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White Christmas: Tis the Season

The Christmas spirit is easily shared around the season, and Tuesday night at the Orpheum was no exception. Opening night of Irwing Berlin’s White Christmas was overall fabulous, and few flaws were present. With the elaborate costumes, huge dance numbers, and even fake snow, this production does not disappoint theater-goers looking to get into the spirit of Christmas.

Looking at the impressive technical elements, from…


Added by Laura Wyatt on November 27, 2014 at 8:19pm — 3 Comments

An Empty Box Tied Up with String: Irving Berlin's White Chrsitmas


   Don't be deceived--Some of the characters may look the same, but the musical and the movie have completely different vibes.

     When the song “White Christmas” passes through your mind, you can’t help but dream of sitting in a cozy family-filled room with…


Added by Nathaniel Larson on November 26, 2014 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

"Papa Needs More Laffy Taffy"

By: Ryan Lenard

                As I entered the auditorium of North High School Friday night, to view their production of Grease,  I found myself very unprepared for what I was about to see. By that, I mean I had no idea what Grease was even about except for the fact that it is a very popular movie and many people around me seemed very excited to see it performed live. The story focuses on two teenage lovers; Danny Zuko and Sandy Dumbrowski, and their…


Added by Ryan Lenard on November 10, 2014 at 11:03pm — No Comments

This Classic Story Should Have Stayed Offstage

Dirty Dancing the movie: Iconic, beloved classic, movie. Dirty Dancing onstage: Not quite so impressive.


The stage production of Dirty Dancing, which ends its run at the Orpheum this Sunday, was all nostalgia and no substance. There were dance numbers that got the blood pumping, music that had the heart grinning, but none of that helped to get the story acros. The show’s story was told as a series of short…


Added by Jane Pena on October 16, 2014 at 12:37am — No Comments

The Bore of My Life

I... hated it with all of my miiight.

Yes, the movie made me feel this way before.

Yes I swear, I will never know why people like it,

And I owe it all to wooden aaacting.


Cause I, think that the dancing’s great and all,

But the story’s so…


Added by Emma Dalen on October 15, 2014 at 8:33pm — No Comments

Dirty Dancing At the Orpheum Theatre Is Not Nostalgic Enough

Grace Peterson

Dirty Dancing

Dirty Dancing At the Orpheum Theatre Is Not Nostalgic Enough

            The 80’s cult classic Dirty Dancing is now on stage at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, October 7th – 19th. Like all other 80s dance movies turned musical, it is campy, poorly written, and heaven for middle aged women.

            After the classic “It was the summer of 1963, and cell phones weren’t…


Added by Grace Peterson on October 13, 2014 at 12:33am — No Comments

The Window Breaks and the House Roars

       In a small black box of a room, with only some smaller black boxes and a chair for a set, Southwest High School’s production of The 39 Steps had me encaptured from the get-go. Having no idea what I was stepping into, I was mostly expecting a typical, mediocre student-directed high school play. Suffice it to say, I was shocked at the performance that I witnessed. From facial expressions and body language to long, rambling speeches, almost every aspect of this show was a success.…


Added by Emma Price on October 12, 2014 at 10:57pm — 2 Comments

Good Girl Gone Dance

Warning: This show has extensive display of man-back. Man-back ranges from the mid-torso up to the shoulders, and usually on a man. You will see man-back onstage. You will see it on the playbill. You will see it when you close your eyes at night, trying to sleep. If you cannot handle a little man-back, Dirty Dancing is not the show for you. 

Dirty Dancing is the adaption of the beloved 80’s movie musical, originally starring Jennifer Grey and Patrick…


Added by Maxwell Singer on October 11, 2014 at 7:29pm — 2 Comments

Dissapointing Dancing

I can only assume that had I been among the fortunate who have seen the movie Dirty Dancing, that I would have enjoyed the stage show much more. However, since I am not, the show did not impress me, in fact, it had me forgetting about the story line during intermission.

The stage show of Dirty Dancing is playing at the Orpheum Theater Tuesday, October 7th thru Sunday October 19th. This Broadway tour of the classic film turned stage show is sure to be given mixed reviews. The line…


Added by Emma M-L on October 10, 2014 at 6:12pm — 3 Comments

Translations are Tricky

Dirty Dancing is a great movie. Its purpose is for sleepovers on Saturday nights with a couple of teenage friends who just want to zone out for a couple of hours and watch a cutesy story. And that purpose is served well. However, the musical version is a different story.

Some movies just don't translate effectively onto the stage. Dirty Dancing is one of these. The most major problem with the translation is the cheesy script. Certain lines don't sound natural. They can jar you and…


Added by Alison Grausam on October 10, 2014 at 12:39am — 1 Comment

I had the Time of My Life…Most of the Time

Swift-footed and ready to mambo, Dirty Dancing is a spectacle to behold.  Based on the famous film from 1987, this show brings a beloved classic to the stage of the Orpheum Theatre.  This show depicts the relationship of Johnny Castle and Frances “Baby” Houseman.  They meet at Kellerman’s Mountain House, a resort at which Baby’s family is vacationing.  The unthinkable becomes a reality when Penny, Johnny’s…


Added by Noah Coon on October 9, 2014 at 11:34pm — 2 Comments

Maybe Some Movies Should Just Remain Movies

Once, The Lion King, Sister Act, Bring it On, Shrek…what do these movies have in common? All of them were turned into musicals. Some are fantastic adaptations that appeal to both the general musical theatre crowd and fans of the movie, but some only appeal to one of the two. Speaking as a dedicated musical theatre fan, I have to say that turning Dirty Dancing into a musical was a great idea, but the adaptation didn’t translate very well onto the…


Added by Christopher Cartwright on October 9, 2014 at 11:05pm — 2 Comments

A Play with Songs

When I tell someone that I have never seen the movie Dirty Dancing I am usually responded to with a gasp of disbelief followed by something similar to “What! You've never seen it! Its a classic!” But its true, I have never seen the movie. So, I had no idea what to expect from the performance of “the classic story on stage,” as the playbill calls it. Because of this, I can not base what I thought of the show as it compares to the movie, but only the show itself. The show was…


Added by Matthew Maxam on October 9, 2014 at 10:52pm — 2 Comments

A bullet point essay on what is Not Good

It is not good....

  • When the costume design makes every single person look so similar you can't tell them apart.
  • To be saying "dang it, is that the main character, or is he the main character?"
  • To have two singing roles and have neither be the main characters.
  • To have every other scene be a filler scene that does nothing but explain exactly what's about to happen in the next scene "Auditions for the talent show are right…

Added by Zoë Makila on October 9, 2014 at 9:59pm — 3 Comments

Dirty Dancing: Just a Bit Off the Beat

Some movies cannot translate well to the stage. Dirty Dancing, at the Orpheum Theater until October 19, is one of them. The scenes were overly cheesy, and the transitions were choppy. While the dancing definitely was the focal point of the show, the singing and acting was subpar. When a movie is loved and touted by millions, the bar is set even higher. Unfortunately, this show did disappoint.         

Dirty Dancing is the famous tale of Frances “Baby” Houseman (Jillian…


Added by Taylor Leighton on October 9, 2014 at 9:53pm — 2 Comments

Dirty Dancing- Better Left on Screen

 Dirty Dancing just recently opened at the Orpheum and I am sure you are all remembering giggly movie nights staring at Patrick Swayze and dreaming of dancing with him. I had not seen the movie going in and was excited to be presented with the story for the first time on the stage. I am sad to say that I was quite disappointed. The show was lacking in the acting department and the story only vaguely came across- a girl named Baby learning to dance while she is on vacation and, despite all…


Added by Oriana Freeman on October 9, 2014 at 9:21pm — 2 Comments

No One Puts This Show In the Corner

By: Jack Bonko

Strength in a performance is necessary when it comes to a show that heavily relies on dance. Dirty Dancing shows that off their strength in all aspects of the show. This show is based off of the hit movie with the same title. It’s about the week that a rich family spends at a camp in the summer. The ingenue “Baby” is influenced many of the people that work at the camp to try dancing dirty. This leads love relationships and forgotten ways. This show…


Added by Jack Bonko on October 9, 2014 at 5:13pm — 2 Comments

Dirty Dancing Adaptation Has It's Flaws

     Dirty Dancing started strong; this beloved movie’s famous dancing and songs translated well to the stage, but the acting and dialog wasn’t quite on point. Intimate moments were lost. An interesting add on to the stage version of Dirty Dancing is how they looked at social issues of the time even though the story is set in a seemingly happy place. This show relied heavily not just on the cast’s talent, but also on the show’s set and special effects, which didn’t cause complaints…


Added by Claire Mathews-Lingen on October 9, 2014 at 2:27pm — 3 Comments

Eating Confusion

Eating Confusion

By: Jack Bonko

Uncomfortable applause. Those are two words that sum up act one of Eating Raoul at New Century Theatre. The unknowing audience wasn’t sure what kind of parched humor there was going to be in this musical. This musical was based off of a cult classic film from the 80’s with the same name. This plot involves swingers, money, a foreign man, and a frying pan. At first it sounds like a guilty pleasure but…


Added by Jack Bonko on October 6, 2014 at 8:19pm — No Comments

An Evening With the Backup Band (featuring Boz Scaggs)

George Mulder

An Evening With Boz Scaggs

An Evening With the Backup Band (featuring Boz Scaggs)

There is a reason nobody knew about this concert. Boz Scaggs played a concert at the State Theatre in Minneapolis on September 30. A series of rock ballads and timid singing made for a sleepy date night. If you are a fan, you will love it! As a person who just found out he exists, you will not want to stay. It’s all about appreciating his past. A double encore would not have…


Added by George Mulder on October 2, 2014 at 8:45pm — No Comments


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