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Matilda: A Recipe For Magic

 There's something about a chorus of children, when done right, that is absolutely magical. Just ask Oliver!, Annie, and now, Matilda. Although the children certainly don’t hurt, they aren't the only factor that adds magic to the show: through amazing sets and visual effects, as well as highly technical choreography, this show leaves you breathless. Based on the book by Roald Dahl, Matilda tells the story of a child prodigy with too many brains for her head, and…

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Added by Delia Grimes on March 30, 2017 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

An Extraordinary Evening

On a beautiful Tuesday evening I walked into the Orpheum Theater looking forward to a great show. What I ended up watching for the next 2 and a half hours was beyond my wildest expectations. Matilda is a musical revolving around a young, neglected, yet extraordinary girl who puts up with a dictatorial headmistress, incompetent parents, and a life undeserving of her brilliance. Directed by Matthew Warchus, Matilda the musical was a…

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Added by Giselle Durand on March 30, 2017 at 6:52pm — No Comments

Even if You're Little You Can Do a Lot

Children made up nearly a quarter of the population of the United States in 2016, yet many theatre pieces rarely feature children as the leading character. Sure, there’s the classic Oliver! or 1977’s Annie, but no modern musicals stick out with a child as the main character- that is except for Matilda the Musical, which…

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Added by Larissa Milles on March 30, 2017 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Revolutionary Children Change the Story of Broadway

George Mulder

Matilda

Revolutionary Children Change the Story of Broadway

            How many shows on Broadway are geared towards kids, but also for adults? Very few. Matilda blazes a trail of modern musicals to be friendly for kids and adults, while still having an elite performance level. Based on the 1996 film of the same title, Matilda is playing at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis until April 2. The world-renowned…

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Added by George Mulder on March 30, 2017 at 3:25pm — 1 Comment

The Magic of Matilda

Words make up everything. They make up sentences, then pages, then chapters, then books. For one little girl words are more than books though. Words take her to far off places where she sees someone else’s story. Matilda the Musical chronicles the adventures of Matilda Wormwood, a five year old whose only solace from her dysfunctional family is books until she gets to go to school. At school she makes both friends and enemies, discovers she is telekinetic, and saves the one person who comes to… Continue

Added by Maria Spack on March 30, 2017 at 11:35am — No Comments

Matilda the Miracle

Adapted from Roald Dahl’s bestseller, Matilda The Musical was created by Tim Minchin and Dennis Kelly. The show has won seven Olivier Awards and four Tony Awards. After huge success in London, Matilda came to Broadway in 2013, which was soon followed by a U.S. tour. Unlike the American-produced Matilda movie, the musical is British - Matilda’s parents are constantly scolding her about reading books; she should be watching the “telly.”

The set of Matilda…

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Added by Devyn Terry on March 30, 2017 at 10:22am — No Comments

Matilda: A Few Chokes, but Miraculously Entertaining.

We all know what it is like to be berated by a bully. Whether it is in the workplace, in a club, or at school, Matilda is the ultimate tale of bullying and how to defy the odds and face one’s oppressor. Based on the book by Roald Dahl, Matilda, this musical follows the story of a young girl named Matilda as she battles her way past unloving parents and unforgiving headmistresses. Throughout her journey, she inspires her peers and mentors to take a stand…

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Added by Noah Coon on March 29, 2017 at 7:39pm — No Comments

I say.. Matilda, You're a Miracle

Madilyn Duffy

Matilda

3/28/2017

I Say… Matilda, You’re a Miracle

            We have dealt with a lot this season. The first three shows of the Orpheum’s 2016-2017 season were like a sucker punch to the gut in terms of sadness, shock factor, and emotional turbulence. After that, it was a parade of mediocracy that prevented a true connection to be formed between the actors and the audience, whether the fault was the actors or the plot itself.…

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Added by Madilyn Duffy on March 29, 2017 at 2:04pm — 1 Comment

The 24 Hour Plays

March 13th was a historic night at the Pantages theatre, because it was the first ever 24 Hour Plays production in Minnesota. A review of something so honorable as the organization of the 24 Hour Plays can only be in praise. 6 playwrights, 6 directors, 24 actors and a musical guest all volunteered their time and creative energy to raise money for charities and for young theatrical artists who are trying to go into theatre as a career. Not only was it produced for an honorable cause, but the six… Continue

Added by Catherine Lily Wojda on March 27, 2017 at 9:35pm — 1 Comment

24 hours

24 hours, that is all the writers, directors, and actors had to write, cast, direct, practice, and perform 6 original works made that day. On Monday March 13th Minnesota held its first 24 hour play festival. Each person donating their time to raise money for theater education in Minnesota, the money going to scholarships for the theater program at University of Minnesota Duluth and the Hennepin Theater Trust's Spotlight program. The 24 hour plays bring together extraordinary Minnesotans to… Continue

Added by Elsa Lundin on March 15, 2017 at 9:00pm — No Comments

6 Plays, 29 Actors, 24 Hours

George Mulder

24 Hour Plays in Minneapolis

6 Plays, 29 Actors, 24 Hours

“What you’re about to experience didn’t exist 24 hours ago…” Directed by Minnesota-native Mark Armstrong, The 24 Hour Plays is a festival put on around the world to create time-limited theatre. Hennepin Theatre Trust and the University of Minnesota-Duluth came together to make it happen in Minneapolis. Writers, actors, directors, and stage managers showed up at 10:00pm on Sunday night…

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Added by George Mulder on March 15, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

The King & An Outstanding Show

I have never felt sympathy for a king, but this show made my heart go out to the wealthiest, most powerful man in his country. The King & I (by the transcendent Rodgers & Hammerstein) has won Tony’s for Best Musical and Best Revival (twice!), and has been produced in nearly every English-speaking country since its musical debut in 1951. Based on the true story of Anna Leonowens, the governess for the King of Siam (now Thailand) from 1862-1867, this is a multifaceted tale of compromise… Continue

Added by R. Grace Carey on March 14, 2017 at 3:31pm — 1 Comment

The King and I etc, etc, etc

I was looking forward to this show because I had watched the movie in middle school and I was sitting next to someone who loved the show. For what the story was, I thought the show was good but it did not blow me away. It did follow the story of the movie very closely but, the show seemed to drag on and the songs did not give the actors the opportunity to show their range. The set pieces were elaborate and I love the background lighting but the spotlights were not my favorite. Overall, I'm glad… Continue

Added by Olivia Haan on March 12, 2017 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Tis a Puzzlement

On Tuesday February 28, 2017, the Lincoln Center Theater Production of the 2015 Tony winning revival of "The King and I" on tour premiered at the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis. In this old story western and eastern culture clash represented with simplicity through a English governess and her experiences.

Laura Michelle…
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Added by Gabriela Leovan on March 7, 2017 at 11:10pm — 1 Comment

The King and I: Is it over yet?

If I had brought my father along to "The King and I", I can guarantee he would be asleep within the first 10 minutes of this production. I found myself turning to a friend next to me and asking, "How soon is intermission?", something incredibly unusual for someone as appreciative of theatre as me. An incredibly slow moving plot with little advancement in one story, serious lack of flow, and questionably applied connotations to assimilation mixed with a three hour performance was… Continue

Added by Euphrosyne Daoutidou on March 7, 2017 at 12:21am — No Comments

Should I Tell You What I Think Of You?: A Review of The King and I

The King and I is a poorly fleshed out version of the Sound of Music, except it is set in Siam, rather than Austria. Written also by Rogers and HammersteinThe King and I struggles to be as timelessly entertaining as their other shows. It’s the story of an English teacher, Anna (Laura Michelle Kelly), who moves to Siam (Modern day Thailand) to teach the harem and children of the King of Siam (Jose Llana). Anna…

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Added by Kate Lawless on March 6, 2017 at 9:19pm — No Comments

Should I Tell You What I Think Of You?: A Review of The King and I

The King and I is a poorly fleshed out version of the Sound of Music, except it is set in Siam, rather than Austria. Written also by Rogers and HammersteinThe King and I struggles to be as timelessly entertaining as their other shows. It’s the story of an English teacher, Anna (Laura Michelle Kelly), who moves to Siam (Modern day Thailand) to teach the harem and children of the King of Siam (Jose Llana). Anna…

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Added by Kate Lawless on March 6, 2017 at 9:19pm — No Comments

Getting to Know The King and I

The King and I, one of many successful pieces created by the duo Rodgers and Hammerstein, is based off of Margaret Landon’s 1944 novel Anna and the King of Siam, which is derived from the memoirs of Anna Leonowens, the governess to the children of King Mongkut of Siam in the 1860s. In similar fashion, the musical tells the story of Anna and her relationship with the King of Siam as he attempts to bring the influence of the Western world to…

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Added by Claire Karges on March 6, 2017 at 6:02pm — No Comments

I whistled a happy tune

Walking into a theatre knowing how famous and important the show you are about to watch tends to give you lots of expectations. The King and I didn't fit any of mine. It was a very well done show with lots of talent although at times it felt like a slow storyline to follow. The King and I opened on Broadway on March 29th, 1951 with lots of eager eyes. It is a show based off of…

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Added by Ananda Cordova Stuart on March 5, 2017 at 6:04pm — No Comments

Divine Rhythm

On Friday February 17, 2017, Shen Yun Performing Arts Company unveiled its show in the Minneapolis Orpheum Theater. Unable to perform in its own country the company of Shen Yun travels the world educating the willing about authentic Chinese dance and culture.

Those who do not know what to expect from the show get dazzled…
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Added by Gabriela Leovan on March 5, 2017 at 1:51pm — No Comments

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