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If/Then: Always Starting Over

Alyssa Huete

If/Then





After seeing If/Then on Broadway in New York City and being thoroughly unimpressed, one would wonder why this musical would ever go on tour. The story was hard to follow, the songs sounded too similar, and overall, the show was a big mess that had people leaving at intermission. Well, after seeing If/Then…

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Added by Alyssa Huete on March 10, 2016 at 6:15pm — 3 Comments

"If/Then"

Act one of "If/Then" ends with a number called "Surprise!", which describes my experience perfectly. This is a fun new show that seems to have come out of nowhere. Directed by Michael Greif and featuring a talented cast, "If/Then" is actually two stories about one person: 39 year old Elizabeth (Jackie Burns). Recently divorced, Elizabeth moves to New York to start a new life. The show breaks into two plots after Elizabeth has to make a decision in the park: to be "Liz" and go with her friend… Continue

Added by Catherine Lily Wojda on March 10, 2016 at 6:05pm — 1 Comment

IF you don't see this show THEN you're missing out

What if, the questions every parent and every teacher tells us not to ask. What if I hadn’t sat next to that boy, what if I don’t pass that test, what if I didn’t go to school yesterday, how would my life be? The modern day musical If/Then, with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt, address’s the simple question of what our fate is…what if. 

 

            The show tells the story Elizabeth, a middle-aged women trying to find her purpose in the world. Elizabeth…

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Added by Aubrey Salita on March 10, 2016 at 2:36pm — 2 Comments

A Bipolar Show

Parker Lehman

If/Then

 

A Bipolar Show

If/Then is a newcomer to the touring circuit. Written in 2013 Brian Yorkey (Next to Normal) with music by Tom Kitt (Next to Normal, American Idiot) the show follows Elizabeth (played by Jackie Burns) a 38 year old, recently divorced urban planner. The central premise (read gimmick) of the show is that it shows the aftermath of a simple choice and how your life can diverge with a…

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Added by Parker Lehman on March 10, 2016 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

Let's Believe in Fate with If/Then

What if I never saw this show? Then, I would have missed out on laughs, tears, and overall enjoyment. Minneapolis was one of the many stops on the If/Then tour, and I was fortunate enough to catch one of the shows. Liz leads an impulsive life filled with love and death, while Beth leads a practical life stuffed with career advancements and loneliness. Both lives occur parallel and to the same person, and in the pair, Liz and Beth always find their one true love. As the audience we…

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Added by Natalie Juell on March 9, 2016 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments

The Moment Exploded at If/Then

Leo Driessen

If/Then

            I walked in to the Orpheum theatre on the opening night of Broadway musical “If/Then” expecting a simple love story with an Idina Menzel look-alike struggling to fill the diva’s shoes who originated the role. I left the theater having seen, not one, but two love stories with an Idina Menzel look-alike, and thinking deep philosophical thoughts about the choices we make in our lives. Menzel’s doppelganger, Jackie Burns, made her…

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Added by Leo Driessen on March 9, 2016 at 10:53pm — 2 Comments

Two Gentlemen, Four Legs, One Fantastic Show

(Makeup Review)

Women can do anything men can do. That is except get payed more, get the same opportunities and be taken more seriously. Women are constantly shoved aside, especially in theater for the men. Boys are requested to come audition while girls line up down the block to even get a chance. Men get the bigger roles, even if they are less talented than female counterparts. The Two Gentlemen of Verona at the Jungle…

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Added by Mary Katherine Fiala on March 9, 2016 at 9:12pm — 1 Comment

No More Wasting Your Time, See If/Then Today

Everyone has asked themselves “what if” at some point in their lives. We all face crossroads in life, and If/Then is a prime example of what happens if you take a different path. The story of the main character, Elizabeth is relatable to many people as they ask themselves what would have happened or what might have been. Being relatable to people is a wonderful asset to the production, as well as the chorus line and the lighting elements.…

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Added by Laura Wyatt on March 9, 2016 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

Love If/Then While You Can

In life, we all have many choices to make. Sometimes the choices are small, like what we will eat for dinner or what we’ll do for fun on a Friday night, and sometimes the choices are big, like where we’ll go to college or what we want to do for the rest of our lives. Either way, choices unite us as human beings; we can relate to the process of making difficult decisions in one way or another. This is the main idea behind the new musical, If/Then. The…

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Added by Claire Karges on March 9, 2016 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

Love (This Show) While You Can

I’ll be the first to admit that I wasn’t exactly excited to see If/Then. I’d heard mediocre things about it in the past, so I was apprehensive going into the theatre. I’m glad to say that my apprehension was defeated. If/Then is an incredibly unique piece of theatre, directed by Michael Grief, and led by an impeccable cast. The show follows the two possible ways urban planner Elizabeth’s life may have ended up, one path…

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Added by Larissa Milles on March 9, 2016 at 8:19pm — 2 Comments

Roads Less Traveled in If/Then

From the instant If/Then began, I immediately drew a parallel between the show and Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken.” Each work is about the other lives we can live, and how we make decisions, albeit seemingly insignificant ones, which affect our lives in conjunction with fate. If/Then, a modern musical that debuted in the spring of 2015, takes the same message as “Road” and expands it into a complex, intricate, and modern application of an age-old question: what…

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Added by Colleen Scallen on March 9, 2016 at 7:24pm — 2 Comments

What If If/Then Wasn't Great?





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Added by Tracie Clyne on March 9, 2016 at 5:38pm — 2 Comments

If/Then- A Sense of Hope

If/Then, directed by Michael Greif, is an energetic and comedic musical that will take you on an emotional rollercoaster filled with fear, love, uncertainty, and hope. First performed in 2013, the contemporary musical featured the infamous Idina Menzel as the main character. The production quickly moved onto the Broadway stage the following year and it continues to gain popularity. We follow the analytical urban planner Elizabeth (Jackie Burns) after her divorce,…

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Added by Nina Afremov on March 9, 2016 at 3:21pm — 2 Comments

What If?-A Story of Possiblities

Madilyn Duffy

If/Then





What If?- A Story of Possibilities





Every time you walk into a theater, there is a current of excitement that seems to exist in the crowd. The air itself seems charged with anticipation. People of all ages (although preferably over thirteen in the case of this show) and…

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Added by Madilyn Duffy on March 9, 2016 at 11:42am — 2 Comments

Cast of Something Rotten Makes Audience Roar with Laughter

                  There is something truly rotten playing at the St. James Theatre and it simply reeks of humor and wit. One of the most funny new musicals on Broadway, Something Rotten!, is bound to have the audience crying in their seats as they enjoy the tale of Nick and Nigel Bottom. These two men are brothers who are sick and tired of living in the shadow of the ever famous William Shakespeare. Nick decides to pay a visit to a soothsayer named Nostradamus to find out what the…

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Added by Noah Coon on March 9, 2016 at 1:02am — 2 Comments

Dearest Guerrilla Girls,

Dearest Guerrilla Girls,

It has come to my attention that you are an anonymous, gorilla mask-wearing group of social activists that have been fighting for proper representation of women and minorities in the art world for over thirty years now. I find it surprising that I had not previously heard of you until quite recently,…

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Added by Miranda Mier on March 8, 2016 at 3:53pm — 1 Comment

Let Them Entertain You

Parker Lehman

Gypsy

Let Them Entertain You

                         I didn’t have high hopes walking…

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Added by Parker Lehman on March 8, 2016 at 11:34am — 1 Comment

Lucky I'm A Girl Who Loves Music

What do vaudeville, the Great Depression, and stage moms have in common? The musical, Gypsy! In the elegant Pantages Theater, Hennepin Theatre Company delivers a lovingly crafted production of this classic show. Based on a true story, this musical, set in the Roaring Twenties and into the grittiest parts of the Great Depression, follows the life of Louise, a clumsy child actress raised in the shadow of her charming sister, June, by her ostentatious and forceful mother, Rose. I adored this play… Continue

Added by R. Grace Carey on March 7, 2016 at 6:15pm — 1 Comment

Let Gypsy Entertain You

The musical Gypsy, which is loosely based off of the memoirs of famous striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee, is considered by many critics and writers to be the greatest American musical of all time. Many of the show’s songs, such as “Let Me Entertain You”, “Everything’s Coming Up Roses”, and “Rose’s Turn”, have become very popular standards. Theater Latté Da’s production of the musical, under the…

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Added by Claire Karges on March 6, 2016 at 9:32pm — 2 Comments

Everything's Coming Up Mediocre

As a history buff, I was excited to see the story of Gypsy come to live on stage, especially because it is locally produced by Theater Latté Da in partnership with Hennepin Theater Trust. The third annual “Broadway Re-Imagined” production is an excellent opportunity to support the Twin Cities’ theater companies. There are several talented artists that stand out, whether they are performers or technicians. However, I just didn’t…

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Added by Laura Wyatt on March 6, 2016 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

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