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This Is a Show You Could Only Sit Through Once

          Having won eight Tony awards and a Grammy for “Best Musical Theatre Album”, anybody would be excited to witness such a critically acclaimed show. Unfortunately, Once did not sit well with me. On April 1st at the Orpheum theatre in Minneapolis I saw the story of a young Irish musician who was beginning to give up on his dreams, but suddenly has a spark of passion when he meets a Czech women who encourages him to continue on his pursuit of music.

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Added by Jana Abdulkadir on April 4, 2014 at 2:41am — No Comments

Once

Once is the story of a young musician who lives in Dublin. He is trying to decide whether to further his career as a musician or give up on it entirely. Along the way he runs into a young Czech woman who greatly influences him and his career as a musician.  Interestingly neither of these two main characters are given names and are referred to as simply ‘Guy’ and ‘Girl’. Overall, Once is defiantly worth seeing, it has good songs, an interesting enough story and is very different…

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Added by Karen Kenison on April 4, 2014 at 1:38am — No Comments

"Falling Slowly" Asleep at Once

Once Review

Grace Peterson

Once Review To The Tune Of “Falling Slowly”…

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Added by Grace Peterson on April 3, 2014 at 10:51pm — No Comments

Once is Enough

Since Once, showing at the Orpheum Theatre, is a Tony award winning musical, I expected it to be enjoyable and a very good show. However, I experienced something quite different. Once follows the story of a guy named Guy from Ireland, who meets a Czech girl named Girl in a music shop. From there all I picked up is that they fall in love and make music together. The idea of having the actors play the instruments that are involved in the show is an interesting concept, but…

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Added by Matthew Maxam on April 3, 2014 at 10:50pm — No Comments

You're Going to Want to Go Twice

George Mulder

Once

You're Going to Want to Go Twice

Once is much more than a musical where everybody plays instruments. It showcases the actors' ability to captivate an audience with their acting, singing, and dancing. The national tour of Once is being performed at the Orpheum in Minneapolis from April 1 to April 6. The story is both witty and sentimental. A guy (who was never given a name) starts to give up on his songs because he has nobody to sing them about. And then she… Continue

Added by George Mulder on April 3, 2014 at 8:02pm — No Comments

Once captivates the Orpheum

This isn’t your shimmery lighting, jazzy dancing, flashy singing type of musicals. All preconceived notions of what a typical musical looks like should be defenestrated. In its place stands Once directed by John Tiffany. Playing at the Orpheum through April 6, the show’s raw emotions and captivating instrumentation will have the audience wanting to see it twice.

The show takes place in Dublin, Ireland, where a struggling musician broods over his music and a past love. Passing…

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Added by Taylor Leighton on April 3, 2014 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Fall in Love ONCE again at the Orpheum

Fall in Love ONCE again at the Orpheum

 

Walking into the extravagant Orpheum Theater, the lights are still on, but the show has already started. Audience members are invited onstage to sway and nod their head to the cast jamming out to bright and charming folk music. Then, the final few are ushered in and Stuart Ward takes center stage. The lights slowly dim and with a seamless transition, Once is ready to begin. Once is witty, heart-felt, and an honest…

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Added by Abby Thompson on April 3, 2014 at 6:43pm — No Comments

Don't even waste your time.

Here’s a summary for Once: whiny ballads by people you can’t understand, with some awkward modern dance thrown in.



If you care to read on, here’s some more information that will hopefully persuade you to stay away from this overhyped musical with virtually no redeeming qualities making it worth the few uncomfortable hours.



Once is a tony…

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Added by Zoë Makila on April 3, 2014 at 2:48pm — No Comments

Something This Beautiful Comes Only ONCE in a Very Long While

If you love anything about musicals other than their Broadway-ish feel, then "Once" is for you. "Once" is not so much a musical as a play about people who live in a haze of folk music and original compositions, in whom absentminded tunes and pensive lyrics are constantly bubbling up. The characters live in music and music lives in them, and this inextricable relationship lends the entire production a genuine air rarely found in an art form dedicated to thoroughly improbable burst of… Continue

Added by Linnea Thompson Peterson on April 3, 2014 at 12:09pm — No Comments

Everyone's On Stage At ONCE

Olivia Skjervold

 

Once

 

Everyone’s On Stage at ONCE

 

             Music can be as simple as clapping a rhythm with your hands or as complex as a one hundred person orchestra and vocal choir. Once at the Orpheum Theatre runs until April 6, and uses the universal language of music to reexamine the simplicity of art and life though the…

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Added by Olivia Skjervold on April 2, 2014 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Doyle and Debbie Sing Their Hearts Out For the Love of Laughter

         Doyle and Debbie have drawn attention to themselves.  After singing with a western twang and cracking a few jokes, the two country singers had the New Century Theater roaring with laughter!  Get your tickets now by calling 612-455-9501 or go to http://www.hennepintheatretrust.org/events. …

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Added by Noah Coon on March 22, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

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Imagine this: you’re in New York, at a small, broadway theater, ready and excited to see a show, and you’re in the back row but you can still see so well. This was my first experience with Peter and the Starcatcher. My most recent experience, at the Orpheum theater in Minneapolis, was quite different.



Adaptations from books, movies,…

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Added by Zoë Makila on March 20, 2014 at 12:17am — No Comments

I'm the Leader

Peter and the Starcatcher is a machine. Every movement demonstrates just how much work has gone into this show. This dark prequel to the classic tale will satisfy any Peter Pan lover. Follow the leader down to the Orpheum for this trip to Neverland.



This prequel to Peter Pan revolves around the crews of two ships, both traveling to Rundoon, and both carrying a mysterious cargo for Queen Victoria (God Save Her).

Peter and the Starcatcher is a well oiled machine. Every movement is… Continue

Added by Gracey Hellstrom on March 17, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

You Ought to Give Music Man a Try!

Ten Thousand Things Theater Company’s production of The Music Man is unlike any other version of the show. With an incredibly talented eight-person cast, one musician, no lighting, and hardly any set, the show is fast-paced, funny, and heart-warming. In case you are unfamiliar with the plot, it follows the story of Professor Harold Hill, a con artist who convinces the town of River City, Iowa, that he can lead a boys’ marching band. However his plan runs into trouble when he falls in love…

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Added by Emma Price on March 16, 2014 at 6:41pm — No Comments

Leader Forever in Neverland?

        Leaders are a big deal. Our principals, superintendents, and CEOs represent the coveted leadership all of us want to have. Hardly anyone forgets the name of our current President: George W. —Obama, that is.  In Peter and the Starcatcher, a prequel to the classic story of Peter Pan now showing at the Orpheum Theater, being leader is everything. Molly Aster, a bright, curious, and almost-friendless girl and a nameless boy (who may—maybe—become Peter Pan) tease, argue and compete over…

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Added by Nathaniel Larson on March 15, 2014 at 11:00pm — No Comments

"Peter and the Star Catcher" Shoots the Moon

   "Peter and the Star Catcher" is a prequel to the well-known story of the boy who never grew up, Peter Pan. The play (at the Orpheum in Minneapolis March 11-16) is based on the books by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. The fantastical tale shows how the Lost Boys of Neverland found their way to their pirate-infested island home, and the root of the intense rivalry between Peter and his nemesis, Captain Hook. It's got battles, it's got romance, it's got bad puns and awkward sexual innuendos,…

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Added by Piper Shatz-Akin on March 15, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Have Faith In Peter And The Starcatcher



On Tuesday March 11th, “Peter and The Starcatcher” hooked it’s audience in the Minneapolis Orpheum theatre. Let the prequel to Peter Pan sweep you away to an island of pirates, lost boys, mermaids, and never growing up. At “Peter and the Starcatcher”, anything can happen. In the first act, don’t be surprised if the play reminds you more of a well-rehearsed bedtime story than a touring broadway show.  The play adapted from a children’s…

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Added by Maggie Fisher on March 15, 2014 at 2:41pm — No Comments

Peenie and the Starries

Peter and the Starcatcher is the story before Peter Pan, I rather enjoyed the parallels that the show made between the peter pan story. There were many positive elements of Peter and the star catcher. They all fit together to make a rather original show.

My favorite part of the show was that it was so cohesive, all of the elements of the show all fit together to make an entertaining show. The set itself was simplistic but It has been my favorite set I have seen so far this season. The…

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Added by Emily Daniel on March 15, 2014 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Dead-Pan and the Cross-Dressing Mermaids

Danielle Wong

Peter and the Starcatcher

Dead-Pan and the Cross-Dressing Mermaids

         The heavy screen depicting a mermaid rolls up and ironically reveals a mass of glimmering tails and... hairy chests? This kind of ironic, silly humor was exactly what could be found in Hennepin Theatre Trust's production of Peter and the Starcatcher, which runs now until March 16th at the Orpheum. Peter was…

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Added by Danielle Wong on March 14, 2014 at 9:12pm — 2 Comments

Black Stache Catches the Audience

Black Stache Catches the Audience

By: Jack Bonko

Peter and the Star Catcher

Peter and the Star Catcher at the Orpheum, is as smooth as butter in the hot summer. From the spectacular script to the creative staging, Peter and the Star Catcher was perfect. Peter and the Star Catcher is the prequel to the popular book and show, Peter Pan. It explains certain unanswered questions including, how did Peter get his…

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Added by Jack Bonko on March 14, 2014 at 9:04pm — 1 Comment

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