Alexander Dinelaris’ production of The Bodyguard began in London, and is based on the Warner Bros. screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan (1992). The story follows Rachel Marron (Deborah Cox) on her journey as a superstar. When Marron’s management team finds a fan letter that threatens her life, former Secret Service agent Frank Farmer (Judson Mills) is brought in to protect Marron and her son. An unexpected love story unfolds as the two realize that to be…Continue
There are multiple words to describe this show but one word is, wow. Bodyguard the Musical is a fantastic show based off of the 1992 movie starring Whitney Houston. This romantic thriller involves the pop singer, Rachel Marron struggling with the peak of her career as she has a stalker out on the mission to kill her. Since Rachel is a huge pop star at the time, she hires a bodyguard to protect her whom, she falls in love with.
Going into the performance, to be honest, I wasn't…Continue
When I entered the Orpheum Theater for the opening night performance of The Bodyguard, I was expecting nothing more than a corny musical filled with Whitney Houston songs and 80’s rom-com clichés. However, although some parts of the plot definitely delivered on the expected cheesiness, I was pleasantly surprised by the show’s elaborate dance numbers and overall fun and fast-paced energy. It wasn’t a perfect show, but it had a lot of strong redeeming…Continue
If you’re really wishing you could’ve seen a Whitney Houston concert, the next best thing you can get now is seeing The Bodyguard. It’s a dramatic love story, where all-business bodyguard, Frank Farmer (Judson Mills) is assigned to protect bossy popstar Rachel Marron from a stalker, who threatens to kill her at the height of her career. They predictably fall in love, but Rachel’s career and Frank’s job interfere with their relationship.
More often than not, musicals and plays are based off of a popular book, television show, or movie. These types of shows bank on having a pre-existing audience, but many, however, often come across lazily done and are in need of a lot of refinement. The Bodyguard, directed by Thea Sharrock and based on the 1992 film of the same name starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner, is…Continue
On numerous occasions in the last year shows have left me in awe by the time the curtain closed for the final time at the end of the night. I have been in tears, I have been smiling ear to ear, I have been clapping so hard my hands hurt, but I have never felt what I did at the end of The Bodyguard. I felt bored. It grieves me to put such a descriptor on a show, but there was no way around it. The show, try as it might to be a fresh…
On January 10th, Minnesotans got to get out of the bleak weather and see a colorful romantic thriller The Bodyguard at the Orpheum brought by company Michael Harrison, David Ian, and Nederlander Presentations, Inc.. While lacking in substantial plot and story this musical was well executed. The concert was driven mainly by music the plot only means to an end. The Bodyguard is about a singer Rachel Marron (Debra Cox) who is being stalked and gets a bodyguard. In other words it is a musical…Continue
Irving Berlin’s White Christmas
I Might Be Dreaming Of a White Christmas
On December Twenty Ninth I saw the musical White Christmas performed at the Ordway Theatre. Not knowing the show prior to seeing it, I had no expectations walking in through the theatre doors. Overall, the show was mediocre with a talented cast.
The show had a slow moving and predictable plot and the characters were one dimensional. The music was not…Continue
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Fun Home, running December 13 through the 18 at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, was as much sweet, upbeat, and inspirational as it was heavy, touching, and saddening. Alison Bechdel’s story is too important not to be interpreted correctly, and with few exceptions, director Sam Gold did an excellent job of bring Alison’s story to the stage and inspiring the audience.
Throughout the story, Alison Bechdel, excellently portrayed by Kate Shindle,…Continue
Though Fun Home, a musical performed at the Orpheum theatre December 13th through the 18th, was a musical about some hard hitting topics it maintained a delightful mix of lightheartedness and meaning full qualities throughout the musical. I honestly did not have many judgments throughout the show because halfway through I just sat back and enjoyed it. It is a musical that anyone can take a lesson from, but is especially meaningful for people in the lbgtq community. I think Fun Home was…Continue
Amongst all the parties and gift-giving, it becomes shockingly easy to forget what Christmas is truly about -- being loving, kind, and charitable toward our fellow man. Seeing a show like A Christmas Carol at the Guthrie Theater is a good way to remind us what is so special about this holiday. The well-known tale tells the story of a greedy old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge, who is visited by the ghosts of Christmases past, present, and future in order to…Continue
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Hamilton, with music, lyrics, and book by Lin-Manuel Miranda, is deserving of all the hype and then some. Bursting upon the Broadway scene August 2015, Hamilton was nominated for an astounding 16 Tony awards, winning 11, and is now playing at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York and the Private Bank Theatre in Chicago where I had the pleasure of attending a performance on Saturday, December 10th. It is the story of founding father Alexander Hamilton, told through modern music styles,…Continue
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True Art in Fun Home
Life is one big puzzle. In Fun Home, Alison is trying to fit the pieces together, just like all of us. Adapted from the graphic novel written by Alison Bechdel, Fun Home is playing at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis through December 18. Based off a true story, it follows the life of Alison at three different ages. The “Small Alison” is around 10 years old, and struggles to find a…Continue
Fun Home was the winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical in 2015, with its compelling story, unique score, and outstanding performances. The show is centered around Alison in her forties, writing a graphic novel about her childhood, when she is discovering that she is gay, all leading up to when her father steps out in front of an oncoming truck. As the adult Alison watches her childhood play out, she…Continue
Most musicals can be classified into three sections: The shows you don’t want to see, the show’s you’ve seen once but wouldn’t want to see again, and the shows you’ve seen and would happily go back and see it again and again. Fun Home definitely is a show that falls into the third category. The acting, set, and story are all spectacular and make up this wonderful and amazing show. The show was adapted by Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori in 2006 from a…Continue
Edina High School Thespians put together a truly fun staging of "25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee" on Friday November 4, 2016. It is always a pleasure when, because you know your audience, both actors and spectators are quick to read each others shorthand and interactively enjoy the performance. The story of quirky young people involved in a spelling bee competition, facing adversity in their social and private…Continue
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Usually I am someone who waits until the audience in front of me has gotten up to stand, laziness taking over my politeness. At the end of Fun Home I burst out of my seat for a standing ovation. My friend sitting next to me murmured “that was so good” and as I was stooping to grab my jacket to enter the slow traffic of leaving the theater I heard excited conversation all around me reiterating my friends statemeant. I would fully reccomend to see this…Continue