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Tragically Beautiful

Wicked. One of the most famous musicals of all time, the 9th longest running broadway show, and internationally recognized for its story and music. I’ll admit, before I saw it I thought it was overrated. Preceding the classic story “The Wizard of Oz”, Wicked tells the story of how the Wicked Witch of the West came to be. Directed by Joe Mantello and lead by the stunning Jessica Vosk and Ginna Claire Mason, there was only one thing…

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Added by Giselle Durand on April 15, 2017 at 9:43pm — 1 Comment

Wicked Grows With It's Audience

As I am sure is true of many others, Wicked was what really sparked my love of modern musical theater. As a kid, I had played the West Side Story soundtrack on repeat, but Wicked was unlike anything I had ever heard. I was lucky enough to finally see the show in 2010 after years of obsessing over it. Seeing it again on the most recent run, I was expecting it to be a thoroughly nostalgic experience, which indeed it was.…

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Added by Delia Grimes on April 15, 2017 at 9:38pm — No Comments

Wicked is ‘Pop-u-lar’, and with good reason!

There is something wicked in the Land of Oz, and it’s not who you would expect. Elphaba (Jessica Vosk), despite her rare talent, has spent her entire life an outcast due to the color of her emerald green skin. When she forms an unexpected friendship with the popular blonde, Glinda (Ginna Claire Mason), Elphaba feels hopeful that she will begin to fit in. For the first time ever things seem to be going her way, until one of them is declared good and the other, well, wicked.

Wicked is…

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Added by Liv Krusinski on April 15, 2017 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

It's Wicked, Thank Goodness

Wicked first opened in 2003 and has since established itself as a musical theater staple. Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire, the hit musical has won three Tony Awards, six Drama Desk Awards and one Grammy Award and the London show has won a Laurence Olivier Award. Wicked’s characters have joined the ranks of iconic Broadway characters and its soundtrack, originally written by Stephen Schwartz, is instantly recognizable. With…

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Added by Ella Padden on April 15, 2017 at 4:10pm — 1 Comment

Defies Expectations

I think that it is safe to say that The Wizard of Oz is a huge cultural touch point in American society. From the original film to the “Super Soul” musical known as The Wiz. It’s the prequel to this beloved story, though, that has just hit the Orpheum: Our beloved Wicked. It first premiered on Broadway in 2003 with Idina Menzel as Elphaba (The Wicked Witch of the West) and Kristin Chenoweth as Glinda (The Good…

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Added by Nina Afremov on April 15, 2017 at 3:47pm — No Comments

Thank Goodness for Wicked

Wicked, the musical backstory of the Wicked Witch of the West, is based on the Gregory Maguire novel, which is in turn based off of Frank L. Baum’s Wizard of Oz. There are hundreds of versions of the Wizard of Oz story, the most famous of which include The Boy From Oz and The Wiz. The World of Oz is similar to the world of Harry Potter, in that it is beloved by audiences and is…

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Added by Kate Lawless on April 15, 2017 at 1:40pm — 1 Comment

Thank Goodness For the Green Girl

Every so often, there is a musical that makes it’s mark on society and becomes a sensation. In the 1940s, it was Oklahoma!, then in the 80s, Phantom of the Opera, and recent megahit Hamilton has also reached this status. But 14 years ago, the first musical sensation of the 21st century hit Broadway. Winning three Tony Awards,…

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Added by Larissa Milles on April 15, 2017 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

The World Has Been Changed For Good

George Mulder

Wicked

The World Has Been Changed For Good

            Who knew the Wicked Witch of the West would teach audiences how to survive against adversity? Wicked tells us her story. The world-renown musical was nominated for ten Tony Awards in 2004 for its original production with Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth. Wicked is now playing at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis until May 14, starring Jessica Vosk as Elphaba and…

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Added by George Mulder on April 15, 2017 at 11:55am — No Comments

Wickedly Good

If the 2017 production of "Wicked" gives the evil word new meaning. The musical is based on the novel by Gregory Maguire and acts as a back story to The Wizard of Oz. If follows the Wicked Witch of the West, Elphaba (Jessica Vosk) through the challenges of being different, green-skinned to be exact, and finding a power within her that teaches her to embrace the difference. The story of her and her drastically different best friend, Glinda the Good (Ginna Claire Mason), is more complicated…

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Added by Euphrosyne Daoutidou on April 15, 2017 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Wicked: Defying Gravity and Expectations

Have you ever wondered how the wicked witch of the west became wicked. The musical Wicked based off of the book by Winnie Holzman of the same name answers this questions. One of the most critically acclaimed musicals of the past 15 years the original production Wicked was nominated for 10 Tony Awards. The story follows the unlikely friendship of Glinda and Elphaba before they were Glinda the Good and the Wicked Witch of the West. As tensions rise the audience is brought on an…

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Added by Maria Spack on April 14, 2017 at 11:41am — No Comments

To Begin With, the Production Was Just Okay

“Disagreeable evening!” a gray bearded man proclaimed on a raised platform after clamoring down the center aisle dividing the audience. Gerald Charles Dickens, writer Charles Dickens great great great grandson stood with his arms out wide in front of a small crowd in an ancient church. He was dressed in all white with an accent of green on his vest. His costume and set behind him transported audiences to the 19th century, when Dickens lived and wrote. “To Begin With”, written…

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Added by Linnea Stanton on April 13, 2017 at 9:13am — No Comments

Don't Throw Away Your Shot!

Last week I was fortunate enough to see Broadways biggest hit, Hamilton: An American Musical written by Lin Manuel-Miranda, in Chicago. Like many of us, I had become obsessed with the Original Cast Recording. With tickets sold out through next fall and going for $700+, it seemed unrealistic that I would see the show anytime soon. Of course, upon hearing that I would be seeing the show from the second row I was hysteric. However, is the experience worth emptying your wallet…

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Added by Thomas Bertron on April 5, 2017 at 2:19pm — No Comments

Matilda

Many of us grew up enjoying the magical story of Matilda, weather it be the classic 1988 British novel by Roald Dahl or the 1996 film starring Danny Devito. Having premiered in the West End in 2009 before launching a US Tour, Matilda The Musical is now reaching audiences around the globe. As a fan of the movie, I was skeptical of how the story would be adapted into a stage musical. Like the novel, it follows Matilda Wormwood, a genius 5 year old with…

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Added by Thomas Bertron on April 5, 2017 at 2:18pm — No Comments

Hedwig is Unapologetic; Whether You Like it Or Not

Some shows prefer to play it safe with touring audiences, and some shows unapologetically refuse to hold back. Hedwig and the Angry Inch is the type of production to make Ordway donors and subscription holders rattled within the first song. Dressed in denim and a blonde Farrah Fawcett wig, Euan Morton (Hedwig) opens the show with a loud, political rock song, flicking off a couple in the first row. This isn’t the last raunchy moment of the…

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Added by Linnea Stanton on April 4, 2017 at 6:26pm — No Comments

Matilda is Magical

There was a period of my childhood in which I probably watched the movie "Matilda" every other day. I had it almost memorized word for word. So it shouldn't be surprising that my expectations were very high as I walked into the Orpheum theatre on opening night of Matilda: The Musical, directed by Matthew Warchus. I wondered especially at how the show would manage the magic of Matilda's mind powers, and in this I was slightly disappointed as I felt I waited for too long to see it and it was not… Continue

Added by Catherine Lily Wojda on April 2, 2017 at 8:14am — No Comments

Matilda brings the essence of theater's magic to life

Matilda is a classic book, and later movie, that most young kids grew up with. Whether you watched the movie or read the book once or 100 times, you'll remember the scene of Miss. Trunchbull spinning around the little girl in the school yard. It's an iconic moment where we discover Matilda is a special and intelligent little girl with a heart of gold who cares about everyone and shows more compassion than most adults do. Like in the film and in the book before it, the scene wows as it takes… Continue

Added by Emma Meents on April 1, 2017 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

Matilda and the not so revolting children

 

Bright lights, powerful dance moves, and catchy music filled the Orpheum Theatre of Minneapolis on Tuesday, March 28 as Matilda the Musical opened their award- winning show to an eager audience.

 

This show takes place in England. It follows the life of an extraordinary young girl named Matilda, who struggles with an unstable family life and some abnormal abilities. It is only through school that she finally gets the attention and recognition she deserves from…

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Added by Clare Judge on April 1, 2017 at 11:51am — No Comments

An Inconsistent Performance: Matilda Review

 

Based on the children’s book by Roald Dahl, Matilda brims with childlike energy, which is unfortunately dulled by the adult actors performances. This beloved story of a young girl, Matilda (Jenna Weir), learning to use her imagination, intelligence, and magic to do what is right (and sometimes be a little bit naughty) needs to feel precocious and whimsical, and the child actors nail that. However, the adult actors…

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Added by Kate Lawless on March 31, 2017 at 11:37pm — No Comments

It's okay to be a little Naughty

Letters, lights, and sound. Three big things that stood out when I watched Matilda the musical on Tuesday night, it's opening night at the Orpheum in downtown mpls. In 1996 the movie Matilda came out about a little genius whose parents didn't love her. In 2010 Matilda premiered at  Stratford-upon-Avon then premiered on…

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Added by Ananda Cordova Stuart on March 31, 2017 at 3:25pm — No Comments

Matila, and the Importance of Books

Matilda draws an audience young and old to witness the show’s magnificence. The Orpheum theater in downtown Minneapolis was full of eager audience members, of a younger demographic when the scrim went up on the opening night of Matilda. This musical, while containing some dark content has an ensemble of young performers who bring light to the theater. The choreography perfectly complimented these young artists and brought the show to life in a fun and whimsical way. 

Matilda…

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Added by Claire Mathews-Lingen on March 31, 2017 at 1:06pm — No Comments

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