Peter and the Starcatcher felt a lot like a children’s theater production cast with all adults. This choice was made very deliberately as this is the prequel to the infamous tale about staying a child forever, Peter Pan. Whimsical youthful energy radiated off of the minimally designed set that seamlessly transitioned from a pirate ship, to a sea, to an island, and then back again thanks to the people all dressed as children and pirates on stage who drove this…Continue
Peter and the Starcatcher
You Don't Need to Grow Up
Remember when you believed in magic? Can you keep a secret? Yes? Well listen closely because… it still exists. At the Orpheum Theater through March 16, magic still exists. Peter and the Starcatcher is the show for the inner child that is still somewhere inside every one of us. It is the…Continue
Peter and the Starcatcher set sail and cruised into the Orpheum Theater on Tuesday, March 11th. As the lights dim, the audience quickly gets their sea legs and climbs aboard into the prequel to Peter Pan. Originally a novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, Peter and the Starcatcher is in-ARGH-uably charming, witty, and in Minneapolis until March 16th.
Not to be mistaken for a musical with few songs, the play Peter and the Starcatcher - based on the children's novel Peter and the Starcatchers - is a delightfully cheery means of escape. It has the ideal combination of masterful adult theatrics and a whimsical childhood imagination. It tells of the backstory to Peter Pan - Peter Pan: The Prequel, if you will - wherein two ships are battling it out, the Wasp and the Neverland, for two different trunks that were…Continue
There are a finite amount of shows that make me feel things, real emotions that don’t seem to conform to the words I use to describe them. These shows are magic. They find the place deep inside you where theatre speaks to your soul. Peter and the Star Catcher is one of those shows. The brilliant origin story of the most beloved of children’s heroes, Peter Pan, found the spot in me where the raw nerves are and touched all of them. I left the theatre feeling…Continue
Peter and the Starcatcher playing at the Orpheum doesn’t need faith, trust, or pixie dust to sweep you off your feet. From the moment the show began to the moment it ended, I couldn’t take my eyes off the stage. The cast is so wonderfully adept at creating scenes using their bodies and only a few generic props (they use rope to creative doorways, rooms, and even stairwells!), I was engaged every minute. And even that fantastic display wasn’t what hooked me,…Continue
If you’re like me, you probably read a lot when you were younger, before the to-do lists stretched into the night and deadlines beckoned ominously. Since then, you may have forgotten just how clever the books you used to read were. Peter and the Starcatcher, a show rich in magical realism and the struggle of coming of age (or, in Peter’s case, refusing to do so), is an invitation to remember.
The show is based…Continue
I like to think of myself as somewhat of an expert on Peter Pan. Having performed in two different productions of the musical adaptation, I know it front to back, and I have an emotional attachment to it; Peter Pan was the first musical I ever performed in. Last Tuesday night, I had the opportunity to see Peter and the Starcatcher, whose Broadway run earned it 5 Tony Awards in 2012. The show runs…Continue
Peter and the Starcatcher was perfect. This show deservingly won five Tonys in 2012, and is now being shown for the first time ever, at the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis through March 16th. The story of Peter and the Star Catcher is a prequel to Peter Pan, based on the beloved novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. The book is amazing and definitely worth reading. The energy and humor of this script, plus the amazing actors, physical humor, and perfectly fitted set made for a…Continue
If you have any idea what’s in store for you upon entering the theater to see Peter And The Starcatcher, simply the sight of the set--though it will most likely later obscure your view of the action-- will have you trembling with excitement. Once the play starts, after you have gotten used to the hard-to-catch dialogue, and book narrative spoken by the actors, you will be instantly transported to childhood, where all that matters is play, adventure, bravery, and saving the world. Rick…Continue
Walking into the theater was like entering a different world. Add a sprinkle of “star stuff” and your eyes are opened to see Molly, a starcatcher apprentice, team up with an orphaned boy. Together, with 2 other lost boys, they try to rescue the treasure they desperately need to destroy- star stuff, which in the wrong hands can cause lots of trouble. They fight pirates, meet mermaids, and meet a crocodile (wink, wink).
The talent in the show was astounding- a playfully sassy Captain…Continue
by Lilly Hanson
If musicals could sing, the performance of Mamma Mia! at the Orpheum Theatre on February 18th, would be belting, "Can't you hear me S. O. S."
Set on a Greek island, Mamma Mia! tells the story of Sophie, a bride-to-be with one wish: to have her absent father walk her down the aisle. After reading passages about three old lovers in her mom’s diary, Sophie sends each a wedding invitation in hopes of learning which…Continue
Mamma Mia!: Here We Go Again...
It’s been said before and it’ll be said…Continue
The day before her wedding, the twenty-year old bride-to-be meets three men she invited. Oh, did I mention that these men all slept with her mother right around the time of her conception, making them all possible fathers for her? Mamma Mia! No, really...Mamma Mia! Now playing at the Orpheum Theater through February 23, it is a show that is sure to leave you feeling happy and plenty of older women reminiscing about past love and romance.…Continue
I don’t want to write this review. I have a lot of history with Mama Mia. I’ve seen the musical thrice and the movie twice- which is a lot of commitment when it comes to me and musicals. I can sing a vast majority of the numbers; not well, and not often, but I can and do. The only musical I’ll defend more is the Music Man, for reasons inveterate in my nature. At heart, I believe Mama Mia to be a good show. It’s fun, perky, catchy and…Continue
Do You Believe In Magic?…Continue
The orchestra blares, the crowed goes wild, and the curtain rises. Even the tech guys at the back of the house cannot resist jamming out to Mamma Mia’s ABBA medley overture. Before seeing Mamma Mia, I had heard nothing but negative comments about the show, coming from people who had seen it on previous tours. Thus I entered the Orpheum Theatre on Tuesday night with very low expectations for what I was about to see. And I was blown away.
Where to even begin? The singing was phenomenal,…Continue
Mamma Mia! Here I go again- with another harsh review. Mama Mia, what a fun, upbeat, and beloved show. This musical, which opened in 1999, became well known over the years through its use of ABBA songs, its produced movie, and the success throughout the tours. I’ve never seen a stage production of it but I am a sucker for the movie version because of my love of Meryl Streep and Colin Firth. The quirky plot follows soon to be married 20 year old Sophie and her journey to…Continue
There are merits to having a big cast: you have the potential for a strong chorus, a big booming sound, impressive large group choreographic moments, it makes it possible to create a context in which a show will take place. Many shows do this very well. However, Mamma Mia is not one of them.
Mamma Mia employs a large cast of glorified set movers to poorly act out the forever cheesy story of a girl with three…Continue
I knew going in what to expect- a romantic comedy with little to no substance and a simple message. The plot is bubbly and cheesy, following a Greek 20 year old girl named Sophie. Getting married tomorrow, Sophie made sure to invite everyone- including her dad. Which would be a no brainer... if she knew who her father was. Snooping through her mothers diary she found three possible dads- Harry Bright, Bill Austin, and Sam Carmichael- each with a unique personality to match. All three arrive…Continue