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Extraordinary Show

Trying to refrain from the cliche, “simply magical” is hard to do when describing Pippin at the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This show forces you to be on the front of your seat (another cliche) the whole time when listening to the insanely talented cast tell you the story of Pippin. This show takes place during the crusades and links characters influence a prince named Pippin into living an extraordinary life. At first you wonder if it’s just going to be a history lesson…


Added by Jack Bonko on February 19, 2015 at 7:48pm — 1 Comment

Pippin Finds his Corner of the Sky

     Pippin is an astonishing, magical, gravity-defying, big top musical.  With acrobatics, dancing, and even a dog- this show is for everyone. 



Added by Jolie Olson on February 19, 2015 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Pippin Brings Magic Shows and Miracles to the Orpheum

Grace Peterson


Pippin Brings Magic Shows and Miracles to the Orpheum

            As the lights go down on the…


Added by Grace Peterson on February 19, 2015 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

Glory to Pippin!

                Bursting with color and joy, the cast of the national tour of Pippin took the stage at the Orpheum Theatre this past Tuesday.  The story follows a young man in his journey through life to find meaning; running into some bumps and bruises along the way to self-discovery. With returning members from the original and Broadway revival of the show, the sheer amount of talent in the cast is inconceivable. From the moment the curtain drops at the beginning of the show,…


Added by Contessa Boorman on February 19, 2015 at 3:45pm — 3 Comments

Pippin? I'm in Too!

Naveh Shavit-Lonstein


Pippin? I’m in Too!

How did they do that?

From Broadway originals to gravity defying acrobat tricks, to an award winning score, Pippin showed off so many different talents. No wonder they got the 2013 Tony award for best…


Added by Naveh Shavit-Lonstein on February 18, 2015 at 11:16pm — 3 Comments

The Magic of Pippin

For a show with such a short name, Pippin, running through February 22nd at the Orpheum, is astonishingly packed with a mishmash of acrobatics, magic and glorious music. The powerful journey of a young man searching for his life’s meaning is exhibited beautifully through stunning choreography and outstanding vocals, incredible acrobatics and the power to draw an audience in and hold them close, sharing the mystique and glory of Pippin.

The show opened brilliantly, with…


Added by Sonya Yermishkin on February 18, 2015 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

Magic to See at Pippin

       Since the 1970’s, Pippin has wowed audiences across the nation as they share Pippin’s longing for a greater purpose in his life and the theme of living in the moment while enjoying what you have. Currently, Pippin is on stage at the Orpheum theater until February 22nd. This Broadway Across America production is phenomenal. Opening night on the 17th was wonderful, from the acrobatics to the orchestra to the singing. There were…


Added by Laura Wyatt on February 18, 2015 at 9:19pm — 2 Comments

It's Not Extra Ordinary, But It's Pretty Magical: Pippin

Pippin’s National tour's curtain opened in Minnesota for the first time, at the Orpheum this Tuesday. With acrobatics, magic, mayhem, mystery, and of course, love, this show had very large shoes to fill for it's audience that were expecting a show that they would not soon forget, and despite some flaws, meets those expectations for those looking for a colorful night out.

The show had a beautifully modern feel to it, from the set to the staging,…


Added by Amy Walus on February 18, 2015 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

Spread a Little Spectacle


I wasn’t sure what to expect going into Pippin. The title sparked fever-dream-like images of Patina Miller’s upper arms and pale clowns laughing at me when I show up to school naked. Or maybe just the first one. The first thing I had heard about Pippin was that it was “very controversial at the time.” What was controversial on October 23, 1972? If your bellbottoms weren’t flared…


Added by Mary Katherine Fiala on February 18, 2015 at 8:28pm — 2 Comments

Now Introducing: The Slugbug Pippin



Added by Nathaniel Larson on February 18, 2015 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

Pippin Soars to New Heights at the Orpheum

            Not many shows combine the coming-of-age story of a member of the ruling family in the Holy Roman Empire and a visit to a lascivious grandma who is simultaneously a life coach and trapeze artist. However, Pippin, at the Orpheum through February 22, is one of them. The show is jam-packed with fun, from outstanding trapeze and acrobatic work to witty sexual innuendoes, all of which will leave the audience amazed.

            The Broadway revival of this famed work…


Added by Taylor Leighton on February 18, 2015 at 3:05pm — 2 Comments

Calvin Berger

Four actors, one high school hallway, and a lot of insecurities comprised Minneapolis Musical Theatre’s production of “Calvin Berger.” This musical tells the story of a high school senior named Calvin (Gregory Adam) who is in love with a popular girl at school named Rosanna (Emily Madigan), but feels insecure and embarrassed about his appearance, and in particular the size of his nose. Rosanna treats Calvin like a friend, and meanwhile is attracted to the new kid Matt (Logan Greene), who…


Added by Emma Price on February 15, 2015 at 7:41pm — No Comments

A Good Night for Minneapolis Theater

Calvin Berger closed today on the New Century Stage. This one of the latest Minneapolis Musical Theatre and Hennepin Theatre Trust collaborations and it was very well done. The script was funny, the music was catchy, and the actors were very talented. Calvin Berger is a story that surrounds four high school students as they struggle through their insecurities. Calvin, “the nerd”, is insecure about his long nose and is in love with the popular girl Rosanna. Rosanna likes the new…


Added by Anna Young on February 15, 2015 at 5:06pm — No Comments

Calvin Berger

I was lucky enough to see one of the rehearsals of the first half of “Calvin Berger” last January. The music and subject matter instantly won me over instantly. I would have come to see the show even if I hadn’t been required to. The show was written in 2006 by Barry Wyner. In one production, Aaron Tveit, who has played many famous Broadway characters, including Enjolras in the latest film version of Les Miserables, played Matt, the airheaded jock in love with Rosanna, the…


Added by Emma Dalen on February 14, 2015 at 6:14pm — No Comments

Reviewing The Situation: Oliver!

This past weekend, I went to see a "Broadway Re-Imagined" version of Charles Dickens's timeless story, Oliver!, presented by Theater Latte Da and Hennepin Theatre Trust, which is performing at the Pantages Theatre from now through March 1st. The production may not have been the most extravagant, flashy version of Oliver! that's ever been seen, but it kept me fondly entertained for the duration of it's run. The story revolves around orphan boy Oliver Twist (Nate Turcotte) in…


Added by Fiona Hannan on February 10, 2015 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Oliver! With a Punch

     Oliver!, the musical adaptation of the classic Dicken’s story is being given a new twist by Theatre Latte Da and Hennepin Theatre Trust as part of an ongoing partnership. The first preview at Pantages Theatre in Minneapolis was enjoyable at times, terrifying at moments and steampunk all over.

     Oliver! tells the story of a young orphan boy and his struggle to find enough food, friendship and a place to belong. Directed by…


Added by Jolie Olson on February 8, 2015 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Reviewing the Situation

Jenna Fischer



Reviewing the Situation


Oliver! is showing at the Pantages Theater through March 1. Whether you are a Charles Dickens fan or not you are going to like this show. Oliver is a young orphan living in London in the mid-1800’s. He runs away after being sold from a workshop to an undertaker. On the streets he meets the animated Artful Dodger who invites him to live with a man named Fagin and his street boys who pickpocket for a living.…


Added by Jenna Fischer on February 8, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments


Julian Spencer


From what I heard from others before seeing the preview performance of Theater Latté Da's "Broadway re-imagined" production of Oliver! at the Pantages Theatre I expected a upbeat and whimsical musical. While a good bunch of songs are quite cheerful, in reality the show is much more somber than I first thought, dealing with such heavy themes as domestic abuse and the division between the rich and poor. The story and music at many times butt heads, this is… Continue

Added by Julian Spencer on February 8, 2015 at 1:00am — No Comments

"I'd do anything" to see Oliver again

Theater Latté Da's version of Oliver is a must see. The show takes place in London and is about a young, orphaned, workhouse boy named Oliver (Nate Turcotte). At the beginning of the show the workhouse boys (The Minnesota Boys Choir) are waiting to be severed their "glorious" food. After being served and finishing his portion Oliver asks for more which was a big mistake. Mr. Bumble (James Ramlet), who is upset upon Oliver's request, sells Oliver to Mr. And Mrs. Sowerberry (Brian Frutiger and… Continue

Added by Maddie on February 8, 2015 at 12:44am — No Comments

Looking For Eye Candy? Oliver's Your Man

As I stared at the seemingly glowing gold fringe at the bottom of the curtain while eagerly awaiting Oliver! to start, I expected a show. And oh boy, did I get a show! Hennepin Theatre Trust and Theater Latte Da collaborated on Oliver! as part of their “Broadway Reimagined” series, and the show was imaginative say the least. Oliver is truly a classic, based on Charles Dickens’ novel Oliver Twist.…


Added by Delia Grimes on February 7, 2015 at 7:00pm — No Comments


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