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"Oh, What a Night" at Jersey Boys

Jersey Boys chronicles the lives of Four Seasons members, Frankie Valli (Hayden Milanes), Tommy DeVito (Matthew Dailey), Nick Massi (Keith Hines) and Bob Gaudio (Drew Seeley).  The show follows the bands journey from the streets of Jersey to the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame. Each member of the band gets a chance to tell part of their experience. Through Tommy DeVito’s eyes we see the very beginning, how the whole band came together. Bob Gaudio shows us some of the creative…


Added by Anne Boatman on April 30, 2015 at 8:41pm — 2 Comments

Can Take My Eyes Off of You

I have recently taken the ACT for the second time in my high school career, and one of the most common problems on the math section is a way to measure different combinations. You simply multiply the number of things times the number of combinations are you are on your way to as close to the 36 as your sleep-deprived- hormonal mind will take you. I found myself calculating during Jersey Boys the possible amount of…


Added by Mary Katherine Fiala on April 30, 2015 at 4:44pm — 2 Comments

Oh, What a Night

George Mulder

Jersey Boys

Oh, What a Night

Oh, what a night indeed. Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons had their ups and downs, as did Jersey Boys. See this talented cast at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis April 28-May 3. It tells the true, roller-coaster story of the life of four young musicians who become widely known for 50 years. The first thing on stage we see is a simple, rugged, chain link set which sets the Jersey scene. But then a French…


Added by George Mulder on April 30, 2015 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

My Eyes (and Ears) Adored this Show

The Four Seasons is one of the most iconic bands of the 50’s and 60’s, and with so many popular songs out there, one is bound to know at least one of them.  Jersey Boys is a musical that illustrates the rise and fall of these four young men in a different light than many would think.  It follows them from the discovery of Frankie Valli all the way through their acceptance into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. …


Added by Noah Coon on April 29, 2015 at 9:49pm — 2 Comments

Crashin’ into Conrad

                Driving a car is a passage way into adulthood, a mode of independence and a way to feel like you have true power, something that isn’t very common in a teenager’s life. However, a driver’s license is not a guarantee of automotive safety. On my sweet, merrily independent and carefree drive to Holy Angels High School, my rosy-cheeked-all-American-driver mood was dashed when, trying to merge into the left lane, I struck another car. All…


Added by Mary Katherine Fiala on April 12, 2015 at 8:03pm — No Comments

Little Girls with Big Sass!

    Boy can these kiddos preform! Annie, playing at the Orpheum in Minneapolis is exploding with talent. The girls sassed the audience like only nine year olds can, loud and proud. Pig tails flying they owned the stage and no one, not even the adults in the production, could take it from them. The spunkiest of them all was Molly (Lilly Mae Stewart) who tumbled her way across the stage with ease, and impersonated her…


Added by Emma Carlson on April 7, 2015 at 10:14pm — 1 Comment

Red: The Color of Power and Hope

                The dog must have been on drugs. Dangling in the human’s arms as it was carried across the stage, although adorable in an innocent puppy kind of way, it looked like a deer with headlights being beamed into its face. It must have been an alien, for the dog was calm like no other dog I’ve ever seen. The dog, although seemingly dead with its stage appearance, did not reflect the Broadway Touring company’s cast of Annie at the Orpheum last Tuesday. Engaging in its…


Added by Contessa Boorman on April 7, 2015 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

1930s Annie

     The orchestra brought the show to life from the start playing an overture full of well known musical patterns from this beloved classic. A spectacular set, a talented cast (both young and old), great lighting and backdrop work are a few of the things you will enjoy while watching Annie at the Orpheum Theater. Gasps escape audience member’s as the set shifts, to create a new setting for what feels like every scene. The set work coupled with the lighting and very realistic backdrops of…


Added by Claire Mathews-Lingen on April 4, 2015 at 11:18pm — 2 Comments

Go See Annie "Tomorrow"

Annie came running down white and gold staircase looking like the poster, wearing the iconic red and white dress with an afro of curls, and the excitement of young theatre-goers almost matched the nostalgia felt by older patrons. Annie (Issie Swickle) and Daddy Warbucks  (Gilgamesh Taggett) then performed a playful rendition of “I Don’t Need Anything But You”.


Annie is the story of a young orphan who ends up…


Added by Anne Boatman on April 4, 2015 at 6:52pm — 1 Comment

It's a Hard Knock Life When 10-year-olds are More Talented Than You!

When Annie first came out on stage, the first emotion I felt was worry — not anxiety, but worry that Annie at the Orpheum wouldn't live up to my expectations. The reason for this worry now seems trivial: she didn’t have her trademark curls- instead, she donned her signature ginger hair, but in a straight bob instead. Soon, as I watched Annie fill the stage with hope as she escaped the horrible orphanage and found her way into billionaire Mr. Warbucks’ heart, I realized that…


Added by Delia Grimes on April 3, 2015 at 11:16pm — 2 Comments

Annie Is Showing Signs of Aging

Grace Peterson


Annie Is Showing Signs of Aging

          A hesitant trumpet squeezes out the melody of…


Added by Grace Peterson on April 3, 2015 at 1:30am — 2 Comments


As the curtains opens and the music dies down, you are met with the sad group of orphan girls who end up making quite a ruckus during the night’s thunderstorm. And who better to come and save the day but everyones favorite red haired orphan, Annie, who sets everything right. Elaborate with only her red hair, red jacket, and optimistic attitude during the Great Depression, she sticks out among the girls as a leader. And perhaps with this leader atmosphere and self assuredness…


Added by Ruby Regan on April 2, 2015 at 10:43pm — 2 Comments

Leapin' Lizards That Show Was Good

A grey scale of shanty houses and a bowl of stew heating over a garbage can, were shaddowed overhead by an impressive silhouette of the Brooklyn bridge, which seemed to reach out into the audience. A grey scale, overtaken by the optimism that belonged to a familiar little-red headed girl. Smart, sassy, and always dressed with a smile, Annie (played by Issie Swickle) could sing her way into any audience member’s heart. This image of a broken America was one of the fabulous…


Added by Amy Walus on April 2, 2015 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

Oh My Goodness!

Ta-da!  In the elegant arches of the Orpheum’s grand proscenium lies a show that is seemingly too big for the stage.  From the smallest atom of the painted scrims to the furrowed brow of Daddy Warbucks, Annie uses all aspects of theatre in order to keep this ancient show alive and kicking.     

Annie is considered by…


Added by Noah Coon on April 2, 2015 at 2:58pm — 2 Comments

A Musical Classic Comes Back

Naveh Shavit-Lonstein



A Musical Classic Comes Back


What brings together a 90 year old comic strip, smiling children, nine theater awards, fun optimistic music and rags to riches story? Annie! Annie tells the story of an orphan (Annie) in 1930’s New York City and…


Added by Naveh Shavit-Lonstein on April 2, 2015 at 2:52pm — 2 Comments

You won't love Annie tomorrow

The classic story of our favorite little red-headed orphan Annie (Issie Swickle) who goes from the "hard knock life" under the wrath of Miss Hannigan (Lynn Andrews) to living the life of luxury under the eye of the billionaire Oliver Warbucks (Gilgamesh Tagget) is a performance that should leave you walking out the theatre doors with a smile. This is not what happened. It was a disappointment that left me thinking of everything they could of done to improve the show. When I think of a musical I… Continue

Added by Maddie on April 2, 2015 at 1:26pm — 2 Comments

"Something Was Missing"

           “It’s a hard knock life for us.”  If us means the audience, then yes.  Annie is the story of an orphan who wants nothing more than to find a family.  In order to get what she wants, she ditches her friends, her dog, and even Mr. Warbucks for a couple who…


Added by Jolie Olson on April 1, 2015 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

I love Lucy (Re-post)

Naveh Shavit-Lonstein

I Love Lucy, Live on Stage

Who’s the real star of this funny show?

I love everything about the 1950’s. The movies, music, dress, TV shows, everything. I love Lucy was very refreshing to see onstage. Each catchy jingle from the 50’s was played as a musical theater performance through a talented ensemble cast. As we became a part of the show as the studio audience of the taped episodes, I felt like I was really there, watching…


Added by Naveh Shavit-Lonstein on April 1, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Beauty and the Beast

Although it offers an extravagant replication of the timeless Disney film on which it is based, Beauty and the Beast, at the Orpheum Theatre, often came of as a bit unpolished at at times very patronizing. This may be its intent however as a vast majority of those in attendance were small children and their guardians. The timeless tale is that of an attractive but arrogant prince who is cursed with the appearance of a horrible beast until he can learn to change his selfish ways. Along comes a… Continue

Added by Julian Spencer on March 14, 2015 at 12:00am — No Comments

The Show Does it's Job



Added by Lizzie Esposito on March 13, 2015 at 6:01pm — 1 Comment


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