Oh, What a Night
Oh, what a night indeed. Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons had their ups and downs, as did Jersey Boys. See this talented cast at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis April 28-May 3. It tells the true, roller-coaster story of the life of four young musicians who become widely known for 50 years. The first thing on stage we see is a simple, rugged, chain link set which sets the Jersey scene. But then a French…Continue
Jersey Boys Review
Jersey Boys is a musical biography of the musical group Four Seasons—the rise, the rough times, the personal clashes, and the eventual success of a group of friends whose music became symbolic of a place in time. For the older generations, people with lots of nostalgia for that time and big fans of the group, I’m sure the show was…Continue
In complete honesty, I had no idea who or what the Jersey Boys were as I took my seat in the Orpheum theater. I, in my teenage ignorance, had never heard of the Four Seasons or Frankie Valli, giving me no ideas as what to expect. However, from the first moment the show began I realized I was in for a fabulous night of incredible singing and fascinating stories. Jersey Boys, playing at the Orpheum through May 3rd, is a show sure to knock your socks off.
One thing that…Continue
If you go see Jersey Boys, which started its run at the Orpheum theatre to a near sold out crowd on Tuesday night, here’s what might happen:
You’ll see a set that, when you first take your seat, seems unimpressive, showing a framework of metal, a catwalk, and a blank backdrop. But when the show starts you’ll see that while it might be minimal, it’s not at all lacking. The screen shows pop art true to…Continue
The Four Seasons is one of the most iconic bands of the 50’s and 60’s, and with so many popular songs out there, one is bound to know at least one of them. Jersey Boys is a musical that illustrates the rise and fall of these four young men in a different light than many would think. It follows them from the discovery of Frankie Valli all the way through their acceptance into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. …Continue
Girls Only: The Secret Comedy Of Women is more about the atmosphere and camaraderie it creates than any sort of story that may be taking place on stage.
In Hennepin Theatre Trust’s production of the show, Melanie Werhrmacher and Jen Scott play the two girls. Using their real names in the show, they banter back and forth giving vaguely pre-composed anecdotes about “their own lives” and about society in general.
But first, let’s back up to the pre-show.
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Driving a car is a passage way into adulthood, a mode of independence and a way to feel like you have true power, something that isn’t very common in a teenager’s life. However, a driver’s license is not a guarantee of automotive safety. On my sweet, merrily independent and carefree drive to Holy Angels High School, my rosy-cheeked-all-American-driver mood was dashed when, trying to merge into the left lane, I struck another car. All…Continue
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Boy can these kiddos preform! Annie, playing at the Orpheum in Minneapolis is exploding with talent. The girls sassed the audience like only nine year olds can, loud and proud. Pig tails flying they owned the stage and no one, not even the adults in the production, could take it from them. The spunkiest of them all was Molly (Lilly Mae Stewart) who tumbled her way across the stage with ease, and impersonated her…Continue
The dog must have been on drugs. Dangling in the human’s arms as it was carried across the stage, although adorable in an innocent puppy kind of way, it looked like a deer with headlights being beamed into its face. It must have been an alien, for the dog was calm like no other dog I’ve ever seen. The dog, although seemingly dead with its stage appearance, did not reflect the Broadway Touring company’s cast of Annie at the Orpheum last Tuesday. Engaging in its…Continue
On March 4th Boeing Boeing closed at the Minneapolis Theatre Garage put on by the Torch Theatre was unbelievable! Boeing Boeing was written by the French playwright Marc Camoletti and adapted into english by Beverley Cross. It was recently playing from March 13th until April 4th at the Minneapolis Theatre Garage. Boeing Boeing is a well written comedy farce that tells the story of a French named Bernard, who…Continue
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The orchestra brought the show to life from the start playing an overture full of well known musical patterns from this beloved classic. A spectacular set, a talented cast (both young and old), great lighting and backdrop work are a few of the things you will enjoy while watching Annie at the Orpheum Theater. Gasps escape audience member’s as the set shifts, to create a new setting for what feels like every scene. The set work coupled with the lighting and very realistic backdrops of…Continue
Annie came running down white and gold staircase looking like the poster, wearing the iconic red and white dress with an afro of curls, and the excitement of young theatre-goers almost matched the nostalgia felt by older patrons. Annie (Issie Swickle) and Daddy Warbucks (Gilgamesh Taggett) then performed a playful rendition of “I Don’t Need Anything But You”.
Annie is the story of a young orphan who ends up…Continue
While I would love to say that Annie at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis began with a bang, it would be a blatant lie. Not a bang, but a very drawn-out overture that neither excited nor amazed. The trumpets blared on through a medley of catchy tunes, though it does say something that my friend next to me said, “I can’t tell if I know this song or not.” My guess is that he did know it, but that it was muddled in the never-ending overture. What a way to start out…Continue
When Annie first came out on stage, the first emotion I felt was worry — not anxiety, but worry that Annie at the Orpheum wouldn't live up to my expectations. The reason for this worry now seems trivial: she didn’t have her trademark curls- instead, she donned her signature ginger hair, but in a straight bob instead. Soon, as I watched Annie fill the stage with hope as she escaped the horrible orphanage and found her way into billionaire Mr. Warbucks’ heart, I realized that…Continue
Here we are in Miss Hannigan’s Municipal Girls’ Orphanage in New York City. Seven girls are in various states of disarray in and around three metal bunk beds. Shadows crisscross the walls underneath cracked and dirty windows. Wooden doors appear crooked, hanging off to one side or the other. Anything cheerful about this place has been purposefully wiped out long ago, except for the spirit of the girls--who are caught awake by Miss Hannigan and told to “Clean this dump…Continue
Having been a life long fan of the production, Annie, showing at the Orpheum until April 5th, definitely did not disappoint. I was 6 years old the first time I saw the show and the excitement and giddiness I felt before it is extremely hard to match. However, the same feelings, paired with some nostalgia, came back to me as I left the theater on Tuesday. Annie is a classic, full of great actors with magnificent voices. The show follows a rambunctious and optimistic orphan…Continue
Annie Is Showing Signs of Aging
A hesitant trumpet squeezes out the melody of…Continue
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt sat with his Cabinet despairing over the state of the United States. The Seal of the President of the United States loomed over the Cabinet, a constant reminder of their duty to their country. Millions of citizens were unemployed. Factories were shutting down left and right. Annie the loveable orphan, who was sitting in on the meeting could take it no more. She stood up and changed the mood with one of most well-known songs in Broadway history. The sun…Continue
As the curtains opens and the music dies down, you are met with the sad group of orphan girls who end up making quite a ruckus during the night’s thunderstorm. And who better to come and save the day but everyones favorite red haired orphan, Annie, who sets everything right. Elaborate with only her red hair, red jacket, and optimistic attitude during the Great Depression, she sticks out among the girls as a leader. And perhaps with this leader atmosphere and self assuredness…Continue