Oliver! Got Steampunk’d!
Hennepin Theatre Trust and Theater Latté Da collaborate…Continue
When attending live theatre it is my personal hope to be thoroughly engaged; to be drawn into a story, a life; to feel as though what I’m seeing is real. Unfortunately in Theater Latté Da and Hennepin Theatre Trust’s collaborative production of Oliver! that was not exactly the case for their first show. Oliver! is the theatrical adaptation of the novel Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, which follows the occurrences in the life of a young orphan in London. What made this specific…Continue
Oliver! the Musical was nothing like what I had expected. I was expecting something as large as the other shows I’ve seen since I didn’t know this was just a local show. I can’t say I’m completely impressed, but the attempts to bring the show back up from snooze-town was relatively successful.
Musicals take pride in their musical numbers, it’s written in the name, but this…Continue
Oliver Twist, the classic story of an orphan boy who runs away to make a new life in the city where he meets the charming and crafty Dodger, and an even more eccentric thief, Fagin. Followed by many catchy songs that will be stuck in your head. Oliver!, playing at the Pantages theater, is presented by Theater Latte Da and the Hennepin Theater Trust as part of Broadway Re-imagined. It’s preview night this past Wednesday, February 4th,…Continue
A New Twist to OLIVER!
Broadway loves recycling. Be it your famous movie, record label, television show, or book, Broadway will find a way to put it on stage whether you like it or not. Oliver Twist, the classic written by Charles Dickens, has been famously translated to a two-hour musical score as Oliver! The Musical. Oliver sings and dances the story of an orphan boy who grows up in a workhouse, meets the ruffians…Continue
Oliver performed by Theater LatteDa opens on the 6th of February at Pantages Theater in downtown Minneapolis. This show is a re imagined version of the musical Oliver. Theater LatteDa did an amazing job with putting a unique spin on a classic story. Not only did the director’s vision for this show come through beautifully, but the cast full of young actors kept up with the challenging story and brought the beloved tale to life on stage. The lighting design coupled with the set made this…Continue
Oliver! is a collaboration between Theater Latte Da and the Hennepin Theater Trust, it is the latest in the Broadway Re-Imagined series. Oliver! is adapted from the classic Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist. The story follows the life of a young Orphan named Oliver Twist through the streets of London. We first meet Oliver in a workhouse run by Mr. Bumble (James Ramlet). The most famous line from Oliver, is also the starting point for the plot. Oliver’s adventures lead him to…Continue
I might as well have a sign plastered across my face that reads: Big Fan of Theatre Latte Da! I was so excited to see another production at one of Minneapolis’s most successful theaters. Oliver! follows the Dickens tale about a young boy, a gang of pick-pocketers, a disfunctional couple and the troubles they encounter in Victorian England.
Flipping through my program, it was interesting to see the harmony between seasoned…Continue
As the curtain begins to rise you get a mood for the rest of the show. First impressions are important. You’ve been told that by many people that they’re important, correct? The begging of a play sets a momentum an audience member can love or hate. Sadly, this bullet point was missing in the cast of Oliver from Theater Latte Da’s performance at the Pantages Theatre in Minneapolis. Oliver is a classic tale by Charles Dickens that explains the story of an orphan boy. His life…Continue
Consider Yourself, Not That Great
I am one of thousands of people that love Theater Latté Da and the work they do. Last year’s production of Cabaret was a hit with an amazing cast and an award winning show that brought the theater two Ivey awards. Oliver…Continue
Set in early ninteenth century England, Oliver! tells the story of a young boy, abandoned, living his childhood out in an orphanage and managing to find his way into a crowd of crooks. Presenting this February at the Pantages theater in Minneapolis- Oliver! was a show looked forward to by many- though the final reaction was not quite as great as I may have imagined.
The actors in general lacked an overall energy, especially for this being their first time with an audience. The…Continue
The past work of Peter Rothestein gave me high expectations for the production of Oliver! at Pantages Theater. I came into the theatre with full confidence in the cast and crew. I thought I would at least be in for a night of storytelling and beautiful music. Unfortunately, this was not the case.
Oliver is showing at the Pantages Theatre from now until March 1st. Oliver!, set in 1830s England, revolves around a boy named Oliver Twist. Oliver begins…Continue
This was my first time seeing Oliver! all that I had heard about it was grumbles about how “it’s long” and “there are a lot of annoying kids” and “any show that has an exclamation point at the end of the title is setting its self up for failure.” In a way it was up to me to form my own opinion, knowing few songs and minimal plot points. From the get go I could see that it was going to be a long night in the theatre.…Continue
A classic story, strong voices, plot-enhancing choreography, adorable children, stunning set, and beautiful costumes are all to be found at Theater Latté Da’s production of Oliver!, so what could possibly be missing? The unfortunate answer: the presentation by and depth of most of the actors. This production seemed to focus too much on its own “twists” on the classic show, which distracted from the story itself and lost much of the powerful and moving story. In addition to the dull…Continue
The preview of Oliver! At the Pantages theater on wednesday took audience some what by surprise- in a good way. The show revolves around Oliver Twist (Nate Turcotte), the main character of the story. He is a lonely orphan boy born in the workhouse who asks for more gruel. Fagin (Bradley Greenwald), a conniving…Continue
The first showing of "Oliver!" a the Pantages Theater on Wednesday, February 4th was definitely a success. The show was presented by Theater Latte Da and Hennepin Theater Trust and featured a cast filled with outstanding adults and young members of The Minnesota Boychoir. This show was part of the "Broadway Re-imagined" series, therefore adding a steampunk twist to the classic show. "Oliver!" follows a young orphan named Oliver Twist who runs into trouble bouncing from home to home and along…Continue
Orphans and musical theater are the ultimate duo. From Annie to Newsies, there is no doubt that the classic story of an orphan rising to the occasion has brought audiences to tears wondering, “Where is love?” Theater Latté Da’s invigorating performance of Oliver! takes the stage with its fresh new steam-punk twist to the classic tale of a lonely boy who gets caught up in a crowd picking-a-pocket or two.
From the moment the curtain goes up, the…Continue
Theatre Latte Da’s adaptation of…Continue
“Oliver!” is considered by many to be a classic musical, but Theater Latté Da’s production of “Oliver!” has a few “Twists” to it. Peter Rothstein (Director), Michael Mathew Ferrell (Choreographer), and Denise Prosek (Music Director) have managed to create a steam punk version of “Oliver!” that will totally stun you.
Immediately walking out of OLIVER! by Theatre Latte Da, I could have made a mile-long list of things that were wrong with the production, but in the following days, I felt Punk’d, like Theatre Latte Da had managed to play a trick on me. I found myself humming “Consider Yourself” and “Pick a Pocket or Two.” I longed for Oliver’s world of steampunk gears and goggles. So there’s good news and bad news for OLIVER!.
Bad news first. The…Continue