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Beautiful Story, Beautiful Music... Beautiful

     Beautiful: The Carole King Musical  is a powerful example of storytelling at its finest. Some musicals try to cover up their flaws with expensive effects and too much makeup,  but this musical is naturally beautiful and has great bone structure.  Told with humor and…


Added by Jolie Olson on November 19, 2015 at 10:53pm — 1 Comment

Beautiful: "Some kind of Wonderful"

A show that brings audiences to their feet, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical at the Orpheum Theatre playing through November 29th is a masterpiece full of jaw-dropping talent, gorgeous costumes and sets, and a magnificent score. The jukebox musical, book by Douglas McGrath, reveals an insanely talented sixteen year-old in the late 1950s, Carole King, played by Abby Mueller, with the gusto to attack New York with her heart and a piano. The story centers around the…


Added by Janna Fitzgerald on November 20, 2015 at 11:34pm — 2 Comments

Carole is King and so is this Show

Beautiful is truly the perfect word to describe the new jukebox musical about the colossal sensation, Carole King. Beautiful is a show about turning lemons into lemonade. It’s about transitions, it’s about relationships, and it’s about the ways we can support one another to bring out the best traits in our fellow humans. Almost everyone knows Carole King or at least has heard one of her groovy tunes, but not…


Added by Noah Coon on November 20, 2015 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

Truly Beautiful

Kate Lawless

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical


The national tour of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, currently being performed at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, brings to life the captivating story of a woman whose music still inspires people today. Though Carole King’s life was fraught with marital troubles and the competition and anxiety…


Added by Kate Lawless on November 20, 2015 at 4:59pm — 1 Comment

Beautiful Shows The World All The Love In Its Heart

Annie Schoonover

Beautiful: A Carole King Musical

Near the beginning of the Orpheum Theater’s Wednesday night production of Beautiful: A Carole King Musical, there is a number entitled “1650 Broadway Melody”, which showcases the various songs written and produced in the titular building while a starry-eyed Abby Mueller as Carole King looks on.  This number exemplifies the appeal of Beautiful: the story of an eminently likable young woman’s rise to…


Added by Annie Schoonover on November 20, 2015 at 5:54pm — 1 Comment

Beautiful: It is.

Beautiful: The Carol King Musical shattered my expectations. I was never a huge fan of Carol King but this show won me over through its witty dialog and diverse musical acts.  The show starts medias res with King at Carnegie Hall, then jumps back to a sixteen year-old King selling her first song. From there the story chronologically follows King’s rise from an awkward Brooklyn girl to one of the most influential female pop artists of the twentieth century.


King is played by…


Added by Parker Lehman on November 20, 2015 at 2:14pm — 1 Comment

Some Kind of Wonderful

By Emma Melling

Nervous and shaking slightly, a young teen holds a folder of sheet music to her chest, raising her hand to knock on a plain office door. It opens to the sound of guitar strings, vocal chords, ringing telephones: a world of music. She introduces herself as Carole King, curly ponytail bouncing.

After a series of introductions and spirited remarks, King finds herself seated at a simple upright piano. Her…


Added by Emma Melling on November 19, 2015 at 10:34pm — 1 Comment

Poor Unfortunate Show

Disney is great at a host of things. Entertaining young children with tales of adventure and magic, creating a world of their own through music and story on the screen, and making memories for generations and generations. Walt can’t be an expert on all of it though, and Disney’s The Little Mermaid at the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis is the perfect example of where The Magic Kingdom’s genius fell a little short. Those who create stage-adaptions to animated movies need to first…


Added by Mary Katherine Fiala on October 15, 2015 at 9:53am — 2 Comments

Under The Sea and Over The Top

    The Little Mermaid is a Hans Christian Anderson tale of curiosity, romance, vulnerability, and sacrifice. Disney caught it in a large net, released it as a children's movie, then released it again in 2007 as a Broadway musical. The only problem with catch…


Added by Jolie Olson on October 15, 2015 at 6:58pm — 2 Comments

The Little Mermaid Tour Better Than Broadway

George Mulder

The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid Tour Better Than Broadway

Here we go, another Disney movie turned into a corny Broadway musical. “True?  Yes.” But The Little Mermaid has been stealing the hearts of people of all ages since 1989 when the revolutionary animated film first premiered. The magical story relates to all of us, wanting to be part of a world that is out of our grasp. Even if we cannot relate to Ariel’s longing for love, somebody…


Added by George Mulder on October 15, 2015 at 8:23pm — 2 Comments

Talent Wrapped in a Tacky Package

    Good things can come in tacky packages, this statement is proved by The Disney’s The Little Mermaid, currently playing at the Orpheum in Minneapolis.

    It is always a shame when a show takes talent, and drowns it in tacky costumes and a downright confusing set. The curtain rises to reveal a 3 foot tall, and 20 foot long swath of plastic,…


Added by Emma Carlson on October 15, 2015 at 10:09pm — 2 Comments

The Little Mermiad: A Fish Out of Water

Disney’s The Little Mermaid brings to the stage the classic Disney animated feature film which sparked the “Disney Renaissance” of the 1990’s. I was skeptical about how an aquatic based show could be put on a stage completely devoid of water, and was indeed disappointed. Big inconsistencies in production elements, underwhelming special effects, but a very talented cast and multitude of wonderful performances left me with mixed feelings about the show as a whole. This show, like most…


Added by Matthew Maxam on October 15, 2015 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments

Poor Unfortunate Set

By: Ryan Lenard

     The Little Mermaid is a classic Disney tale about a mermaid named Ariel who feels misunderstood by her mersisters and father and dreams of living and experiencing human life. After rescuing a prince who fell overboard into the sea, Ariel falls in love with him. Now wishing to be with her love, Ariel makes a deal with the sea witch, Ursula, to get legs, even if it means losing her voice for good.

     Being a huge Disney fan myself, I loved seeing…


Added by Ryan Lenard on October 15, 2015 at 11:39pm — 2 Comments

I Poositivly Want to be Part of Their World!

Once again, Broadway has given the world another tech heavy show. Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” looks and feels as though it was pulled right off of the screen and placed onto the stage. The detailed costumes and elaborate set has provided a larger than life show that is technically stunning.

First off, the costuming…


Added by Noah Coon on October 16, 2015 at 12:10am — 2 Comments

Impossible, Improbable

Theater, by its definition, is fake. Recreating or inventing stories is purely what it has always been for centuries and centuries. I like to believe that theatre is magic. It is what makes the impossible, possible. It lets us experience a world where things are a bit more sparkly, a bit less unattainable. Except if it’s A Chorus Line. The national tour of Cinderella at the Orpheum in Minneapolis made not only the impossible possible, but my third Tuesday of senior year a bit…


Added by Mary Katherine Fiala on September 10, 2015 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

It's possible to create a musical with an amazing book that's also beautiful


In true fairytale fashion, the fairy godmother says the word, and with a spin of true theatre magic (are we absolutely sure it is not real fairy dust?) a poor girl becomes a beautiful princess in mere seconds right before our eyes. Really hitting home the classic connotation of Cinderella as a rags to riches story, and the storytelling in this show was definitely rich.

First of all, this two and a half hour…


Added by Amy Walus on September 10, 2015 at 12:27pm — 2 Comments


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     Cinderella is a classic fairy-tale of poofy dresses, a pretty princess, animals that dance, an evil stepmother, and dreams that come true.  Ever since 1950 when Cinderella was taken by the man himself, Walt Disney, she has been a princess icon, but let’s not forget her roots- a European folk-tale, later turned into a movie, later turned into a musical.

     Rodgers and…


Added by Jolie Olson on September 9, 2015 at 11:45pm — 2 Comments

Four Seasons To Love

Silhouetted chain link, back lit by a night sky, and a spotlight on four young men, singing under a lamp post, unknowing of what is in store for their musical careers. One of the stunning images that encompasses the show, “Jersey Boys,” which returned to Minneapolis this Tuesday, much to the delight of many fans of The Four Seasons. This show, a jukebox musical (with all the typical symptoms) may perhaps be worth much of the hype, a show comprised of a stunning balance of…


Added by Amy Walus on April 30, 2015 at 9:03pm — 3 Comments

I'll Stick With Vivaldi

Spring. Summer. Fall. Winter. Put the four together and what do you have? The four seasons. But the four divisions of the year are not the seasons we focus on today.

                Bob. Tommy. Nick. Frankie. These are the four seasons whose story is told in the critically acclaimed Broadway musical, Jersey Boys, currently playing at the Orpheum Theater. Yet another jukebox musical (few famous bands remain musicalless), Jersey Boys follows the story of Frankie Valli and his three band…


Added by Matthew Maxam on April 30, 2015 at 11:55pm — 2 Comments

Who Loves You...???

                A metal bridge. Long, narrow, magnificent, and dark the bridge stood. A metal bridge was all that stood on stage before the show Jersey Boys began on Tuesday night at the Orpheum Theater. A musical based on the story of how Tommy DeVito (Matthew Dailey), Nick Massi (Keith Hines), Frankie Valli (Hayden Milanes), and Bob Gaudio (Drew Seeley) came together to form the musical group The Four Seasons and the struggles they faced along their way to success. Jersey…


Added by Ryan Lenard on April 30, 2015 at 11:44pm — 2 Comments


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