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Flips, Tricks, and Magic.... But no storyline??

                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…


Added by Ryan Lenard on February 20, 2015 at 12:48am — 2 Comments

Seeking Extraodinary

Seeking Extraordinary


Maxwell Singer

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…


Added by Maxwell Singer on February 19, 2015 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments

Pippin's Got Magic to Do!

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…


Added by Delia Grimes on February 19, 2015 at 10:20pm — 2 Comments

Pippin shows us the world!

              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…


Added by Lexi Torrez on February 19, 2015 at 11:18pm — 1 Comment

Peregrin Took*

                “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…


Added by Matthew Maxam on February 19, 2015 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

Pippin Finds his Corner of the Sky

     Pippin is an astonishing, magical, gravity-defying, big top musical.  With acrobatics, dancing, and even a dog- this show is for everyone. 



Added by Jolie Olson on February 19, 2015 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Glory to Pippin!

                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,…


Added by Contessa Boorman on February 19, 2015 at 3:45pm — 2 Comments

Now Introducing: The Slugbug Pippin



Added by Nathaniel Larson on February 18, 2015 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

Pippin Soars to New Heights at the Orpheum

            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…


Added by Taylor Leighton on February 18, 2015 at 3:05pm — 2 Comments

Please, Sir, May I Have Some More?

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…


Added by Sonya Yermishkin on February 7, 2015 at 1:07am — 1 Comment

Happy/Sad and Not At All Bad

One month prior to seeing the Broadway Reimagined production of Oliver!, I and other Critical Review writers participated in a dance workshop with Oliver! choreographer Michael Matthew Ferrell.  His energy filled the whole room; the workshop made me want to take up dance again.  As it turned out, so did Oliver!.

For those who are unfamiliar with the play, Broadway’s Oliver! is based on Charles Dickens’ "Oliver Twist", a novel…


Added by Kathleen T. WIllard on February 7, 2015 at 1:01am — 1 Comment


When attending live theatre it is my personal hope to be thoroughly engaged; to be drawn into a story, a life; to feel as though what I’m seeing is real. Unfortunately in Theater Latté Da and Hennepin Theatre Trust’s collaborative production of Oliver! that was not exactly the case for their first show. Oliver! is the theatrical adaptation of the novel Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, which follows the occurrences in the life of a young orphan in London. What made this specific…


Added by Sydney Larson on February 7, 2015 at 12:30am — 1 Comment

Oliver! Got Steampunk’d!

Grace Peterson


Oliver! Got Steampunk’d!

          Hennepin Theatre Trust and Theater Latté Da collaborate…


Added by Grace Peterson on February 7, 2015 at 12:46am — 1 Comment

Oliver! with a Twist

Oliver! is a collaboration between Theater Latte Da and the Hennepin Theater Trust, it is the latest in the Broadway Re-Imagined series. Oliver! is adapted from the classic Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist. The story follows the life of a young Orphan named Oliver Twist through the streets of London. We first meet Oliver in a workhouse run by Mr. Bumble (James Ramlet). The most famous line from Oliver, is also the starting point for the plot. Oliver’s adventures lead him to…


Added by Anne Boatman on February 6, 2015 at 11:21pm — 1 Comment

Pick A Favorite Part Or Two (Or Just One)

As the curtain begins to rise you get a mood for the rest of the show. First impressions are important. You’ve been told that by many people that they’re important, correct? The begging of a play sets a momentum an audience member can love or hate. Sadly, this bullet point was missing in the cast of Oliver from Theater Latte Da’s performance at the Pantages Theatre in Minneapolis. Oliver is a classic tale by Charles Dickens that explains the story of an orphan boy. His life…


Added by Jack Bonko on February 6, 2015 at 10:24pm — 1 Comment

The Heart is Missing

A classic story, strong voices, plot-enhancing choreography, adorable children, stunning set, and beautiful costumes are all to be found at Theater Latté Da’s production of Oliver!, so what could possibly be missing? The unfortunate answer: the presentation by and depth of most of the actors. This production seemed to focus too much on its own “twists” on the classic show, which distracted from the story itself and lost much of the powerful and moving story. In addition to the dull…


Added by Emma Price on February 6, 2015 at 7:07pm — 1 Comment

It's a Fine Life for Oliver!

       Orphans and musical theater are the ultimate duo. From Annie to Newsies, there is no doubt that the classic story of an orphan rising to the occasion has brought audiences to tears wondering, “Where is love?” Theater Latté Da’s invigorating performance of Oliver!  takes the stage with its fresh new steam-punk twist to the classic tale of a lonely boy  who gets caught up in a crowd picking-a-pocket or two.

       From the moment the curtain goes up, the…


Added by Contessa Boorman on February 6, 2015 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Latte Da presents Oliver! with a Twist

Theatre Latte Da’s adaptation of…


Added by Jane Pena on February 6, 2015 at 1:42am — 1 Comment

Theatre Latté Da "Twists" Things Up A Bit

“Oliver!” is considered by many to be a classic musical, but Theater Latté Da’s production of “Oliver!” has a few “Twists” to it.  Peter Rothstein (Director), Michael Mathew Ferrell (Choreographer), and Denise Prosek (Music Director) have managed to create a steam punk version of “Oliver!” that will totally stun you. 



Added by Noah Coon on February 6, 2015 at 1:22am — 1 Comment


                Immediately walking out of OLIVER! by Theatre Latte Da, I could have made a mile-long list of things that were wrong with the production, but in the following days, I felt Punk’d, like Theatre Latte Da had managed to play a trick on me. I found myself humming “Consider Yourself” and “Pick a Pocket or Two.” I longed for Oliver’s world of steampunk gears and goggles. So there’s good news and bad news for OLIVER!.

                Bad news first. The…


Added by Alison Grausam on February 6, 2015 at 12:37am — 1 Comment


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