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
“Five Course Love” was an entertaining show. I was engaged through most of the performance and left the theatre in a positive mood. “Five Course Love” is production containing five different love scenarios in five different restaurants. It shows the many aspects of love from joyous discoveries to tragic mishaps and does so in a comical way. Showing at the New Century Theatre until February 16th this show is a great way to make your Valentine’s Day one to…Continue
Five Course Love
Fall In Love with Five Course Love
Minneapolis Musical Theatre and the Hennepin Theatre Trust come together in collaborating just in time for Valentine’s Day with, Five Course Love. This show is silly, sexy, and smart, bringing ideas of loneliness, lust, and love on the stage at the New Century Theatre until February 16th!
Five Course Love is a story of five different vignettes…Continue
Cry Me a River, Argentina
Evita is a good idea. It really is. I do not like it as a musical, not for what it does but for what it does not do. The story of Eva Perón, wife of President Juan Peron and congressionally named Spiritual Leader of the Nation of Argentina in her dying days at the unripe age of 33, is certainly a captivating one and worthy one. (Spoiler alert: She…Continue
Evita plays the Orpheum on it's "Rainbow Tour"…Continue
You know what it’s like, when your friends talk endlessly about that one-in-a-million person? Upon seeing pictures, hearing of their incredible achievements, or uncovering their tragic history, you begin to feel as though you know that person already. Still, all the buildup serves to produce is an expectant and awkward introduction. Nothing compares to a personal, first impression.
Openings-wise, Evita gave me the Andrew-Lloyd-Webber impression right away. It…Continue
Sexy, suave, and just a little unhinged, Eva Péron certainly had a crazy life, and what better way to tell this story than though the music of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber?…Continue
The new tour of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita made its debut in Minneapolis on January 28th 2014. It plays at the Orpheum Theatre through February 2nd 2014. As stated in the press release on Hennepin Theater Trust’s website, it is indeed “stunning.” The show is based off the real-life story of Eva Perón, an actress and politician’s wife in Argentina in the 1940s and 1950s.
The show opens with actors positioned beneath a screen, on which footage of the real Eva Perón’s…
Few people in the world rise from the lowest of the low to the highest of the high, and very few have done it as quickly as Evita Perón. The snappy and decisive Evita began as a poor girl in Junín, but soon moves to Buenos Aires and sleeps—I mean, sneaks—her way into Argentina’s high society and the presidential mansion. Innovative as it is dazzling, this intrigue-filled show will keep you riveted. Come to see the show and woman of the hour at the Orpheum through February 2.…Continue
Evita at the Orpheum is a fast-paced, dramatic retelling of Argentina’s favorite First Lady, Eva Perón. Though at times the plot felt rushed and muddled on stage, the cast of amazing performers distracts from that with their spectacular talent. I was most enthralled by the stunning choreography and lighting, which accented the show perfectly. Despite all the glitz, the show still feels bland at times and fails to show how influential Eva Perón was in her…Continue
Evita, one of the highly anticipated shows to come along this theater season, captures the true seductive yet inspiring spirit of Eva Perón, the second wife of Argentine President Juan Perón. Mrs. Perón used her beauty and charisma to rise meteorically from the slums of Argentina to the presidential mansion as First Lady. Adored by her people as a champion for the poor,…Continue
I have never been an Andrew Lloyd Webber fan. From Joseph to Jesus Christ Superstar, and Cats to The Phantom of the Opera, his style of musicals has never sat well with me. The idea of a sung-through musical (with the exception of a few spoken lines perhaps) bores me to death, and to me, feels more like a choral concert than a theatrical experience. Last night, I…Continue