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I Love Lucy... But not on Stage

I'll be the first one to admit that I love Lucy. I really do. I mean, don't we all? "I Love Lucy", starring groundbreaking comedienne Lucille Ball, was once an essential part of nearly every American's Monday nights and, frankly, calling the smash hit iconic would be an understatement. Lucille's unmatched spunk and charming chemistry with husband Desi Arnaz had Americans tuning in every week, and who could blame them? Even today, 40 million people still watch I Love Lucy reruns per year,…


Added by Allie Hatch on January 23, 2015 at 1:04am — 1 Comment

“I Love Lucy Live on Stage" as Seen by a Millennial

I Love Lucy Live on Stage

Grace Peterson

I Love Lucy Live on Stage as Seen by a Millennial

            Lucy, Ricky,…


Added by Grace Peterson on January 22, 2015 at 9:32pm — 3 Comments

Lucy Lovers Will Love "Lucy Live" But "Lucy Live" Lacks (Creative) License

I Love Lucy Live On Stage is exactly what it sounds like: the lights go down in 2015, and when they come back up again we are transported to the Desilu Playhouse in 1952 to watch the filming of iconic comedy show "I Love Lucy".  Audience members are presented with two full episodes of "Lucy": "The Benefit" and "Lucy Has Her Eyes Examined".  I remember watching "I Love…


Added by Kathleen T. WIllard on January 22, 2015 at 9:33pm — 1 Comment

Lost In Translation

Lost, confused,and a terrible idea is what defines “I Love Lucy” Live on Stage. It was recently shown at the Orpheum this past week in Minneapolis. This below average play brings the iconic roles on the TV show of the same to your local theater. In this two hour one act “play” you get to see the filming of two famous episodes with the name of “The Benefit” and “Lucy Has Her Eyes Examined”. It was as if you were on a Universal Studios interactive ride that doesn’t allow you to…


Added by Jack Bonko on January 22, 2015 at 9:24pm — 1 Comment

I Loved Lucy...Not so Much Everything Else

Every now and again people need some reminiscent and light-hearted comedy. I Love Lucy Live on Stage at the State Theater through January 25 provides just that. The classic duo originated by Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz comes to life in this stage rendition. While the 1950’s humor may be a little tame for today’s modern audiences, the classic appeal of yesteryear bridges this generational gap.

The stage adaptation takes place on set of I Love Lucy. Audience members are…


Added by Taylor Leighton on January 22, 2015 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

I Like Lucy

Annika Peterson

“I Love Lucy” Live on Stage

As I walked into the beautiful and cozy State Theater on Tuesday January 20, all I could think about was homework and my upcoming finals. I was thoroughly hoping that “I Love Lucy” would help take my mind off my studies. In short, the show didn’t do this. I wasn’t very engaged and found my thoughts wandering periodically. The show was based off of the T.V…


Added by Annika Peterson on January 22, 2015 at 7:51pm — 1 Comment

I Love Lucy Review

Karina Strom

I Love Lucy Live on Stage


                                                            I Love Lucy

            I Love Lucy Live on Stage at the State Theatre in Minneapolis was a disappointment to many on Tuesday night. Instead of the play just being a remake of the show transferred onto a stage, the whole performance was set up like the…


Added by Karina Strom on January 22, 2015 at 6:42pm — 1 Comment

Lucy Puts on a Delightful Show!

When the original “I Love Lucy” began airing in the 1950s, it brought something new to the screen that people had rarely seen before: A comedy led by a…


Added by Jane Pena on January 22, 2015 at 12:46am — 1 Comment

The Supreme Temptation to Dance to Motown

From The Marvelettes' perfectly coiffed wigs to the blindingly shined black shoes of the Contours, Motown was a musical where attention to detail reigned supreme. It was a musical that combined historical accuracy with entertainment - a feat that most of Hollywood struggles to achieve. With the gifted…


Added by Alison Grausam on December 18, 2014 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

One ticket to Hitsville, please!

On December 16th, the seats of the Orpheum Theatre were filled with eager audience members ready to live, or re-live, the thrilling sounds of Motown. Motown the Musical will be transforming Minneapolis into the fast paced and inspiring town of Hitsville, U.S.A from December 16-28th. This exhilarating show takes audience members back in time to the 50s and 60s, allowing them to join their favorite Motown artists on their…


Added by Maya Richardson on December 18, 2014 at 11:20pm — 2 Comments


Was the Motown era before your time? No problem. For those of us who didn’t get a chance to live through this portion of our nation’s history, Motown the Musical provides an astoundingly realistic depiction sure to transport any viewer to this defining…


Added by Sydney Larson on December 18, 2014 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

Motown Really Got a Hold on Me

Motown has a certain energy about it, I left  feeling enlivened and wondering where this music had been all my life. The show made me feel connected to the songs and the people that created them.  Dropping you right into Motown through a balance between fun music and historical context, the show follows Berry Gordy and the artists of Motown from the late 1950’s to the early 1980’s. Along this journey you experience the ups and downs of Motown. From the joy of first number one…


Added by Anne Boatman on December 18, 2014 at 10:09pm — 1 Comment

People Are Racist - Motown Can Help

Motown had the opportunity of a lifetime - to really emphasize the extent that black culture and history has had an impact on contemporary music. They didn't take it. That's not to say that this celebration of Motown music didn't showcase spectacular music from across the board, it just didn't take it as far as it could have gone. This show still needs to appeal to the majority white theatergoers who will be the driving force of ticket sales. If Motown were to attempt to only draw in…


Added by Zoë Makila on December 19, 2014 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

Get Your Groove On!

On opening night of Motown the Musical at the Orpheum Theatre, the last show I had witnessed at the Orpheum was Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, which hit Minneapolis just as the jury verdict hit Ferguson.  With unfortunate timing to boot, White Christmas had lived up to its name.  I was ready for a more colorful show.  I was not disappointed.…


Added by Kathleen T. WIllard on December 19, 2014 at 12:30am — 1 Comment

A Night on the Town with Motown

             Motown the Musical is playing at the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis through December 28 and you do not want to miss it. Motown was an American record company founded in 1959 by Berry Gordy. Gordy went from dreaming of boxing to launching the careers of some of the most well-known artists of all time, such as the Supremes, Smokey Robinson, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, and many more. This show follows the story of Motown, specifically focusing on Gordy’s relationships with many…


Added by Jenna Fischer on December 19, 2014 at 12:05am — 1 Comment

Motown Review

George Mulder


I Heard It Through the Grapevine That Motown is Amazing

What do you think of when you hear Motown? The 70s? Detroit? Berry Gordy? All of these things are present in Motown The Musical. It is the story of how Motown (short for “Motor Town” a.k.a. Detroit) came to be. Filled with 60 songs from Diana Ross, The Jackson 5, Smokey Robinson and more, this show is bound to make you dance in your seat.

The talent in Motown was phenomenal.…


Added by George Mulder on December 19, 2014 at 12:01am — 3 Comments

Tonight's Hits- A Play-By-Play of Thoughts Regarding "Mowtown The Musical"

Top 15 Charts-December 2014

15. “Ain’t Too Proud To Admit My Semi-Inappropriate Love For Up-And-Coming Star Reed L. Shannon”

14. “ ‘Ain’t No Audience Spirit High Enough’ to Compete With the Joyful Hoots and Hollers of These Middle Aged and Drunken Patrons”

13. “A B…


Added by Lizzie Esposito on December 18, 2014 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments

Motown: Dancing in Their Seats!

Camryn Schake


Motown: Dancing in Their Seats!

To be frank, I had no clue what I was getting myself into when I entered the Orpheum Theatre on December 16th, a Tuesday night, to see Motown the musical. The only thing people provided me about the show was how much they loved the music. I tried searching for a bit of story in the playbill,…


Added by Camryn Schake on December 18, 2014 at 11:30pm — 3 Comments

A ‘Supreme’ Show

What the world needs now is glitter, sequins and a bit more glitter. There isn’t enough shimmering in shows these days. Next to Normal? Nary a twinkle. Spring Awakening? Less gleam and more child abuse. Once? Less sparkle than a room full of burlap bags. Good thing for the theatre community, Motown brought not only the shimmer but the funk. A show was packed to the brim with exiting and iconic songs, and it wowed with its creativity and precision.  Motown, now at the Minneapolis…


Added by Mary Katherine Fiala on December 18, 2014 at 9:27pm — 1 Comment


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