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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Ryan Lenard on November 10, 2014 at 11:03pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Jane Pena on October 16, 2014 at 12:37am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Emma Dalen on October 15, 2014 at 8:33pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Grace Peterson on October 13, 2014 at 12:33am — No Comments