The classic tale of young orphan girl Annie and her quest to discover family makes its way to the Orpheum Theatre showing now through April 5th. Under the dreadful supervision of Miss Hannigan (Lynn Andrews), Annie (Issie Swickle) and her orphan companions are constantly plotting to escape their dreadful lives in the orphanage. Although Annie fails to be reunited with her true parents, she finds solace in the home of billionaire Oliver Warbucks (Gilgamesh Taggett) upon his decision to adopt…Continue
In the midst of our nation’s worst depression struggling Americans unite in Hoovervilles scavenging for resources to survive. Political leaders searched similarly for solutions, but not in a similar setting. A broad-shouldered, bald man enters to face the president and his emotionally glum cabinet dressed in dull shades hand-in-hand with an eleven-year-old girl. Wearing a white dress showing bright blue accenting, this contrastingly cheery red head is able to completely transform a…Continue
I entered the Orpheum Theater without any prior knowledge to the show Annie other than that it has the iconic number “Tomorrow” and Annie’s red dress. I expected the show to be a family-friendly festival of cuteness. It was. The classic story follows an 11-year old orphan named Annie who lives in an orphanage with seven other children who all suffer under the evil Miss Hannigan. She is “adopted” by a rich billionaire for two weeks and goes to…Continue
From children moping around and mopping floors to Annie leading the FDR's office in optimistic song- inspiring the New Deal. Annie, playing at the Orpheum Theater until April 5th, does a great job of mixing in sarcastic throw backs to our countries history (specifically in politics) while still making it a fun show for kids. While some accents did not come across as effective and stage blocking was lacking in many scenes, it was an enjoyable rendition of a classic show that many…Continue
When you are preparing for a show, you are given blocking by your director. Blocking that may feel awkward, but you have to abide to either way. You learn to make it feel natural. The movements in this production of Annie were left raw and unpolished. Nothing about this production seemed natural to me. The orphan’s voices were painfully forced to the point where I’d blame my migraine on them. These sad attempts at making everyone…Continue
A grey scale of shanty houses and a bowl of stew heating over a garbage can, were shaddowed overhead by an impressive silhouette of the Brooklyn bridge, which seemed to reach out into the audience. A grey scale, overtaken by the optimism that belonged to a familiar little-red headed girl. Smart, sassy, and always dressed with a smile, Annie (played by Issie Swickle) could sing her way into any audience member’s heart. This image of a broken America was one of the fabulous…Continue
Ta-da! In the elegant arches of the Orpheum’s grand proscenium lies a show that is seemingly too big for the stage. From the smallest atom of the painted scrims to the furrowed brow of Daddy Warbucks, Annie uses all aspects of theatre in order to keep this ancient show alive and kicking.
Annie is considered by…Continue
A Musical Classic Comes Back
What brings together a 90 year old comic strip, smiling children, nine theater awards, fun optimistic music and rags to riches story? Annie! Annie tells the story of an orphan (Annie) in 1930’s New York City and…Continue
Annie and the Orpheum theater on Tuesday night may have been entertaining for the smallest of children and those few die hard Annie fans, but for everyone else, the show was a disaster. Everyone seemed to have high expectations for this show, but with unimpressive non union performances and a small, misdirected cast, they were let…Continue
“It’s a hard knock life for us.” If us means the audience, then yes. Annie is the story of an orphan who wants nothing more than to find a family. In order to get what she wants, she ditches her friends, her dog, and even Mr. Warbucks for a couple who…Continue
I Love Lucy, Live on Stage
Who’s the real star of this funny show?
I love everything about the 1950’s. The movies, music, dress, TV shows, everything. I love Lucy was very refreshing to see onstage. Each catchy jingle from the 50’s was played as a musical theater performance through a talented ensemble cast. As we became a part of the show as the studio audience of the taped episodes, I felt like I was really there, watching…Continue
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Welcome to A Midsummer’s Night Dream. Wait, no. A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream. Not quite. Oh yes, A Midsummer Night’s Dream! This timeless play is one that has been interpreted, reinterpreted, misinterpreted, and mispronounced through the ages. From the…Continue
I found myself struggling to not doze off for a good portion of this production of Beauty and the Beast. The quirky gestures and jokes were painfully forced. I would compare a majority of the first act as stale as a cheez-it that was left out for a month.
I felt as if I was seeing two shows at once. I came to see Beauty and the Beast, but felt like I was…Continue
Added by Lexi Torrez on March 14, 2015 at 11:57pm — No Comments
A Heartwarming Beauty
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
From March 10th to March 15th, Broadway musical “Beauty and the Beast” is coming to Minnesota at the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis! The show is overall touching and has the original Disney vitality. It seems everyone has a soft spot for Old Disney, and it can be easily assumed that the…Continue
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
Beauty and the Beast is a “Tale as Old as Time.” As one of my favorite fairy tales I was hoping for the best. Unfortunately it did not meet my expectations. Beauty and the Beast is showing at the Orpheum Theatre through March 15. The show follows the story of Belle, an intelligent, beautiful, young woman who feels she does not belong in her little village. After her father is captured by a terrifying beast she chooses…Continue
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Excited chatter spread through a sea of people, who were no taller than four feet and wearing yellow princess dresses. The show was made to please the majority of its audience; young children, and it definitely did it's job. However, for the older members of the audience, it was a slight miss. Beauty and the Beast is a Disney classic that follows Belle, a studious girl who looks past outer beauty and eventually falls in love with the Beast. To the avid Disney lover and young…Continue
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Beauty and the Beast
I had high hopes for the live production of Disney’s Beauty and Beast at the Orpheum Theater. Beauty and the Beast is personally one of my favorite Disney stories, a spunky book-loving protagonist who falls in love with a scary-looking but well-meaning beast/prince, complete with great songs, spooky castles, and talking furniture! What more could you want from a classic Disney movie? But the performance I saw on stage…Continue
Everyone knows Beauty and The Beast: it's a classic. Warmhearted, misfit girl defeats the status quo, learns a lesson or two in the process, and ends up with the love of her life. Unfortunately, upon seeing a performance of this "tale as old as time" at The Orpheum Theatre (playing now through March 15th), that's all it was to me: an old story with a cute plot line which was mildly entertaining, but definitely nothing special.
I will admit that my expectations were a bit higher for…Continue
Added by Fiona Hannan on March 13, 2015 at 9:07pm — No Comments