Critical View Clubhouse


All Blog Posts (461)

White Christmas

The movie White Christmas has been one of my favorite Christmas movies for as long as I can remember. Although I expected the play to be different from the movie, the play was still very disappointing. The plot was changed to an even more nonsensical story. Fans of the movie will be unhappy with the changes made, and people who aren't familiar with the movie will not see any worth in the show.

The show has a few strong points, one of which is the dancing. The chorus dancers…


Added by Karen Kenison on November 30, 2014 at 2:04am — 2 Comments

I'm Dreaming of a Better Script

On the night of November 25th, 2014, I attended a showing of “White Christmas” at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis.  It was well before Christmas, and the city was already coated in white.

White Christmas, the stage adaptation of Irving Berlin’s movie musical, is “about two army-turned-showbiz buddies who put on a…


Added by Kathleen T. WIllard on November 30, 2014 at 1:00am — 3 Comments

White Christmas: Reheated Leftovers

In the spirit of holiday integrity, I try to disavow all Christmas frenzy before Thanksgiving. In a serious breach of my self discipline, I saw White Christmas in time to tell my family gathered Thanksgiving not to see it. In search for a metaphor, I compare White Christmas  to reheated turkey: the glamor is gone and now you lovelessly consume it.

White Christmas is a spectacle. The singing and…


Added by Maxwell Singer on November 30, 2014 at 12:30am — 1 Comment


     It is given that it is going to be a cheerful night when the audience is laughing by the opening announcements. The pit orchestra proudly and beautifully plays familiar Christmas tunes in the overture, making the audience sway with Christmas joy. Even just hearing the words “white Christmas” sets up the perfect twinkling scene: snowflakes lightly falling outside the window, steaming hot chocolate, and a cozy fireplace illuminating the dazzling Christmas tree. Irving Berlin’s White…


Added by Maya Richardson on November 30, 2014 at 12:28am — 3 Comments

Tap-py Holidays

 Irving Berlin's White Christmas is a light and cheery holiday show, which I attended on November 25th, at the Orpheum. As I had not seen the movie, I went into the show only expecting an…


Added by Julia Jacobs on November 29, 2014 at 10:09pm — 1 Comment

White Christmas: Not Exactly a Million Dollar Proposition

   Although Irving Berlin's White Christmas at the Orpheum was filled with excellent tap dancing and heart-lifting music, it was at it's core your standard romantic comedy cliche. Before the on-stage musical, White Christmas was a movie, produced in 1954, in which two men and two women fall in and out of love, sing, dance, and help their former army general with his inn.

   In the lobby of the Orpheum…


Added by Megan Johnson on November 29, 2014 at 8:31pm — 2 Comments

"White Christmas" is a Yawn Fest

Tuesday evening at the Orpheum theatre I saw Irving Berlin's aptly named "White Christmas" expecting something drenched in cheese but entertaining all the same. I was right about the former, but was sadly disappointed in the latter. The show was mediocre at best and boring at worst. The story is of two World War Two veterans putting on a show in a hotel in 1954, told classic broadway-style with jazz hands and giant feather fans. There was nothing wrong with it, in terms of…


Added by Jane Pena on November 29, 2014 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Spunky Personalities Shown in Irving Berlin's White Christmas

       A story of friendship, loyalty, and of course, falling in love during the Christmas season, the classic musical interpretation of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas is an upbeat comedy that pops with personality. The show takes place shortly after World War II where show-businessmen Bob Wallace and Phil Davis find themselves wanting to settle down. After running into the lovely sister-act, Betty and Judy Hanes, the men follow the ladies up to Vermont where they are reunited with…


Added by Contessa Boorman on November 29, 2014 at 2:21pm — 1 Comment

Unlike Cupid And The Weather, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas Is Predictable

White Christmas is a feel-good, classic nineteen-fifties story, chalk full of corny jokes and familiar tropes, and uplifting songs that won’t stick in your head. I found myself able to clearly see the story’s path ahead, and unengaged.

The story of White Christmas in itself was uplifting, nostalgic, heartwarming. It portrays a story of love, and the American dream. But it does a poor job. America is not made up of white people dancing and singing with one dark-skinned woman in…


Added by Emma M-L on November 29, 2014 at 2:27am — 6 Comments

White Christmas- All Music, No Plot

As Minnesotans were rejoicing the lack of snow, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas was pondering the lack there-of in Pine City, Vermont. This show full of laughter and music had it’s opening night in Minnesota on November 25th, and I was there for it.  This show though adorable, reaches only a specific audience, and I’d advise anyone considering on  attending this show seriously take into account their taste in music and have a specific reason for wanting to go see…


Added by Amy Walus on November 28, 2014 at 9:56pm — 1 Comment

White Christmas Bursting With Holiday Cheer

There’s no better way to get in the holiday spirit than seeing a show about Christmas filled with dancing, singing, romance and snow. The production of White Christmas is showing at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, MN. The show opened on November 25 and runs through November 30. White Christmas is set in post W.W.II America where former soldiers Bob Wallace and Phil Davis team up to form a song and dance show. They fall in love with a pair of singing sisters named Judy and Betty Haynes, who… Continue

Added by Annika Peterson on November 28, 2014 at 8:19pm — 1 Comment

Christmas with a Side of Cheese, Please.

Cheese sauce usually makes everything better, like nachos, broccoli and macaroni - and all Christmas movies have their fair share of cheese factor, but sometimes there comes a point where too much cheese can overwhelm everything.  Having never seen the movie White Christmas,  I was pretty open-minded about the musical. I thoroughly enjoyed the dancing, singing and costumes, and even the cliche storyline, but at times it was just too…


Added by Jolie Olson on November 28, 2014 at 7:02pm — 1 Comment

White Christmas - A Decent Holiday Extravaganza

 White Christmas is a musical currently performing at the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis.  The show follows two, ex-army performing men who team up with two women performers, who become their love interests, as they try to put on a Christmas show to bring in some money for a struggling inn owned by their former army general.  Most of the show takes place in a Vermont inn leading up to Christmas in 1954.  I had an enjoyable night at the Orpheum getting to watch…


Added by Alex king on November 28, 2014 at 4:09pm — 2 Comments

I've Got "White Christmas" To Keep Me Warm

White Christmas brought electric warmth to the hearts of Minnesotans attending the show at the Orpheum.  Many people have heard this song sung by the famous Bing Crosby, but this show takes Crosby’s slow croon and adds speed, pizzazz, and a large amount energy to spice up the typical Christmas traditions.  The pure voices of this cast combine with the phenomenal dancing to create a night of pure joy. 

The show follows Bob Wallace (James Clow) and Phil Davis (Jeremy Benton), two World…


Added by Noah Coon on November 28, 2014 at 8:50am — 1 Comment

White Christmas: Tis the Season

The Christmas spirit is easily shared around the season, and Tuesday night at the Orpheum was no exception. Opening night of Irwing Berlin’s White Christmas was overall fabulous, and few flaws were present. With the elaborate costumes, huge dance numbers, and even fake snow, this production does not disappoint theater-goers looking to get into the spirit of Christmas.

Looking at the impressive technical elements, from…


Added by Laura Wyatt on November 27, 2014 at 8:19pm — 3 Comments

An Empty Box Tied Up with String: Irving Berlin's White Chrsitmas


   Don't be deceived--Some of the characters may look the same, but the musical and the movie have completely different vibes.

     When the song “White Christmas” passes through your mind, you can’t help but dream of sitting in a cozy family-filled room with…


Added by Nathaniel Larson on November 26, 2014 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

"Papa Needs More Laffy Taffy"

By: Ryan Lenard

                As I entered the auditorium of North High School Friday night, to view their production of Grease,  I found myself very unprepared for what I was about to see. By that, I mean I had no idea what Grease was even about except for the fact that it is a very popular movie and many people around me seemed very excited to see it performed live. The story focuses on two teenage lovers; Danny Zuko and Sandy Dumbrowski, and their…


Added by Ryan Lenard on November 10, 2014 at 11:03pm — No Comments

This Classic Story Should Have Stayed Offstage

Dirty Dancing the movie: Iconic, beloved classic, movie. Dirty Dancing onstage: Not quite so impressive.


The stage production of Dirty Dancing, which ends its run at the Orpheum this Sunday, was all nostalgia and no substance. There were dance numbers that got the blood pumping, music that had the heart grinning, but none of that helped to get the story acros. The show’s story was told as a series of short…


Added by Jane Pena on October 16, 2014 at 12:37am — No Comments

The Bore of My Life

I... hated it with all of my miiight.

Yes, the movie made me feel this way before.

Yes I swear, I will never know why people like it,

And I owe it all to wooden aaacting.


Cause I, think that the dancing’s great and all,

But the story’s so…


Added by Emma Dalen on October 15, 2014 at 8:33pm — No Comments

Dirty Dancing At the Orpheum Theatre Is Not Nostalgic Enough

Grace Peterson

Dirty Dancing

Dirty Dancing At the Orpheum Theatre Is Not Nostalgic Enough

            The 80’s cult classic Dirty Dancing is now on stage at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, October 7th – 19th. Like all other 80s dance movies turned musical, it is campy, poorly written, and heaven for middle aged women.

            After the classic “It was the summer of 1963, and cell phones weren’t…


Added by Grace Peterson on October 13, 2014 at 12:33am — No Comments

Blog Topics by Tags

Monthly Archives







© 2014   Created by Admin.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service