Disney’s The Little Mermaid, hit the movie theaters in 1989, and was adapted for the stage in 2007. This classic tale tells the story of a mermaid, Ariel, who just doesn’t feel that she fits in. She longs to have legs and walk on the land. One of the reasons that this show has had lasting value, is that at some point in our lives we all struggle with the thinking, that maybe if we were just somewhere else, everything would be…Continue
The moment you step into the theatre, you realize the power of Disney to transform. A beautiful frame looking like it may have come straight out of the beloved movie and a myriad of bubbles, showed that this could be no other than the set for, "The Little Mermaid." A show which excels in it ability to take the audience under the sea, through the use of technical elements, however fails to live up to this reviewers want for theatre to reflect life in it's cheesy and caricature…Continue
Disney is great at a host of things. Entertaining young children with tales of adventure and magic, creating a world of their own through music and story on the screen, and making memories for generations and generations. Walt can’t be an expert on all of it though, and Disney’s The Little Mermaid at the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis is the perfect example of where The Magic Kingdom’s genius fell a little short. Those who create stage-adaptions to animated movies need to first…Continue
I had high expectations for Disney’s The Little Mermaid when I walked into the Orpheum Theater on Tuesday evening. The actors did an amazing job of bringing the classic Disney tale to life for audiences of all ages. However, as I watched and laughed at the cheesy fish puns, I noticed some significant holes (or “bubbles,” if you will) in the plot that I couldn’t seem to get over.
Even with the…Continue
Disney’s Little Mermaid at the Orpheum Theater is just that, Disney’s Little Mermaid, a throughly enjoyable show with not too many surprises. This show being under the sea allows for many magical moments, the majority of which are executed well, but some components fall short. Beautiful vocals, dance numbers, and music that fills the whole auditorium. This show will provide a cheesy tale for anyone willing to dive in.
This tale varies from telling to telling, but the…
Added by Julian Spencer on September 28, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments
There is a sense of joy and chaos on the stage. The prince has just been revealed at the masked ball and every woman in attendance pauses their dancing and rushes to the prince, hoping to dance with him. Suddenly, a mysterious yet beautiful young woman dressed in a sparkling gown glides into the palace ballroom. The lights fade to a medium blue, with a soft, white spotlight upon the prince and mystery arrival. The guests in their beautiful gowns and suits quieted their commotion looked, and…Continue
Added by Hannah Paulsen on September 11, 2015 at 4:30pm — No Comments
When you think of a giant monster, what pops into your head? Is it a dragon? An ogre? Or even that spider in your bathroom which you so gracefully avoid now? I assume that whatever image popped into your head, it was probably not that of a rabid human-sized praying mantis with epilepsy, right?
The Broadway national tour of…Continue
Magic was alive on stage last Tuesday, September eighth, at the Orpheum theater. Magic was in the music as it lulled you into the darkness, and into the lights as it danced through the forested set on stage. Magic was in the essence of Rodger and Hammerstein's Cinderella. The classic story of a poor girl, her horrible step mother and stepsisters, her fairy godmother, and of course, her prince. However, this telling of Cinderella had a refreshing twist. The story many have…Continue
As I sit down at Minneapolis's Orpheum theater, it feels extremely familiar. A set that consists of trees, a cabin and a sunset. Even though I haven't seen Cinderella in five years, it was a classic that I don't need to see that often. Yes, I do…Continue
Very few people are unfamiliar with the tale of Cinderella, the classic princess story of a country bumpkin who, with the help of her fairy godmother, attends the royal ball where she captures the heart of the prince just before fleeing the ball at midnight leaving only a glass slipper behind to identify her. The version most people seem to be familiar with is the 1950 Disney animated movie. Fewer people seem to be acquainted with the Rogers and Hammerstein’s musical adaption, but it is…Continue
Rodger and Hammerstein’s Cinderella is at the Orpheum Theater to bring magic and delight to the Twin Cities. This creative and at times humorous telling of Cinderella draws audience members young and old into the mystical world of this beloved fairytale. The ball scene filling the stage with stunning dancers and costumes, creates the dreamlike feeling that is this classic fairytale. Gorgeous and elaborate costumes fill this show, the costume designer William Ivey Long even won the 2013…Continue
Seeing Cinderella was like my own fairy Godmother had opened a portal back to my childhood. During the generic “Please turn off your cell phones” speech, we were also welcomes to the world of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella and told to put our worries and concerns away. In the midst of a busy life, Cinderella really was a chance for me to put away my worries and let myself dive into this magic world. This version of…Continue
From the moment I stepped into the theatre, I could tell this was going to be a party crowd. From the middle aged women in tiaras, to the bright blue “Glass Slipper” cocktails being sold seat side, this audience was up for a rockin’ time, and boy did they get it. Don’t be turned off by the idea of seeing another group beating the dead horse (a.k.a. the Disney version) of the tale, Rogers and Hammerstein's…Continue
Between the giant poofy dresses reminiscent of Toddlers and Tiaras and fairy godmothers flying across the stage, Cinderella at the Orpheum is certainly a sight to behold. Based on the classic tale by the Brothers Grimm, the show adds unexpected twists that…Continue
What do you get when you cross a nice prince, a fairy Godmother, a poor maid, and a lot of luck? The answer is Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, of course! In town through its opening on September 8th to closing on September 13th, Cinderella is the perfect show for young and not-so-young Disney fans alike. Smooth set changes, on stage costume transformations, and graceful dance numbers make…Continue
Theater, by its definition, is fake. Recreating or inventing stories is purely what it has always been for centuries and centuries. I like to believe that theatre is magic. It is what makes the impossible, possible. It lets us experience a world where things are a bit more sparkly, a bit less unattainable. Except if it’s A Chorus Line. The national tour of Cinderella at the Orpheum in Minneapolis made not only the impossible possible, but my third Tuesday of senior year a bit…Continue