As Book of Mormon was opening, I’ll admit I was worried. I had high hopes, and the doorbell first number, Hello!, wasn't grabbing me as I had hoped. Instead, it felt campy and forced. That is, until Cody Jamison Strand showed up as Elder Cunningham, a character trying his absolute best but not exactly succeeding. This schtick gets even better when his seemingly flawless counterpart, Elder Price, shows up and reveals his dream Mormon mission…Continue
The Book of Mormon
They Had Me from Hello
I just want to start off by saying, if you get offended easily this will not be the show for you. When you’re watching if the thought “oh they’re not going to go there” occurs to you then, yeah, they’re going there. The show was written by Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the creators of South Park. They do seem to reign in some of their usual infantile nature to produce a more mature show. That…Continue
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The Book of Mormon is a Broadway musical of epic proportions and a reputation that precedes it. The nine-time Tony Award-winning Best Musical opened on Broadway in 2011 to high praise and now has sold-out audiences across the nation.
It’s understandable then that as I walked into the Orpheum Theatre May 10th my expectations were high. A prior fan of the show myself, I was apprehensive to see how a new group of actors would live up to the precedent set by the original…Continue
In today’s society, more and more religions are being understood and accepted by different people. While this is a great thing, there is one religion that I can’t wrap my head around: Mormonism. It seems that I am not alone in my confusion, because creators of The Book of Mormon (the musical) Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, and Matt Stone made the musical specifically to poke fun at the morals of the Mormon…Continue
Warning: Faces are susceptible to soreness the morning after a night of nonstop laughter and smiling. This was true for me after I saw The Book of Mormon, playing at the Orpheum until May 29. Written by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, and Matt Stone, The Book of Mormon won nine Tony Awards in 2011, including Best Musical. The show tells the hilarious story of Elders Price and Cunningham as they are sent on their mission to Uganda. Filled…Continue
“The Book of Mormon,” an astonishing musical written by the writers of South Park, Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, and Matt Stone, left me speechless in my seat from the moment the Angel Moroni (Daxton Bloomquist) began talking. This story follows a Mormon missionary, Kevin Price (Ryan Bondy), as he sets off on his two-year mission to Uganda with his new “best friend” Arnold Cunningham (Cody Jamison Strand). Along the way, Elder Price realizes that the Church isn’t about being selfish – the way…Continue
Prom night, Greek gods, and music combine in A Night in Olympus. The famed Jeffrey Hatcher, Bill Corbett, and Chan Poling have collaborated to bring a new show to the Illusion Theater, and the result is a funny and irreverent musical with the classic “be careful what you wish for” setup.…Continue
Whether it’s good or bad, prom is always memorable...even out in the middle of nowhere. In fact, that’s where interesting things like learning the faculty are actually gods happen. A Night in Olympus, written by Jeff Hatcher and Bill Corbett, is the story of a teenage girl who wants her dream night at prom. She learns that her teacher is actually the goddess Venus, who gives her the beauty to go to prom. And that’s where things go awry. It’s the age…Continue
Night at Olympus was such a modernized show all about high school and gods. Surprising mix I know... but in this show it works. You follow the life of Maggie an awkward teen who isn't confident in her skin, later you see her become someone knew.. Someone viewed as better. The whole show is leading up to the prom. Walking into the theater you see a very plain stage except for the build board looking painting in the very back with a drawing of a farmland and a blue sky full of…Continue
Second only to New York when it comes to theatre seats per capita, it’s no wonder that every year dozens of shows make their world premier in the Twin Cities. Joining these show this season is A Night in Olympus, with a book by Jeffrey Hatcher and Bill Corbett and lyrics and music by Chan Poling.
A Night in Olympus is the story of shy and geeky high schooler, Maggie and her zombie loving best friend, Harry. Much to the…Continue
A night at Olympus took the typical story of a wish gone wrong and turned it on it’s head. This story starts at a high school in the middle of nowhere, with ominus lighting and a minimalist set. We’re introduced to the characters, both students and teachers, played by a double cast. While confusing at first they made great work of costumes to make character differences quick and easy.
We meet a girl named Maggie, shy and covered in bundles of…Continue
This is a proud time for Minnesotans in the performance field. Playwright Jeffrey Hatcher and Composer and lyricist Chan Poling have created a musical to engaging, it should soon be on broadway.
A night in Olympus is the story of Maggie, a senior at Olympus High in Olympus, Indiana. Maggie and her Zombie-obsessed, best friend, Harry, are planning a zombie movie marathon for the night of prom. Meanwhile, Maggie dreams of going to prom with Chad,…Continue
One of the greatest experiences a theater-goer can have in their life, is to be one of the first to witness a show. This was an experience I got to live as I saw the opening night production of the Illusion Theater’s A Night in Olympus. I was excited to see the show, but wasn’t expecting much more than some one-liners and a few catchy tunes. I thought I was going to see just a fun production, but I was given a Titan of a show, leaving me pleasantly…Continue
From auditions in January, to performance in May. The cast and crew of Thoroughly Modern Millie at Jefferson High School have been working tirelessly to make the performances happen. Suzanne Graff Gomes, the director of the show has had quite a job on her hands. With a cast of over 50, Suzanne wrangled this extremely talented cast into a performance to be very proud of.
Thomas Jefferson High School performed Thoroughly Modern Millie, May 4th…Continue
Normally when you go to a high school play, you don't expect it to be broadway quality. Mary Poppins, performed at Kennedy High School in Bloomington, Minnesota came pretty close. I was blown away by the quality of the show. Of course, there were some snags, as there are in every show. Overall, the show was a joy to attend.
John F. Kennedy High School performed Mary Poppins from April 28th to 30th,…Continue
How would you like to live in Barbra Streisand's basement? Well, not live in it, but work in it anyway. The show Buyer & Cellar at the New Century Theater tackles this question in a one man show about a young man who is hired to run the shopping mall in Barbra Streisand’s basement. The show follows Alex Moore (Sasha Andreev) through his career at Barbra’s house and it compares his relationship with…Continue
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