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…Continue
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…Continue
With catchy, well known songs and a decent story for a jukebox musical Jersey Boys is definitely a crowd pleaser. If you are a fan of the music of The Four Seasons or music of that time period really, Jersey Boys is the show for you. The show is chock full of songs, so without enjoying the music the show will probably not be a good experience.
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…Continue
Jersey Boys chronicles the lives of Four Seasons members, Frankie Valli (Hayden Milanes), Tommy DeVito (Matthew Dailey), Nick Massi (Keith Hines) and Bob Gaudio (Drew Seeley). The show follows the bands journey from the streets of Jersey to the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame. Each member of the band gets a chance to tell part of their experience. Through Tommy DeVito’s eyes we see the very beginning, how the whole band came together. Bob Gaudio shows us some of the creative…Continue
I have recently taken the ACT for the second time in my high school career, and one of the most common problems on the math section is a way to measure different combinations. You simply multiply the number of things times the number of combinations are you are on your way to as close to the 36 as your sleep-deprived- hormonal mind will take you. I found myself calculating during Jersey Boys the possible amount of…Continue
If you go see Jersey Boys, which started its run at the Orpheum theatre to a near sold out crowd on Tuesday night, here’s what might happen:
You’ll see a set that, when you first take your seat, seems unimpressive, showing a framework of metal, a catwalk, and a blank backdrop. But when the show starts you’ll see that while it might be minimal, it’s not at all lacking. The screen shows pop art true to…Continue
In complete honesty, I had no idea who or what the Jersey Boys were as I took my seat in the Orpheum theater. I, in my teenage ignorance, had never heard of the Four Seasons or Frankie Valli, giving me no ideas as what to expect. However, from the first moment the show began I realized I was in for a fabulous night of incredible singing and fascinating stories. Jersey Boys, playing at the Orpheum through May 3rd, is a show sure to knock your socks off.
One thing that…Continue
Annie Is Showing Signs of Aging
A hesitant trumpet squeezes out the melody of…Continue
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt sat with his Cabinet despairing over the state of the United States. The Seal of the President of the United States loomed over the Cabinet, a constant reminder of their duty to their country. Millions of citizens were unemployed. Factories were shutting down left and right. Annie the loveable orphan, who was sitting in on the meeting could take it no more. She stood up and changed the mood with one of most well-known songs in Broadway history. The sun…Continue
As the curtains opens and the music dies down, you are met with the sad group of orphan girls who end up making quite a ruckus during the night’s thunderstorm. And who better to come and save the day but everyones favorite red haired orphan, Annie, who sets everything right. Elaborate with only her red hair, red jacket, and optimistic attitude during the Great Depression, she sticks out among the girls as a leader. And perhaps with this leader atmosphere and self assuredness…Continue
I entered the Orpheum Theater without any prior knowledge to the show Annie other than that it has the iconic number “Tomorrow” and Annie’s red dress. I expected the show to be a family-friendly festival of cuteness. It was. The classic story follows an 11-year old orphan named Annie who lives in an orphanage with seven other children who all suffer under the evil Miss Hannigan. She is “adopted” by a rich billionaire for two weeks and goes to…Continue
In the midst of our nation’s worst depression struggling Americans unite in Hoovervilles scavenging for resources to survive. Political leaders searched similarly for solutions, but not in a similar setting. A broad-shouldered, bald man enters to face the president and his emotionally glum cabinet dressed in dull shades hand-in-hand with an eleven-year-old girl. Wearing a white dress showing bright blue accenting, this contrastingly cheery red head is able to completely transform a…Continue
When you are preparing for a show, you are given blocking by your director. Blocking that may feel awkward, but you have to abide to either way. You learn to make it feel natural. The movements in this production of Annie were left raw and unpolished. Nothing about this production seemed natural to me. The orphan’s voices were painfully forced to the point where I’d blame my migraine on them. These sad attempts at making everyone…Continue
A grey scale of shanty houses and a bowl of stew heating over a garbage can, were shaddowed overhead by an impressive silhouette of the Brooklyn bridge, which seemed to reach out into the audience. A grey scale, overtaken by the optimism that belonged to a familiar little-red headed girl. Smart, sassy, and always dressed with a smile, Annie (played by Issie Swickle) could sing her way into any audience member’s heart. This image of a broken America was one of the fabulous…Continue
Ta-da! In the elegant arches of the Orpheum’s grand proscenium lies a show that is seemingly too big for the stage. From the smallest atom of the painted scrims to the furrowed brow of Daddy Warbucks, Annie uses all aspects of theatre in order to keep this ancient show alive and kicking.
Annie is considered by…Continue
“It’s a hard knock life for us.” If us means the audience, then yes. Annie is the story of an orphan who wants nothing more than to find a family. In order to get what she wants, she ditches her friends, her dog, and even Mr. Warbucks for a couple who…Continue
Children’s shows are not unknown to Broadway. They’ve long been a welcome part of it, particularly Disney shows like Mary Poppins and The Lion King. These shows are often enjoyed by children and adults alike. One would think that Beauty and the Beast would be no exception to Disney’s success on Broadway, so it was with much anticipation that I took my seat in the Orpheum Theatre on Tuesday night.…Continue
Upon entering the Orpheum Theatre, my first inclinations about Beauty and the Beast held true: it is a show for children (mostly). Not to say that the little girls all dressed up in their princess costumes weren’t adorable – they were – but I don’t think that they saw all of the flaws in the production that a more astute observer may have noticed. The theatrical production does not deviate from the Disney storyline whatsoever, which was to be expected. It’s a simple tale: father gets…Continue
Beauty and the Beast is a tale as old as time, a beloved Disney movie, and a huge family attraction. On opening night, the Orpheum’s lobby was packed with people about as tall as my hips. Having been enchanted by a production of Beauty and the Beast at the Ordway a few years ago, I walked into this one with high expectations and a low gaze so as not to run anyone over.…Continue