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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


Karina Strom


Annie Review

Annie and the Orpheum theater on Tuesday night may have been entertaining for the smallest of children and those few die hard Annie fans, but for everyone else, the show was a disaster. Everyone seemed to have high expectations for this show, but with unimpressive non union performances and a small, misdirected cast, they were let…


Added by Karina Strom on April 2, 2015 at 11:55am — 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

Onboard or Overboard? The Guthrie's A Midsummer Night's Dream

Welcome to A Midsummer’s Night Dream. Wait, no. A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream. Not quite. Oh yes, A Midsummer Night’s Dream! This timeless play is one that has been interpreted, reinterpreted, misinterpreted, and mispronounced through the ages. From the…


Added by Nathaniel Larson on March 23, 2015 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

Beauty and the *yawn*

                    I found myself struggling to not doze off for a good portion of this production of Beauty and the Beast. The quirky gestures and jokes were painfully forced. I would compare a majority of the first act as stale as a cheez-it that was left out for a month.

                     I felt as if I was seeing two shows at once. I came to see Beauty and the Beast, but felt like I was…


Added by Lexi Torrez on March 14, 2015 at 11:57pm — No Comments

A Heartwarming Beauty

A Heartwarming Beauty

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Camryn Schake

From March 10th to March 15th, Broadway musical “Beauty and the Beast” is coming to Minnesota at the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis!  The show is overall touching and has the original Disney vitality.  It seems everyone has a soft spot for Old Disney, and it can be easily assumed that the…


Added by Camryn Schake on March 14, 2015 at 6:44pm — 1 Comment

Something There

Jenna Fischer

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast 

Beauty and the Beast is a “Tale as Old as Time.” As one of my favorite fairy tales I was hoping for the best. Unfortunately it did not meet my expectations. Beauty and the Beast is showing at the Orpheum Theatre through March 15. The show follows the story of Belle, an intelligent, beautiful, young woman who feels she does not belong in her little village. After her father is captured by a terrifying beast she chooses…


Added by Jenna Fischer on March 14, 2015 at 10:41am — No Comments

Tale, Not Quite As Old As Time

Excited chatter spread through a sea of people, who were no taller than four feet and wearing yellow princess dresses. The show was made to please the majority of its audience; young children, and it definitely did it's job. However, for the older members of the audience, it was a slight miss. Beauty and the Beast is a Disney classic that follows Belle, a studious girl who looks past outer beauty and eventually falls in love with the Beast. To the avid Disney lover and young…


Added by Julia Jacobs on March 14, 2015 at 9:58am — 1 Comment

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

Beauty and the Blah

Olivia Skjervold

Beauty and the Beast


I had high hopes for the live production of Disney’s Beauty and Beast at the Orpheum Theater. Beauty and the Beast is personally one of my favorite Disney stories, a spunky book-loving protagonist who falls in love with a scary-looking but well-meaning beast/prince, complete with great songs, spooky castles, and talking furniture! What more could you want from a classic Disney movie? But the performance I saw on stage…


Added by Olivia Skjervold on March 13, 2015 at 11:37pm — 1 Comment

Nothing There that wasn't There Before

Everyone knows Beauty and The Beast: it's a classic. Warmhearted, misfit girl defeats the status quo, learns a lesson or two in the process, and ends up with the love of her life. Unfortunately, upon seeing a performance of this "tale as old as time" at The Orpheum Theatre (playing now through March 15th), that's all it was to me: an old story with a cute plot line which was mildly entertaining, but definitely nothing special.

I will admit that my expectations were a bit higher for…


Added by Fiona Hannan on March 13, 2015 at 9:07pm — No Comments

The Show Does it's Job



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

Beauty and the Dead-Beat

             Watching girls twirl around in frilly dresses, bulky men dance in tights, and learning about the importance of inner beauty is usually the ideal way anyone would love to spend their Friday night. In the timeless classic, Beauty and The Beast, a cursed prince searches for love after being taken under a spell; later discovering that a person’s inner beauty outshines any flaws in appearance. Broadway’s touring company of Beauty and The Beast took to the…


Added by Contessa Boorman on March 13, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments


Magic is in the air at Orpheum Theater where Beauty and The Beast is playing through March 15th. The classic fairy tale is brought to life in this detailed production by Hennepin Theater Trust. Full of majestic music and quirky characters, this one is sure to coax a smile out of even the grumpiest of beasts. 

The characters in this show were outstanding. Belle, played by Jillian Butterfield steals the show with her gorgeous voice and confident attitude. She is easy to love as…


Added by Sonya Yermishkin on March 13, 2015 at 10:45am — No Comments

Beauty and the Beast Misses at the Orpheum

For years Disney has offered a plethora of magical fairytales, unrequited love, and sexual innuendoes. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at the Orpheum through March 15 continues this long-lived legacy. While the plot structure remains true to the original film, the show has difficulty in finding its target audience. Not quite understanding whether to focus on the adults in the audience or the little girls in princess dresses, the show chooses the path in the middle. Trying to satisfy a…


Added by Taylor Leighton on March 13, 2015 at 10:20am — 1 Comment

I Can't Love Beauty and The Beast

    Disney’s Beauty and The Beast comes to the Orpheum theater in downtown Minneapolis. This beloved tale draws a noticeably younger crowed, and the show fills the theater with Disney’s magical delight. However, the show is not without flaws. Beauty and The Beast translates well to the stage, bringing new light to an age old tale. The costumes and effects take the spotlight in this show. Musical numbers and songs are lively and enjoyable. The show is neither fully Disney nor fully Broadway,…


Added by Claire Mathews-Lingen on March 13, 2015 at 9:53am — 1 Comment

Not Quite Blinded By Love

Maxwell Singer 

Beauty and the Beast 

I’ll confess now.

I hate Beauty and the Beast. All the songs sound the same and the plot is eerily creepy, despite Disney’s best efforts to make it less grim. I have seen the show before, written a review, and allowed it to leave my conscience.

Some things don’t stay gone. Beauty and…


Added by Maxwell Singer on March 13, 2015 at 7:58am — 2 Comments


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