliver is truly a classic, based on Charles Dickens’ novel Oliver Twist.…


Added by Delia Grimes on February 7, 2015 at 7:00pm — No Comments


Theater Latte Da's Oliver! is a good show that could have been better. The show lacks emotional journey, it feels as though one event does not naturally lead into the next. For instance, it jumps from lighthearted to dark without the emotional change necessary. While some if this is the script, the production doesn’t help to make the transitions natural. Although the story of the show is flawed the production values of the show are very good.

The set is very well done. It…


Added by Karen Kenison on February 7, 2015 at 6:45pm — No Comments

Oliver, Consider Yourself Re-imagined

Of the numerous musicals about orphans, Oliver! is by far my favorite. Performed by the critically acclaimed theatre company Theater Latté Da at the Pantages Theater, Oliver! truly delivers an entertaining show. Despite some portions of the story which I don’t particularly enjoy, Theater Latté Da’s staging of the classic musical was overall very well done. Oliver! follows the story of Charles Dickens’ 1838 novel “Oliver Twist” about an orphan in Victorian London who…


Added by Matthew Maxam on February 7, 2015 at 6:30pm — No Comments

I'll always be a fan of Oliver, As Long As He Needs Me!

               OLIVER! A fantastic show about an orphan boy, named Oliver, who is constantly on the move. He is sold to a family of coffin makers, joins a gang of pick-pockets, witnesses murder, and gets in various troubles. The story takes place during the industrial revolution of London, England. The show is currently showing at the Pantages Theater in Minneapolis, but this time re-imagined.

                The show opened with a scene taking place in an orphanage and all the boys…


Added by Ryan Lenard on February 7, 2015 at 6:25pm — No Comments

Oliver: A Twist on a Classic

The rendition of Oliver by Theater Latte Da for their “Broadway Reimagined” production is described as steampunk but left me grinding my gears. The fact is that the show was held up by some extraordinary aspects, but as a whole, was missing a few key components of making it an extraordinary show, that quite frankly cannot be overlooked.

First thing to fall through, that made this show very hard as an audience member was their stage combat. The over dramatic pushes, and nose-bleeds,…


Added by Amy Walus on February 7, 2015 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Who Will Buy, a Ticket to Oliver?

Oliver!, a locally produced show, opens this Friday, February 6th and runs until March 1st. You won't want to miss this heartwarming story. This production was performed by Theater Latte Da and showcases the local talent in the Twin Cities. This classic-turned-steampunk'd play will offer something for every audience member.

Based on the Charles Dickens novel, it centers around the ten year old orphan and his challenging life after he is sold out of the workhouse. Found by the Artful…


Added by Hannah Paulsen on February 7, 2015 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Oliver! I’d Do Anything to See More Fagin!


Camryn Schake

Theater Latte Da presents “Oliver!” at the Pantages Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota. If you have never seen the show before, this re-imagined musical will be just as good as the original for you and your family! Combining the industrial age with science fiction, a steampunk theme gives new life to the this Charles Dickens classic. I saw…


Added by Camryn Schake on February 7, 2015 at 2:39pm — No Comments

Consider Yourself Fortunate Not to Attend

Consider Yourself Fortunate Not to Attend

Maxwell Singer


Oliver was the first musical I ever saw. I was five and saw the show at the Ordway in Saint Paul, and according to my mother, I was enamored when I first heard “Food, Glorious Food.” Unfortunately, that didn’t leave me to have any sentimental attraction to Theatre Latté Da’s rendition of…


Added by Maxwell Singer on February 7, 2015 at 2:20pm — No Comments

You've got to buy a ticket... or two!

Who says kids can’t do big things? From now until March 1st, the Pantages Theatre will be littered with tons of talented kids taking the stage by storm in the classic musical adaptation of Oliver! Theater Latté Da and Hennepin Theatre Trust presents this beloved story of a runaway orphan boy who finds himself with some unlikely friends, a gang of young pickpockets. The majority of the cast is young boys, featuring the Minnesota Boychoir as the…


Added by Maya Richardson on February 7, 2015 at 12:07pm — 1 Comment

Consider Yourself Re-Imagined

Martha Broadnax


The more and more I think about Oliver! The more and more I fall in love with it. From first impressions of the show overall, I was not a fan. But as I went on to think about what I had seen afterwards, I found myself falling in love with the magic and upbeat tunes of Oliver!. Oliver! showing at the Pantages Theatre, through Minnesota Theater Latté Da, is a new modern twist on an old classic story of a young orphan boy. Young Oliver Twist(Nate… Continue

Added by Martha Broadnax on February 7, 2015 at 9:54am — No Comments

Oliver! Broadway: Not So Re-Imagined

Right now, as I type this, it is 3:00 a.m. Hours ago I sat down to write this very review and have since spent my time staring blankly, biting my nails and watching several episodes of Gilmore Girls. I did not know where to begin or end and I was just ready to give up when I realized something important. I have nothing to say for a reason. Oliver! presented by Theater Latté Da and Hennepin Theatre Trust was neither terrible nor great. Rather, it was somewhere in between, and the only thing…


Added by Allie Hatch on February 7, 2015 at 5:30am — 2 Comments


Theater Latte Da and Hennepin Avenue Theatre Trust’s production of the well-known musical Oliver! is touted as Broadway Re-Imagined. Re-Imagined is not the word I would use to describe this version of Oliver! The show was not extremely unique or eye-opening. I found myself experiencing a play like any other professional theater show.

The show opened to a beautiful set, beautifully lit and accented by fog. The set and the Lighting are two things that really stood out in this…


Added by Emma M-L on February 7, 2015 at 2:18am — 1 Comment

Please, Sir, May I Have Some More?

Dickens’ classic literature is brilliantly demonstrated through Theater Latte Da’s “Oliver!” at the Pantages Theater. The show preview on Wednesday demonstrated the unique talent of the actors and an unexpected grip on the audience’s emotions. 

The show started out impressively with an adorable choir of small boys, singing the classic “Food, Glorious Food”. The talent started there and never seemed to end. Oliver himself, played by Nate Turcotte, portrayed the innocent yet spunky…


Added by Sonya Yermishkin on February 7, 2015 at 1:07am — 1 Comment

Happy/Sad and Not At All Bad

One month prior to seeing the Broadway Reimagined production of Oliver!, I and other Critical Review writers participated in a dance workshop with Oliver! choreographer Michael Matthew Ferrell.  His energy filled the whole room; the workshop made me want to take up dance again.  As it turned out, so did Oliver!.

For those who are unfamiliar with the play, Broadway’s Oliver! is based on Charles Dickens’ "Oliver Twist", a novel…


Added by Kathleen T. WIllard on February 7, 2015 at 1:01am — 1 Comment


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