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I Believe in the Power of Theatre!!!

The Book of Mormon completely defies the standards of musical theatre and yet still contains all of the show stopping tap numbers, a phenomenal act 1 finales and outstanding orchestrations that every audience member hopes for.

The Book of Mormon, written by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone, tells the story of two young Mormon missionaries who are sent to Uganda for two years to try and convert as many Africans to the church of Jesus Christ. Now this shows has me sitting in the…


Added by Aubrey Salita on May 12, 2016 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

I Believe That You’ll Love The Book of Mormon

When it came time to finally see The Book of Mormon at the Orpheum Theater, I can hardly say I felt unprepared. I had listened to many of the songs from the soundtrack and I knew the general storyline pretty well. However, seeing the show unfold before me was a completely different cup of tea. And I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.

The musical…


Added by Claire Karges on May 12, 2016 at 7:42pm — 1 Comment

The Book of Mormon: Incredibly Funny or Incredibly Offensive?

The national tour of the wildly popular religious satire The Book of Mormon opened at the Orpheum theater this past Tuesday night. The show has been, in general, received very well, winning nine Tonys and even being called “the funniest musical on Broadway” by some. And though it is true that the writing is hilarious and there were many moments that the characters had me cracking up, it is astonishing that there hasn’t been more backlash from the public…


Added by Heidi Wiese on May 12, 2016 at 7:24pm — 1 Comment

Hello my name is...

Ever wondered what it's like to sit on the edge of your seat for the majority of a show out of excitement? Ever laughed and felt so bad for laughing at a hilarious yet terrible joke? Have you ever seen The Book Of Mormon? Yes! Everything was a yes for me, the Book of Mormon written by Trey Parker, Matt Stone, and Bobby Lopez three incredible authors was the strangest yet most creative you may ever see. You will feel hyped, sad, mad, and goofy all in one song.…


Added by Ananda Cordova Stuart on May 12, 2016 at 6:03pm — 1 Comment

'The Book Of Mormon' Will Make It A Latter Day

As Book of Mormon was opening, I’ll admit I was worried. I had high hopes, and the doorbell first number, Hello!, wasn't grabbing me as I had hoped. Instead, it felt campy and forced. That is, until Cody Jamison Strand showed up as Elder Cunningham, a character trying his absolute best but not exactly succeeding. This schtick gets even better when his seemingly flawless counterpart, Elder Price, shows up and reveals his dream Mormon mission…


Added by Delia Grimes on May 12, 2016 at 3:10pm — 2 Comments

Don't Turn Off The Book of Mormon


In today’s society, more and more religions are being understood and accepted by different people. While this is a great thing, there is one religion that I can’t wrap my head around: Mormonism. It seems that I am not alone in my confusion, because creators of The Book of Mormon (the musical) Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, and Matt Stone made the musical specifically to poke fun at the morals of the Mormon…


Added by Laura Wyatt on May 11, 2016 at 8:24pm — 1 Comment

Blashphemy Never Felt So Good

Warning: Faces are susceptible to soreness the morning after a night of nonstop laughter and smiling. This was true for me after I saw The Book of Mormon, playing at the Orpheum until May 29. Written by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, and Matt Stone, The Book of Mormon won nine Tony Awards in 2011, including Best Musical. The show tells the hilarious story of Elders Price and Cunningham as they are sent on their mission to Uganda. Filled…


Added by Larissa Milles on May 11, 2016 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

What's your supershark?!

Night at Olympus was such a modernized show all about high school and gods. Surprising mix I know... but in this show it works. You follow the life of Maggie an awkward teen who isn't confident in her skin, later you see her become someone knew.. Someone viewed as better. The whole show is leading up to the prom. Walking into the theater you see a very plain stage except for the build board looking painting in the very back with a drawing of a farmland and a blue sky full of…


Added by Ananda Cordova Stuart on May 9, 2016 at 9:50pm — 2 Comments

It's the One

This is a proud time for Minnesotans in the performance field. Playwright Jeffrey Hatcher and Composer and lyricist Chan Poling have created a musical to engaging, it should soon be on broadway.

A night in Olympus is the story of Maggie, a senior at Olympus High in Olympus, Indiana. Maggie and her Zombie-obsessed, best friend, Harry, are planning a zombie movie marathon for the night of prom. Meanwhile, Maggie dreams of going to prom with Chad,…


Added by Avery Ronning on May 8, 2016 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments

Olympus Has Risen

One of the greatest experiences a theater-goer can have in their life, is to be one of the first to witness a show. This was an experience I got to live as I saw the opening night production of the Illusion Theater’s A Night in Olympus. I was excited to see the show, but wasn’t expecting much more than some one-liners and a few catchy tunes.  I thought I was going to see just a fun production, but I was given a Titan of a show, leaving me pleasantly…


Added by Larissa Milles on May 8, 2016 at 8:58pm — 2 Comments

Gimme Gimme more of Millie

From auditions in January, to performance in May. The cast and crew of Thoroughly Modern Millie at Jefferson High School have been working tirelessly to make the performances happen. Suzanne Graff Gomes, the director of the show has had quite a job on her hands. With a cast of over 50, Suzanne wrangled this extremely talented cast into a performance to be very proud of.

Thomas Jefferson High School performed Thoroughly Modern Millie, May 4th…


Added by Avery Ronning on May 6, 2016 at 4:31pm — 1 Comment

A spoon full of sugar was all it took


Normally when you go to a high school play, you don't expect it to be broadway quality. Mary Poppins, performed at Kennedy High School in Bloomington, Minnesota came pretty close. I was blown away by the quality of the show. Of course, there were some snags, as there are in every show. Overall, the show was a joy to attend.

John F. Kennedy High School performed Mary Poppins from April 28th to 30th,…


Added by Avery Ronning on April 30, 2016 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

Well...I'm Sold!

How would you like to live in Barbra Streisand's basement? Well, not live in it, but work in it anyway. The show Buyer & Cellar at the New Century Theater tackles this question in a one man show about a young man who is hired to run the shopping mall in Barbra Streisand’s basement. The show follows Alex Moore (Sasha Andreev) through his career at Barbra’s house and it compares his relationship with…


Added by Noah Coon on April 24, 2016 at 11:29pm — 1 Comment

Poor, Poor Costumes

      Presented by Troika Entertainment LLC, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat has taken over the Orpheum stage and will continue its run until April third. The Biblically based story of is set in a frame in which a narrator is telling the story of Joseph. Joseph's brothers are jealous of him for his coat, a symbol of their father's preference for him. It is clear from Joseph's dreams that he is destined to rule over them. To get rid of him and prevent the dreams from…


Added by Ryan Lenard on April 1, 2016 at 7:55pm — 1 Comment

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, created by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, opened on Broadway in 1982. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat…


Added by Devyn Terry on April 1, 2016 at 4:00pm — No Comments

The Narrator and the Boring Dull Chorus

George Mulder

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

The Narrator and the Boring Dull Chorus

            Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat has held a special place in the hearts of many people throughout the last few decades. The 2016 National Tour exhibited that Joseph is a dying musical. It plays at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis until April 3rd. Though an inexperienced theatre-goer may enjoy it (your 7…


Added by George Mulder on April 1, 2016 at 12:01pm — 1 Comment

Go, Go, Go See Joseph

           Watching projected dreams of an actor during the overture I too began to drift into the pale yellow shroud of dreaming. Even as the narrator, Laura Helm, began cueing the show, her sing-song tone compelled me to escape into the picture book-like world of the ever popular Bible story, The Coat of Many Colors, about Joseph who can interpret dreams. Modernized to match the changing times, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat opened its six day…


Added by Anika Besst on March 31, 2016 at 9:53pm — 3 Comments

Any (Other) Dream Will Do

To say the least, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a flamboyant show. It is based on the biblical story of Joseph; driven by jealousy that is fueled by their father’s favoritism, Joseph’s brothers steal his rainbow-colored coat and sell him to Ishmaelites who take him to Egypt. From there, Joseph follows his destiny and finds success within the struggle. The show first premiered in 1968 and lasted only fifteen minutes. since then, Tim Rice…


Added by Nina Afremov on March 31, 2016 at 7:38pm — 1 Comment

Joseph brings color to Minneapolis

By Clare Judge


Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is currently playing at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis. This musical tells the story of a young man named Joseph who has 11 brothers and is the favorite of his father. His brothers are fed up with the special treatment that Joseph is receiving so they decide to get rid of him. They return home thinking they have killed him but little do they know he is still alive and has been sold into…


Added by Clare Judge on March 31, 2016 at 7:17pm — 2 Comments

A Classic Musical Brings Originality to the Stage in Questionable Ways

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a rock opera that narrates the biblical story of Joseph. This biblical tale has become one of the most performed shows in history, making it fairly well known among the general population. Thus, there is a pressure to bring the audience the same show they know and love while bringing it to light in a way that has never been envisioned before. This production…


Added by Noah Coon on March 31, 2016 at 4:17pm — 1 Comment

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