Rent is the story of a group of New York City artists fighting the effect AIDS has on their community and imperfectly loving one another. Actually, the plot is a lot more complicated than that and the opening numbers don't really establish the complicated histories of each character, so the production has conveniently provided a character relationships and description map on page 10 of the Playbill.
The 20th anniversary production of Jonathon Larson's Rent is definitely…Continue
If you’re looking for a show that will get you rocking out in your seat, drying tears from your face, then rocking out again, Rent is the show for you! Based on the opera La Boheme, Rent takes place in the early 1990s and follows a group of actors who are trying to make ends meet. Including LGBTQ characters and the presence of HIV/AIDS in the community, there are many serious themes and represented; especially at the…Continue
The King and I, based on the 1944 novel “Anna and the King of Siam, by Margaret Landon, tells the story of Anna Leonowens (Laura Michelle Kelly) and her son as they arrive in Siam. Anna has been hired to be a teacher for The King of Siam’s children and wives in a epic clash of cultures and opinions. The relationship between The King of Siam (Jose Llana) and Anna is comparable to a choreographed tug-of-war and is portrayed through spectacular acting.…Continue
Not to state the obvious, but three hours is quite a long musical. Which is why I was so surprised when The King and I ended and I found myself wishing for more. The King and I, playing at the Orpheum Theatre from February 28 through March 5, tells the story of Anna…Continue
This iconic musical is well known for its Film Adaptation in 1956, but The King and I made its debut on Broadway in 1951, based on the Margaret Landon's novel Anna and the King of Siam. Between 1952 and 2015, the musical has won awards time and time again and has been nominated an innumerable amount of times. The plot remains timeless and timely as two people of different cultures strive to understand the other in a rapidly…Continue
With the coveted Tony Awards for Best Musical and Best Revival to its name, The King and I is yet another show in the Minneapolis Orpheum’s 2016-2017 season that garnered high expectations before it even hit the stage. And, much like its predecessors, it does not disappoint.
Based off Margaret Landon’s novel Anna and the King of Siam (which was based off…Continue
The King and I
“I am Confused”
We have all seen Disney movies. The castle in the beginning with the whimsical music played over it. The beautiful animation that allows each character to be unique and exquisite purely because of the way lines on paper are shaped. The King and I, directed by…Continue
The Broadway revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “The King and I” came to the Orpheum Theater this past Tuesday, but despite being a revival, the musical lacked some much needed reviving. “The King and I” originated as a movie in the 1950s and is set back in civil war era Siam. While some may argue that the message transcends cultures and time, nothing is more out of date than colonization and the stripping a nation of it’s culture. The production’s plot consists of Anna Leonowens (Laura…Continue
The King and I, playing at the Orpheum February 28th - March 5th, takes you to 1862 Bangkok where King Mongkut of Siam is hiring English teacher Anna Leonowens to instruct his many children and wives. Musical theatre has adapted to fit the times, but this show, originally opening on Broadway in 1951, has been through decades. I entered the theater expecting a bit of a dull show, but was pleasantly surprised by its charm. The music wasn’t anything extraordinary,…Continue
Going into Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I, I was worried about an overarching message of the superiority Western culture and an ignorance towards East Asian culture within the show. I was happily surprised to find that although the show premiered in 1951, it contains some progressive themes and represents the culture of Siam in a way that displays nuance and general understanding. Based off the novel by Margaret Landon, which was adapted…Continue
The tour of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I that showed at the Orpheum Theater this past Tuesday was a refreshing recreation of a production that has historically relied on stereotyping and exoticization to represent the “Far East”. Director Barlett Shar and the rest of the artistic team used authentic costuming, set design, and dance to represent the culture of Siam in a way that was respectful and honest. Because the show was not bogged…Continue
Based on the 1944 novel by Margaret Landon, Rodgers & Hammerstein's, “The King And I” includes a fantastic story line, a dazzling score, and a gorgeous set. This show is set in 1860’s and follows the story of a widow named Anna, who sails from her home in England to Siam. In Siam, she serves as a schoolteacher to the royal children of Siam; as a mother-figure, she teaches them about the current political changes in the…Continue
Roger’s and Hammerstein’s “The King and I”, set in the 1860s, follows Anna Leonowens on her new life in Siam as a school teacher to the King’s children. She serves as a mother figure and worldly advisor for the children and people of the kingdom who are naive to the King’s false teachings of the world.
Unproudly, I hardly know any classical musicals so I went into this relatively unfamiliar, knowing only what I had learned from rehearsal videos…Continue
Some of the most popular musicals written follow the story of two people coming from completely opposite lifestyles, butting heads, and eventually finding peace. Containing some of the most well-known songs in musical theater to this day, The Lincoln Center’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I proves to rightfully be amongst those popular shows. Set in the 1860’s, British schoolteacher Anna Leonowens moves to Siam to teach the…Continue
In the American musical theatre canon, the works of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II are often lauded as some of the greatest pieces of theatre. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s pieces are classic archetypical musical productions, 1951's The King and I included. The Lincoln Center Theater’s Tony Award winning revival production of the classic show is filled with exuberance from both the cast and the technical elements. Directed by Bartlett Sher, this production is able to take a…Continue
With contagious music from ABBA and an enjoyable story, it’s no wonder hit musical Mamma Mia! is making its 8th appearance in Minneapolis. Mamma Mia!, directed by Phyllida Lloyd, follows the story of Sophie Sheridan and her journey to discover which of three men is her father, after she invites all of them to her wedding in…Continue
Based on the 1992 Warner Brothers film, The Bodyguard is . . . let’s see . . . over the top? It’s melodramatic plot weakens its platform in reality, and the poorly developed characters have the logic of distressed teenagers in a low budget horror movie. Despite all this, there’s a reason it has gained publicity and adoration from audiences since its debut in 2012 at the Adelphi Theatre in London’s West End: the music. The film, featuring Whitney…Continue
Everyone loves Whitney Houston. But, for me, at least, even an iconic song list full of her greatest hits couldn’t save The Bodyguard. Playing at the Orpheum Theatre from January 10 through January 15, The Bodyguard tells the story of superstar Rachel Marron (Deborah Cox) and her newly appointed…Continue
The Bodyguard, a 1992 film, now joins the ranks of the countless other films which have been remodeled into musical extravaganzas for the stage. Originally starring Whitney Houston, the film follows pop star sensation Rachel Marron as she struggles to protect her family and herself from an assassin who leaves her mysterious and threatening letters. In order to do so, a new bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to tighten up security. Rachel feels that following his new…Continue
After beginning its 2016-2017 season with three knockout shows in a row, the Orpheum theater seemed to be on something of a winning streak. Unfortunately, The Bodyguard, the latest installment, has broken that streak. With a muddy storyline and overall confusing stylistic choices, it fails to live up to its predecessors as a cohesive piece.
The Bodyguard chronicles the…Continue