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
When it comes to deciding whether to see a show or not, you can’t pass up the classics such as Shakespeare, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and most importantly Disney. The timeless tales of magic, love, and dreams, created by Disney, are truly magnificent and amazing in their ability to intrigue all ages. Currently showing at the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis is the Disney classic, Beauty and the Beast. The story is focused on a girl named Belle who while searching for her father…Continue
From now until March 15th in the lobby of the Orpheum Theatre, you can find yourself lost in a small sea of little girls dressed up as their favorite princess: Belle. The tale as old as time has finally made it’s way to Minneapolis, but it isn’t quite as magical as the beloved animated film from 1991. Beauty and the Beast is a must see show for young children, and pretty much only young children. The actors were animated and bigger than life, though…Continue
Beauty and the Beast, the beloved tale as old as time. There are few people who haven’t seen the Disney movie upon which the stage version is based. Being my third favorite Disney movie after Pocahontas and Mulan, I was truly excited to see Beauty and the Beast live on stage. With the buildup of expectations I was disappointed when the product didn’t meet the standards I had set for it. The story, which hardly needs an introduction, focuses on the young Belle who finds herself prisoner at…Continue
Disney, the slightest mention of the franchise elicits grandeur and extravagance, a beautiful combination neither of which came through in this show. The majority of this show screamed expensive, forced, and taken too far.
Beauty and the Beast, Disney's take on the famous Stockholm syndrome fairytale, where Belle is…
Beauty and the Beast
Tale as old as time
Something for everybody
Be our guest! Beauty and the Beast brings together some of the best Lyricists (Howard Ashman and Tim Rice) and composers (Alan Menken), very funny moments and actors…Continue
Beauty and the Beast at the Orpheum leaves you full of childlike awe -- awe at the amazing costumes, the glamorous dance numbers, and exquisite singing. The show followed the plot of the classic Disney tale, about Belle, a young woman living in a small town. Belle’s father gets lost in the woods on and goes to the nearby castle in hopes of finding shelter. Instead, he finds the Beast, who used to be a prince and whose enchantment can only be broken when someone loves him…Continue
Beauty and the Beast
Beauty and the Beast Review
Beauty and the Beast played at the Orpheum theater on tuesday night, and for huge fans of Disney and small children, I’m sure the show was amazing. The rest of us were only mildly entertained. Beauty and the Beast tells the story of a young girl who falls in love with an ugly beast, and because of this true love, she turns…Continue
Currently showing at the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota is Pippin the musical. Pippin is the story of a man named Pippin that is trying to find…Continue
The show starts with the announcement that they’re going to have a show. It comes as no surprise when they continue onstage for the next two acts, having a show. Pippin is the concurrent narrative of Pippin, a mostly fictionalized prince seeking fulfillment in addition to an occasionally unpolished troupe putting on the show of a…Continue
Pippin is the full package -- beautiful set, atmospheric lighting, glitzy costumes, hypnotic music and--the cherry on top--insanely entertaining circus acts.The show revolves around a fresh out of college Pippin, a prince who dreams of finding something he was born to do and be extraordinary at, all while dealing with his aggravated father and greedy stepmother. Full of humor and sexual innuendos, Pippin’s story intertwines with circus acts, all orchestrated by the Lead…Continue
When The Leading Player’s shadow filled the curtain that separated the audience from the magic that we were about to witness, my only thought was “this is going to be good”. It’s such an insignificant thing, and yet it can say so much about where the show will take you.
The curtains were snatched away and the overwhelming sight of contortion and color was revealed like a jump in…Continue
“What just happened?” was the thought that first crossed my mind when Pippin concluded. Easily one of the most complex and confusing shows I have ever seen, Pippin truly left me wondering what was going on when the lights went down for the last time. Complex and confusing are not inherently bad traits, however, and Pippin was a very enjoyable, and very stunning show. The show follows the story of Pippin, son of Charlemagne, as he searches for true happiness. This story is…Continue
Bursting with color and joy, the cast of the national tour of Pippin took the stage at the Orpheum Theatre this past Tuesday. The story follows a young man in his journey through life to find meaning; running into some bumps and bruises along the way to self-discovery. With returning members from the original and Broadway revival of the show, the sheer amount of talent in the cast is inconceivable. From the moment the curtain drops at the beginning of the show,…Continue
Not many shows combine the coming-of-age story of a member of the ruling family in the Holy Roman Empire and a visit to a lascivious grandma who is simultaneously a life coach and trapeze artist. However, Pippin, at the Orpheum through February 22, is one of them. The show is jam-packed with fun, from outstanding trapeze and acrobatic work to witty sexual innuendoes, all of which will leave the audience amazed.
The Broadway revival of this famed work…Continue
Dickens’ classic literature is brilliantly demonstrated through Theater Latte Da’s “Oliver!” at the Pantages Theater. The show preview on Wednesday demonstrated the unique talent of the actors and an unexpected grip on the audience’s emotions.
The show started out impressively with an adorable choir of small boys, singing the classic “Food, Glorious Food”. The talent started there and never seemed to end. Oliver himself, played by Nate Turcotte, portrayed the innocent yet spunky…Continue