Currently showing at the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota is Pippin the musical. Pippin is the story of a man named Pippin that is trying to find…Continue
The show starts with the announcement that they’re going to have a show. It comes as no surprise when they continue onstage for the next two acts, having a show. Pippin is the concurrent narrative of Pippin, a mostly fictionalized prince seeking fulfillment in addition to an occasionally unpolished troupe putting on the show of a…Continue
Pippin is the full package -- beautiful set, atmospheric lighting, glitzy costumes, hypnotic music and--the cherry on top--insanely entertaining circus acts.The show revolves around a fresh out of college Pippin, a prince who dreams of finding something he was born to do and be extraordinary at, all while dealing with his aggravated father and greedy stepmother. Full of humor and sexual innuendos, Pippin’s story intertwines with circus acts, all orchestrated by the Lead…Continue
When The Leading Player’s shadow filled the curtain that separated the audience from the magic that we were about to witness, my only thought was “this is going to be good”. It’s such an insignificant thing, and yet it can say so much about where the show will take you.
The curtains were snatched away and the overwhelming sight of contortion and color was revealed like a jump in…Continue
“What just happened?” was the thought that first crossed my mind when Pippin concluded. Easily one of the most complex and confusing shows I have ever seen, Pippin truly left me wondering what was going on when the lights went down for the last time. Complex and confusing are not inherently bad traits, however, and Pippin was a very enjoyable, and very stunning show. The show follows the story of Pippin, son of Charlemagne, as he searches for true happiness. This story is…Continue
Bursting with color and joy, the cast of the national tour of Pippin took the stage at the Orpheum Theatre this past Tuesday. The story follows a young man in his journey through life to find meaning; running into some bumps and bruises along the way to self-discovery. With returning members from the original and Broadway revival of the show, the sheer amount of talent in the cast is inconceivable. From the moment the curtain drops at the beginning of the show,…Continue
Not many shows combine the coming-of-age story of a member of the ruling family in the Holy Roman Empire and a visit to a lascivious grandma who is simultaneously a life coach and trapeze artist. However, Pippin, at the Orpheum through February 22, is one of them. The show is jam-packed with fun, from outstanding trapeze and acrobatic work to witty sexual innuendoes, all of which will leave the audience amazed.
The Broadway revival of this famed work…Continue
Dickens’ classic literature is brilliantly demonstrated through Theater Latte Da’s “Oliver!” at the Pantages Theater. The show preview on Wednesday demonstrated the unique talent of the actors and an unexpected grip on the audience’s emotions.
The show started out impressively with an adorable choir of small boys, singing the classic “Food, Glorious Food”. The talent started there and never seemed to end. Oliver himself, played by Nate Turcotte, portrayed the innocent yet spunky…Continue
One month prior to seeing the Broadway Reimagined production of Oliver!, I and other Critical Review writers participated in a dance workshop with Oliver! choreographer Michael Matthew Ferrell. His energy filled the whole room; the workshop made me want to take up dance again. As it turned out, so did Oliver!.
For those who are unfamiliar with the play, Broadway’s Oliver! is based on Charles Dickens’ "Oliver Twist", a novel…Continue
When attending live theatre it is my personal hope to be thoroughly engaged; to be drawn into a story, a life; to feel as though what I’m seeing is real. Unfortunately in Theater Latté Da and Hennepin Theatre Trust’s collaborative production of Oliver! that was not exactly the case for their first show. Oliver! is the theatrical adaptation of the novel Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, which follows the occurrences in the life of a young orphan in London. What made this specific…Continue
Oliver! Got Steampunk’d!
Hennepin Theatre Trust and Theater Latté Da collaborate…Continue
Oliver! is a collaboration between Theater Latte Da and the Hennepin Theater Trust, it is the latest in the Broadway Re-Imagined series. Oliver! is adapted from the classic Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist. The story follows the life of a young Orphan named Oliver Twist through the streets of London. We first meet Oliver in a workhouse run by Mr. Bumble (James Ramlet). The most famous line from Oliver, is also the starting point for the plot. Oliver’s adventures lead him to…Continue
As the curtain begins to rise you get a mood for the rest of the show. First impressions are important. You’ve been told that by many people that they’re important, correct? The begging of a play sets a momentum an audience member can love or hate. Sadly, this bullet point was missing in the cast of Oliver from Theater Latte Da’s performance at the Pantages Theatre in Minneapolis. Oliver is a classic tale by Charles Dickens that explains the story of an orphan boy. His life…Continue
A classic story, strong voices, plot-enhancing choreography, adorable children, stunning set, and beautiful costumes are all to be found at Theater Latté Da’s production of Oliver!, so what could possibly be missing? The unfortunate answer: the presentation by and depth of most of the actors. This production seemed to focus too much on its own “twists” on the classic show, which distracted from the story itself and lost much of the powerful and moving story. In addition to the dull…Continue
Orphans and musical theater are the ultimate duo. From Annie to Newsies, there is no doubt that the classic story of an orphan rising to the occasion has brought audiences to tears wondering, “Where is love?” Theater Latté Da’s invigorating performance of Oliver! takes the stage with its fresh new steam-punk twist to the classic tale of a lonely boy who gets caught up in a crowd picking-a-pocket or two.
From the moment the curtain goes up, the…Continue
Theatre Latte Da’s adaptation of…Continue
“Oliver!” is considered by many to be a classic musical, but Theater Latté Da’s production of “Oliver!” has a few “Twists” to it. Peter Rothstein (Director), Michael Mathew Ferrell (Choreographer), and Denise Prosek (Music Director) have managed to create a steam punk version of “Oliver!” that will totally stun you.
Immediately walking out of OLIVER! by Theatre Latte Da, I could have made a mile-long list of things that were wrong with the production, but in the following days, I felt Punk’d, like Theatre Latte Da had managed to play a trick on me. I found myself humming “Consider Yourself” and “Pick a Pocket or Two.” I longed for Oliver’s world of steampunk gears and goggles. So there’s good news and bad news for OLIVER!.
Bad news first. The…Continue