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"She's in Love With the Beast!"

As Cogsworth says, "If it's not baroque, don't fix it." Beauty and the Beast was anything but broken. It was miraculous. The musicians, the actors, the scenes, the lighting, the sound...everything worked together to put on a show that satisfied the Disney loving child in me. If no one had told me that there was an understudy playing Gaston, I honestly would not have known. 

Everyone onstage deserved to be there. From Sean Reda (Chip), the youngest of the…


Added by Zoë Makila on October 17, 2012 at 4:34pm — 1 Comment

Hey, Listen!

The orpheum has never felt so alive. A vibrant triforce (a prevalent symbol in the Legend of Zelda video games) adorned the drop down screen onstage, atop a bustling array of chairs filled with musicians practicing away. Every way you look, there's another…


Added by Zoë Makila on October 1, 2012 at 11:27pm — No Comments

Interview With Tom Borrup

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Tom Borrup, the man in charge of the Plan-It Hennepin Project, which is currently working to create a newer, better Hennepin Avenue. Minneapolis has forever been a changing city, and his brilliant views and visions for this change have sparked interest in many others, encouraging them to get involved with the project. It has had several meetings a month open to the public, where people were able to share stories, feelings, emotional…

Added by Zoë Makila on June 26, 2012 at 7:24pm — No Comments

"We danced on the beach, kissed on the beach and dot, dot, dot."

Going into Mamma Mia!, I knew literally nothing about the plot, the music, the characters, or the actors. I knew that to review it better, I would need to be completely impartial at the beginning. So knowing that, this review is one hundred percent without preconceived notions about the show.

There were a lot of really great things. The ensemble was amazing, with their dance moves and pitch perfect harmonies.…

Added by Zoë Makila on April 25, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments


Admittedly, I don’t know much about Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, or Carl Perkins. Before I saw Million Dollar Quartet, I only knew of two of the four. The songs were foreign to me, the acting was mediocre, and the flow of the show was not one that kept me engaged at all. I know that I’m not in the demographic for this show, and I found myself counting the songs left in the program because I just wanted to go…

Added by Zoë Makila on March 29, 2012 at 11:25am — 1 Comment

Talk-It Hennepin

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of attending a Talk-It Hennepin workshop in downtown Minneapolis. I believe I was supposed to be working as a volunteer (a facilitator, as they were introduced), but I soon found myself a participator instead. Everyone was split up into different groups that discussed the future of Hennepin Avenue-a cultural hub of Minneapolis. My group focused on movement.

I walked in the room with the…


Added by Zoë Makila on March 11, 2012 at 8:49pm — 1 Comment

"Give Me Novacaine"...To Get Through This Show

When I see a touring show, my first thought as I walk out of the theater is usually “I have got to see that again.” With American Idiot, it was “Thank god that’s over.”

American Idiot, a “jukebox musical”, or “party musical,” as I like to call them, is made up of songs from the once-popular band Green Day. I had no idea there was an actual plot to the show until it was too late to connect to the characters (whose…


Added by Zoë Makila on February 24, 2012 at 7:52pm — No Comments

"Everything exists in a delicate balance"

Disney’s The Lion King is an iconic tale that many of today’s young adults will say has impacted their lives. I grew up with Nala, cried along side Simba when his dad died, danced with Timon and Pumbaa, sung along to the circle of life, and experienced the glory of The Lion King from a young age. This isn’t just another show, it’s emotional, it’s funny, it’s beautiful, and it’s right here, in Minneapolis, for another three weeks.

Several aspects of show business appeal to people, and…


Added by Zoë Makila on January 22, 2012 at 12:30am — 1 Comment

"Dream the Dream" at Les Misérables in Minneapolis

In every musical, there is that song; the one that’s beautiful, powerful, and takes your breath away. In Les Misérables, there is no one song to choose. Based on the book of the same name by Victor Hugo, Les Misérables is an operetta, meaning most of the show is sung.  Everything is drawn out and up and over the top to show symbolism in this show, due to the sometimes…


Added by Zoë Makila on December 7, 2011 at 9:48pm — 2 Comments

"Oh, Helen Keller could tell you're gay!"

La Cage Aux Folles is a show that engages the audience unlike any other. The “fourth wall” is constantly being broken down with every time the actors speak out to us. It’s clear that the performance is one that is put on for us, not one for us to silently observe. It reaches out to speak to everyone in the theater.

La Cage Aux Folles, adapted from a French play, is a musical about Georges (played by George Hamilton)…

Added by Zoë Makila on October 20, 2011 at 7:47pm — 2 Comments

SHREK Reviewing

Remember you can find the press kit under the Press Room tab on the Hennepin Theatre District Website.  


Looking forward to seeing some new formats!  Check the notes on the left hand side of the home page for your ideas -- or come up with something new.  Remember, same criteria.... use details to support your opinion, write a draft (script, outline, notecards) to organize your thoughts in advance.



Added by Dudley Voigt on February 2, 2011 at 1:28pm — No Comments

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