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
Minnesota Musical Theatre's production of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson was very good. The musical is not. I really liked what MMT did with their choreography, lights and costumes, and the cast was really phenomenal. My issue lies with the script and book. I understand that the musical is a satire, to be taken lightly and as an equal-opportunity offender, but I really didn't like it. Overall I'd give it a two out of five.
I have no problem with offensive musicals (Avenue Q and…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
Get out your rosaries and hold onto your bibles, because you’re about to begin an outrageous and fun filled journey that will leave you singing “Alleluia” all night long. That’s right, Sister Act is playing at the Orpheum through June 1. The collision of two worlds- one of a limelight-seeking diva and the other of a strict convent-leading nun- creates an amalgam that will leave you stepping to the beat and laughing uncontrollably. The show is well-rounded with incredible vocals, funny…Continue
After seeing Sister Act at the Orpheum Theatre, I thought back through all of my nine years of Catholic school education and found that only one question circled through my head: "Would Sister Deanna wear a sequin-laden habit?" Yes. You read that right. Sequins. It's apt considering the glitzy, gimmicky, and not-so-breathable quality that Sister Act has as a script. After unsuccessful club singer Deloris Van Cartier witnesses her married lover commit a murder, she is put into a scaled-down…Continue
I have no hatred or ill will towards musicals, but sometimes, it feels like I’m seeing the same elements over and over without enough variety or toying with the details. This is not my song, this is my manifesto. Thus I present...
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I would like to start off my review by comparing this show to a grapefruit. Some of you may wonder why, exactly, is the Tony award winning show Sister Act like a grapefruit? I can see why you might have some confusion. You see, what I’m trying to say is that Sister Act, like a grapefruit, is something that, unless you’re into that sort of thing, isn’t very satisfying. The cast did a wonderful job, the sets were great, the…Continue
I was going to say that Sister Act was basically a Catholic version of The Book of Mormon, but then I decided that Sister Act didn’t deserve to be compared to such a great musical. Now that I think about it, Sister Act was more like one of my least favorite musicals - one that I had the unfortunate pleasure of being cast in earlier this year - Legally…Continue
Hellllllllllllo and welcome to the funky, zany, hand-waving, booty-shaking talk of the town! The aspiring African-American club singer Deloris Van Cartier (she came up with the name herself—isn’t it good?) witnesses a terrifying murder at the hands of her lover, Curtis Jackson. When he sends his cronies and giggling nephew after her, Deloris looks to the police to hide her. And they choose the perfect spot. A convent! Deloris—now Sister Mary Clarence—causes the largest culture…Continue
Sister Act: A Fur Coat Made From Smurfs
“You get a car; you get a car; YOU ALL GET A CAR!”
After seeing Oprah Winfrey’s infamous generosity on TV numerous times, it’s understandable that I would want to be sitting in those seats when she decides to hand out “free” gifts; if you count a $7,000 tax on the car as “free”.
When I sat down and watched the…Continue
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