As the scrim with MARRY POPPINS scrolls up at the top of the show, a dreary, black and white set is revealed. Don’t let this fool you, Mary Poppins is a colorful, amazing treat.
First, I have to talk about the set. It was amazing. The use of perspective allowed the stage to appear so much larger than it actually is. For example, the kitchen set had all of the shelves appear on a slant, creating the illusion of a vanishing point and allowing the set…Continue
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Eight rows from the front at a comedy show...I feel so grown up! There are attractive 20-somethings drinking beer out of plastic bottles, and menacing security personnel all over the place. I'm close enough to…
The tagline for Flashdance reads "One girl. One dream. One chance." A very accurate slogan previews the story right on the cover of the playbill. It's also a very cliché way to sum up a very cliché musical. Flashdance is incredibly predictable. I had the second act figured out within the first 30 minutes of the first. There is no such thing as subtle foreshadowing in the world of Flashdance.
Monty Python’s Spamalot
Spamalot: Once In Every Few Decades, There Comes A Show Like This
Andrew Rannells, Josh Gad, Rory O'Malley, Nikki M. James, and nine Tony awards….this tour had a lot to own up to. The original broadway cast put on such a stunning performance and generated a lot of publicity. With such defined roles and a widely known ideal of each character, it's hard to make a show your own.
Aida: Making Minnesota Proud
Aida, presented by local Theater Latté Da,…Continue
Priscilla Queen of the Desert
PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT
The text I sent during intermission says it all: "I may have been a bit too quick to judge…this show is not as bad as I thought it would be." I was expecting a repeat of last seasons's flop, Mamma Mia, but found myself pleasantly surprised! This show gives old one-hit-wonders a new chance, with different meanings, different melodies, and much more flamboyant costumes.
Ever wanted to see female yankees, doctors, and flight attendants dressed in near nothing? Look no further than the Orpheum Theater, where you will see that, and more. Surprisingly, these scantily clad women are highlight of an otherwise dull adaptation of the real life story of Frank Abagnale Jr.. The score is predictable, the plot slow-moving, and the acting just so-so. With the exception of a few show stopping moments, this play drags on to the point of me wanting to rip out my hair.…Continue
Catch Me If You Can
Catch Me If You Can - For Lack of a Catchier Title
The musical Catch Me If You Can, performing at the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis December 11th-16th, is the amazing true story of Frank Abagnale, Jr: a man who ran away from home when he was 16 years old and committed millions of dollars worth of fraud to survive. He pretended to be a pilot, a doctor, and a…Continue
Regina Spektor with Special Guest Only Son
Regina Spektor and Only Son: They Say Opposites Attract...…Continue
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Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: THERE ARE TWO SIDES TO EVERY STORY. AND REVIEW.…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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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…
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…
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