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…Continue
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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…Continue
Added by Fiona Hannan on February 10, 2015 at 11:00pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Jolie Olson on February 8, 2015 at 10:30pm — No Comments
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.…Continue
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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.…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Karen Kenison on February 7, 2015 at 6:45pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Matthew Maxam on February 7, 2015 at 6:30pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Ryan Lenard on February 7, 2015 at 6:25pm — No Comments
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,…Continue
Added by Amy Walus on February 7, 2015 at 6:00pm — No Comments
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Camryn Schake on February 7, 2015 at 2:39pm — No Comments
Consider Yourself Fortunate Not to Attend
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…Continue
Added by Maxwell Singer on February 7, 2015 at 2:20pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Martha Broadnax on February 7, 2015 at 9:54am — No Comments
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…Continue
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…
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…Continue
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…Continue