Motown The Musical instantly fills the Orpheum theater in downtown Minneapolis with sound and energy. This show is a full body experience. From the music that rushes through you, making any audience member want to move their feet, to the heart warming/wrenching moments around creating change and standing up for racial justice. Motown The Musical leaves nothing to complain about besides some minor technical difficulties and a stumble here and there, which can be attributed to it being…Continue
During the musical Motown, now at the Minneapolis Orpheum Theater through December 28, Motown recording legend Berry Gordy recounts his triumph with the Motown…Continue
White Christmas. The seemingly redundant title that promises simplicity and holiday cheer. The average American is all too familiar with the 1954 movie musical classic, starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye. This is a show that is best enjoyed with family and while sipping hot cocoa. The production at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, follows Bob Wallace and Phil Davis, veterans of the Second World War turned powerhouse performing duo (played by James Clow and Jeremy Benton). The story…Continue
In a state where snow began it’s residency in early November, long before officially being winter, it seems as though many Minnesotans aren’t dreaming of a white Christmas just yet. As Irving Berlin’s White Christmas: The Musical takes the stage at the Orpheum, with opening night prior to Thanksgiving and closing night sooner than the month of December, it has it’s work cut out to spread holiday…Continue
In the spirit of holiday integrity, I try to disavow all Christmas frenzy before Thanksgiving. In a serious breach of my self discipline, I saw White Christmas in time to tell my family gathered Thanksgiving not to see it. In search for a metaphor, I compare White Christmas to reheated turkey: the glamor is gone and now you lovelessly consume it.
White Christmas is a spectacle. The singing and…Continue
On the night of November 25th, 2014, I attended a showing of “White Christmas” at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis. It was well before Christmas, and the city was already coated in white.
White Christmas, the stage adaptation of Irving Berlin’s movie musical, is “about two army-turned-showbiz buddies who put on a…Continue
White Christmas is a feel-good, classic nineteen-fifties story, chalk full of corny jokes and familiar tropes, and uplifting songs that won’t stick in your head. I found myself able to clearly see the story’s path ahead, and unengaged.
The story of White Christmas in itself was uplifting, nostalgic, heartwarming. It portrays a story of love, and the American dream. But it does a poor job. America is not made up of white people dancing and singing with one dark-skinned woman in…
Tuesday evening at the Orpheum theatre I saw Irving Berlin's aptly named "White Christmas" expecting something drenched in cheese but entertaining all the same. I was right about the former, but was sadly disappointed in the latter. The show was mediocre at best and boring at worst. The story is of two World War Two veterans putting on a show in a hotel in 1954, told classic broadway-style with jazz hands and giant feather fans. There was nothing wrong with it, in terms of…Continue
Cheese sauce usually makes everything better, like nachos, broccoli and macaroni - and all Christmas movies have their fair share of cheese factor, but sometimes there comes a point where too much cheese can overwhelm everything. Having never seen the movie White Christmas, I was pretty open-minded about the musical. I thoroughly enjoyed the dancing, singing and costumes, and even the cliche storyline, but at times it was just too…Continue
Warning: This show has extensive display of man-back. Man-back ranges from the mid-torso up to the shoulders, and usually on a man. You will see man-back onstage. You will see it on the playbill. You will see it when you close your eyes at night, trying to sleep. If you cannot handle a little man-back, Dirty Dancing is not the show for you.
Dirty Dancing is the adaption of the beloved 80’s movie musical, originally starring Jennifer Grey and Patrick…Continue
Once, The Lion King, Sister Act, Bring it On, Shrek…what do these movies have in common? All of them were turned into musicals. Some are fantastic adaptations that appeal to both the general musical theatre crowd and fans of the movie, but some only appeal to one of the two. Speaking as a dedicated musical theatre fan, I have to say that turning Dirty Dancing into a musical was a great idea, but the adaptation didn’t translate very well onto the…Continue
Some movies cannot translate well to the stage. Dirty Dancing, at the Orpheum Theater until October 19, is one of them. The scenes were overly cheesy, and the transitions were choppy. While the dancing definitely was the focal point of the show, the singing and acting was subpar. When a movie is loved and touted by millions, the bar is set even higher. Unfortunately, this show did disappoint.
Dirty Dancing is the famous tale of Frances “Baby” Houseman (Jillian…Continue
Dirty Dancing just recently opened at the Orpheum and I am sure you are all remembering giggly movie nights staring at Patrick Swayze and dreaming of dancing with him. I had not seen the movie going in and was excited to be presented with the story for the first time on the stage. I am sad to say that I was quite disappointed. The show was lacking in the acting department and the story only vaguely came across- a girl named Baby learning to dance while she is on vacation and, despite all…Continue
When The Book of Mormon opened on Broadway, it did so with some apprehension. The show centers around making fun of the Mormon religion, or religion in general. Such a thing is a touchy subject in the media and show business. Just the year before, The Scottsboro Boys was shut down after three months on Broadway due to protests and objections to the way the show dealt with…Continue
The Book of Mormon
The Truth in Ridiculing
Who would have thought that the Tony’s best musical from 2011 would be hated by an entire group of people? The Book of Mormon is playing at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis through September 14. It is a comedic take on being a Mormon and going on a mission at the age of 19. Audience members have found it disturbing to their own ways of life. The question is, do Mormons find it amusing?
The Book of Mormon is a sheer delight for audience members who enjoy witty comedic musicals (and don’t mind poking fun at religious institutions). What the audience sees, however, is just a snippet of the work and preparation that goes into creating such a detailed and rhythmic piece.
After Tuesday night’s show, I had the opportunity to hear from two members of the exquisite cast. They were able to cast some light on the happenings that occur before and after the audience even…Continue
My head reeled. It was like seeing two events happen simultaneously. As the curtain rose for the evening’s performance, I realized that I would be watching two versions of The Book of Mormon. One, on stage. And the other performance was going to replay from my memory of seeing exactly the same play seven months before. The two had much in common. Certain aspects of both the new and old performance were exactly the same: the set, the costumes, and—for the most part—the…Continue
“The Book of Mormon” is a very sensory show. From the lavish, 12 million dollar set, to the stellar singing and dancing, this show is highly entertaining.
After seeing the show I got the privilege to meet with and ask questions of Jake Emmerling and Eric Huffman, two of the ensemble members who have been with this production since its birth November 1st, 2012. Two years ago the show came to the Twin Cities but neither of the two were in it. Why? The reason is because…Continue
I saw Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson at the New Century Theatre (playing through June 29th), well aware of the controversy surrounding the show. Because I have had a defense-of-sorts for Jackson running through my mind from the very moment I stepped out of the theatre, I feel it only appropriate to throw in my two cents.
This is a defense of Jackson as performed in Minneapolis in 2014. I'm not about to give first-hand opinions about New York in 2009, or any…Continue
It is a rarity to see the total package musical. However, Sister Act was just that. Exceptional singing, acting, costumes, and sets came together to create a truly breathtaking experience. Sister Act tells the story of Deloris Van Cartier, an aspiring singer. Her good for nothing boyfriend has gotten into trouble and results in Deloris going into hiding in a convent. It is there where she meets the convent’s less than good choir. She…Continue