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It's the One

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,…


Added by Annika Ronning on May 8, 2016 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments

Olympus Has Risen

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…


Added by Larissa Milles on May 8, 2016 at 8:58pm — 2 Comments

Gimme Gimme more of Millie

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…


Added by Annika Ronning on May 6, 2016 at 4:31pm — 1 Comment

A spoon full of sugar was all it took


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,…


Added by Annika Ronning on April 30, 2016 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

Love is in the Air

It's hard to watch a production knowing it has not reached its full potential. It's difficult to see a show and all the effort put in from the actors as well as all the technicians but still not able to reach their full capacity due to the environment in which they are given to perform. Is it possible to blame the stage and the funding for not giving the audience the full experience?

DeLaSalle High School is an interesting place to perform. In the absence of an auditorium, the caved… Continue

Added by Martha Broadnax on April 28, 2016 at 9:58am — 1 Comment

Well...I'm Sold!

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…


Added by Noah Coon on April 24, 2016 at 11:29pm — 1 Comment

Smooth as an Earthquake Can Be

An emotional and soapbox piece that spans three different time periods, interweaving the stories of three sisters and their friends and families would seem like quite an ambitious project for an Undergraduate theater department. Most of the lofty requirements for a show such as Earthquakes in London are met by the talented students in the University of Minnesota BFA Program. Entering the intimate and minimalistic theatre space that is the Dowling Studio at the Guthrie Theatre, I did not… Continue

Added by Julian Spencer on April 19, 2016 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat has a long history in theatre production the musical has been around for years, and the story itself dates all the way back to the story of Joseph from the Bible's Book of Genesis. The upbeat, inspiring show follows a group of twelve Isralite brothers who sell their youngest brother, and their father's favorite son, Joseph to a group of Ishmaelites, who took him off to Egypt. Before he was sold off, Jacob was given a multicolor coat of various colors… Continue

Added by Martha Broadnax on April 17, 2016 at 11:31am — No Comments

If You Want to See a Good Show, Then Don't go See If/Then

Life is very much all about the choices you make. Deciding between right and wrong, following your head or your heart, being courageous or following the rules, are all challenges each person faces. We often look back on the choices we have made and wonder what would have happened if we chose a different path or made a different decision. We wonder how those variations would have changed the outcome of life events. These ideas are at the heart of If/Then. This contemporary musical follows… Continue

Added by Martha Broadnax on April 17, 2016 at 11:28am — No Comments


Theater Latté Da is back at it again. This time with their production of Gypsy. Gypsy is loosely based on Gypsy: A Memoir by Gypsy Rose Lee. The show follows a mother's persistent desire to make her children stars in the world of show business, especially vaudeville. Although vaudeville's prescience is quickly fading, Mama Rose (Michelle Barber) still will do whatever it takes to make her children, Louise and June (Cat Brindisi and Shinah Brashears), but especially, June, famous through… Continue

Added by Martha Broadnax on April 17, 2016 at 11:25am — No Comments

Let Yourself Be Entertained

Karina Karbo-Wright


Let Yourself Be Entertained

Many things about Gypsy made the show a phenomenal. The love the cast had for each other, the mother-daughter casted as Rose and Louise, and the Minnesotan cast made the show a personal experience for the audience. The classic Broadway show Gypsy focuses on the life of Mama Rose and her two star-bound daughters. The story follows the real-life journey of seemly Baby June and her path to fame before taking an… Continue

Added by Karina Karbo-Wright on April 10, 2016 at 12:30am — 1 Comment

A Classic That Fell Short

Gypsy, showing at the Pantages in Minneapolis, follows the life of Mama Rose and her two children June and Louise. Mama Rose (Michelle Barber), whose hunger for fame has been imposed upon her children, travels around the country setting up shows for her daughters on the Vaudeville circuit. While Baby June takes the spotlight in these short performances, Louise accompanies her with the other boys in the chorus. The show fast forwards to a now grown up June and Louise,…


Added by Anna Harris on April 2, 2016 at 9:11pm — No Comments

Poor, Poor Costumes

      Presented by Troika Entertainment LLC, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat has taken over the Orpheum stage and will continue its run until April third. The Biblically based story of is set in a frame in which a narrator is telling the story of Joseph. Joseph's brothers are jealous of him for his coat, a symbol of their father's preference for him. It is clear from Joseph's dreams that he is destined to rule over them. To get rid of him and prevent the dreams from…


Added by Ryan Lenard on April 1, 2016 at 7:55pm — 1 Comment

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, created by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, opened on Broadway in 1982. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat…


Added by Devyn Terry on April 1, 2016 at 4:00pm — No Comments

The Narrator and the Boring Dull Chorus

George Mulder

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

The Narrator and the Boring Dull Chorus

            Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat has held a special place in the hearts of many people throughout the last few decades. The 2016 National Tour exhibited that Joseph is a dying musical. It plays at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis until April 3rd. Though an inexperienced theatre-goer may enjoy it (your 7…


Added by George Mulder on April 1, 2016 at 12:01pm — 1 Comment

Joseph and the (Semi) Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a classic musical created by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice based off of the bible story of Joseph and his brothers. The production currently playing at the Orpheum Theatre took this timeless show and turned it into something that was difficult to recognize. The show was so flashy and had so much going on that it was hard to make sense of anything on the stage. It was all over the top, to say the…


Added by Alyssa Huete on March 31, 2016 at 10:48pm — 1 Comment

Go, Go, Go See Joseph

           Watching projected dreams of an actor during the overture I too began to drift into the pale yellow shroud of dreaming. Even as the narrator, Laura Helm, began cueing the show, her sing-song tone compelled me to escape into the picture book-like world of the ever popular Bible story, The Coat of Many Colors, about Joseph who can interpret dreams. Modernized to match the changing times, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat opened its six day…


Added by Anika Besst on March 31, 2016 at 9:53pm — 3 Comments

No, No, No Joseph

         Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a throwback to one of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s first works. I thoroughly enjoyed the music and was impressed by the innovative approach on the show, but it got kind of strange.  Visually, Joseph was fun to look at…until I…


Added by Jolie Olson on March 31, 2016 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

Any (Other) Dream Will Do

To say the least, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a flamboyant show. It is based on the biblical story of Joseph; driven by jealousy that is fueled by their father’s favoritism, Joseph’s brothers steal his rainbow-colored coat and sell him to Ishmaelites who take him to Egypt. From there, Joseph follows his destiny and finds success within the struggle. The show first premiered in 1968 and lasted only fifteen minutes. since then, Tim Rice…


Added by Nina Afremov on March 31, 2016 at 7:38pm — 1 Comment

Joseph brings color to Minneapolis

By Clare Judge


Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is currently playing at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis. This musical tells the story of a young man named Joseph who has 11 brothers and is the favorite of his father. His brothers are fed up with the special treatment that Joseph is receiving so they decide to get rid of him. They return home thinking they have killed him but little do they know he is still alive and has been sold into…


Added by Clare Judge on March 31, 2016 at 7:17pm — 2 Comments


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