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...
How to Write A…
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
Peter and the Starcatcher playing at the Orpheum doesn’t need faith, trust, or pixie dust to sweep you off your feet. From the moment the show began to the moment it ended, I couldn’t take my eyes off the stage. The cast is so wonderfully adept at creating scenes using their bodies and only a few generic props (they use rope to creative doorways, rooms, and even stairwells!), I was engaged every minute. And even that fantastic display wasn’t what hooked me,…Continue
If you’re like me, you probably read a lot when you were younger, before the to-do lists stretched into the night and deadlines beckoned ominously. Since then, you may have forgotten just how clever the books you used to read were. Peter and the Starcatcher, a show rich in magical realism and the struggle of coming of age (or, in Peter’s case, refusing to do so), is an invitation to remember.
The show is based…Continue
I like to think of myself as somewhat of an expert on Peter Pan. Having performed in two different productions of the musical adaptation, I know it front to back, and I have an emotional attachment to it; Peter Pan was the first musical I ever performed in. Last Tuesday night, I had the opportunity to see Peter and the Starcatcher, whose Broadway run earned it 5 Tony Awards in 2012. The show runs…Continue
Peter and the Starcatcher was perfect. This show deservingly won five Tonys in 2012, and is now being shown for the first time ever, at the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis through March 16th. The story of Peter and the Star Catcher is a prequel to Peter Pan, based on the beloved novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. The book is amazing and definitely worth reading. The energy and humor of this script, plus the amazing actors, physical humor, and perfectly fitted set made for a…Continue
If you have any idea what’s in store for you upon entering the theater to see Peter And The Starcatcher, simply the sight of the set--though it will most likely later obscure your view of the action-- will have you trembling with excitement. Once the play starts, after you have gotten used to the hard-to-catch dialogue, and book narrative spoken by the actors, you will be instantly transported to childhood, where all that matters is play, adventure, bravery, and saving the world. Rick…Continue