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6 Plays, 29 Actors, 24 Hours

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24 Hour Plays in Minneapolis

6 Plays, 29 Actors, 24 Hours

“What you’re about to experience didn’t exist 24 hours ago…” Directed by Minnesota-native Mark Armstrong, The 24 Hour Plays is a festival put on around the world to create time-limited theatre. Hennepin Theatre Trust and the University of Minnesota-Duluth came together to make it happen in Minneapolis. Writers, actors, directors, and stage managers showed up at 10:00pm on Sunday night…

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Added by George Mulder on March 15, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Overbearing Sexism in 2017

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The King and I

Overbearing Sexism in 2017

The King and I has been a beloved show for decades in the United States, but is there room for it in our feministic culture of today? Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I is playing at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis now until March 5th. It tells the story of a British school teacher who goes to the country of Siam to teach all of the king’s children. The king has over 70 children, since he believes a man should…

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Added by George Mulder on March 2, 2017 at 10:57pm — 1 Comment

The Bodyguard Review

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The Bodyguard

Deborah Cox’s Musical

When one extraordinary woman steals the show, it is hard not to like it. Grammy-nominated Deborah Cox stars in The Bodyguard at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis until January 15th. The role was originally played by Whitney Houston in the 1992 film of the same title. The musical originated in London in 2012. It tells the story of Rachel Marron, one of the biggest pop stars of her time,…

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Added by George Mulder on January 13, 2017 at 9:27am — 2 Comments

True Art in Fun Home

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Fun Home

True Art in Fun Home

Life is one big puzzle. In Fun Home, Alison is trying to fit the pieces together, just like all of us. Adapted from the graphic novel written by Alison Bechdel, Fun Home is playing at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis through December 18. Based off a true story, it follows the life of Alison at three different ages. The “Small Alison” is around 10 years old, and struggles to find a…

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Added by George Mulder on December 18, 2016 at 9:40pm — 1 Comment

The Newest Classic

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

The Newest Classic

When is the last time Minneapolis filled a theatre with over 2,500 audience members just for a brand new play? The Tony Award-winning play, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time nearly sold out the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis on opening night this week. It is playing until December 4th. It tells the story of an autistic boy named Christopher. The…

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Added by George Mulder on December 1, 2016 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

Coming Full Circle [of Life] in Minneapolis

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The Lion King

Coming Full Circle [of Life] in Minneapolis

Disney’s The Lion King possesses a phenomenal trait about musical theatre that is often ignored or forgotten about: costumes. Each and every costume of this show is well thought out. The story comes from the classic Disney tale about a young, royal lion who “Just Can’t Wait to Be King.” Luckily, it plays at the Orpheum Theatre in the theatre-enriched city of…

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Added by George Mulder on July 10, 2016 at 8:58pm — No Comments

The Understudy Saves the Day

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The Book of Mormon

The Understudy Saves the Day

            Tony Award winning musical The Book of Mormon has had audiences laughing hysterically since its Broadway opening in 2011. Over five years, the script has not changed. It’s back in Minneapolis after less than two years. The people loved it here so much, so they brought it to the Orpheum Theatre once again, running for three weeks through May 29. The Book of Mormon…

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Added by George Mulder on May 13, 2016 at 8:44pm — 1 Comment

The Narrator and the Boring Dull Chorus

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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

The Narrator and the Boring Dull Chorus

            Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat has held a special place in the hearts of many people throughout the last few decades. The 2016 National Tour exhibited that Joseph is a dying musical. It plays at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis until April 3rd. Though an inexperienced theatre-goer may enjoy it (your 7…

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Added by George Mulder on April 1, 2016 at 12:01pm — 1 Comment

Burning Crossroads in If/Then

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If/Then

Burning Crossroads in If/Then

Jackie Burns may be the best touring actress there has ever been. On Broadway, Burns acted as the understudy for Idina Menzel in the leading role of If/Then. During the Broadway run, Burns played the role nearly 50 times, then took over the role for the first National Tour. Her ease and experience shows through her singing and connection to the character for the full duration of the show. She also…

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Added by George Mulder on March 10, 2016 at 11:21pm — 2 Comments

Stage Moms and Strippers

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Gypsy

Stage Moms and Strippers

Gypsy Rose Lee was the classic American rebel. Gypsy is a show based off of the true story of Rose, June, and Louise Hovick. Mama Rose decides she is going to make her daughter, June, a star. When that backfires, she decides to work harder on Louise. Ending up in a burlesque house, it all takes a turn. Produced by Theatre Latté Da, it runs in the Pantages Theatre in Minneapolis until March 15. Its plot is…

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Added by George Mulder on February 28, 2016 at 12:51am — 2 Comments

Newsies Review

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Newsies

Extra, Extra Outstanding

I always thought some people were crazy for being so obsessed with Newsies. Now I understand. Newsies is a Tony Award-winning musical based off of the 1992 Disney film of the same name. Based on a true story, it gives a glimpse into the story of the hundreds of orphan children who sold newspapers during the turn of the last century. The newsboys or “newsies” go on strike because the publishers…

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Added by George Mulder on February 13, 2016 at 12:32pm — 1 Comment

A Writer’s Guide to Symbolism and Comedy

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A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

A Writer’s Guide to Symbolism and Comedy

Being a gentleman is more than minding your manners. A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder is playing at the State Theatre in Minneapolis from January 5-10. The show won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 2014. This is suggesting it ranks with shows like Once (2012 winner) and The Phantom of the Opera (1988 winner). It seems as if Broadway…

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Added by George Mulder on January 7, 2016 at 11:13pm — 1 Comment

Blue Man Percussionists? Comedians?

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Blue Man Group

Blue Man Percussionists? Comedians?

Blue Man Group is a national-touring production performing in the biggest cities at the biggest theaters. It is currently housed in the Minneapolis Orpheum Theatre running December 18-20. With an extremely talented cast and crew, it’s just not a good idea. The blue men were pristine actors and percussionists, but they only got to do a few skits. As it is almost a magic show, I wasn’t…

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Added by George Mulder on December 20, 2015 at 7:23pm — 2 Comments

We Will Love Her Tomorrow, and Every Day After

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Beautiful

We Will Love Her Tomorrow, and Every Day After

Of all the people to write a Broadway musical about, why Carole King? Why does she deserve a Tony Award-winning hit show? Once you see Beautiful: The Carole King musical, you will understand. It is currently playing at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis through November 29. It stars Abby Mueller in the title role, achieving success in portraying Carole King in her own style while…

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Added by George Mulder on November 20, 2015 at 10:39pm — 1 Comment

The Little Mermaid Tour Better Than Broadway

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The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid Tour Better Than Broadway

Here we go, another Disney movie turned into a corny Broadway musical. “True?  Yes.” But The Little Mermaid has been stealing the hearts of people of all ages since 1989 when the revolutionary animated film first premiered. The magical story relates to all of us, wanting to be part of a world that is out of our grasp. Even if we cannot relate to Ariel’s longing for love, somebody…

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Added by George Mulder on October 15, 2015 at 8:23pm — 2 Comments

Spotlight on High School Theatre (and Tyler Michaels)

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Spotlight Showcase 2015

Spotlight on High School Theatre (and Tyler Michaels)

Where would any actor be without their high school drama department? Even Sutton Foster and Darren Criss both said at the 2015 Tony Awards that their high school drama teachers were their inspirations. The Spotlight Musical Theatre Program encourages high school students all around the state of Minnesota to celebrate and empower their musical…

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Added by George Mulder on June 18, 2015 at 4:48pm — No Comments

Oh, What a Night

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Jersey Boys

Oh, What a Night

Oh, what a night indeed. Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons had their ups and downs, as did Jersey Boys. See this talented cast at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis April 28-May 3. It tells the true, roller-coaster story of the life of four young musicians who become widely known for 50 years. The first thing on stage we see is a simple, rugged, chain link set which sets the Jersey scene. But then a French…

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Added by George Mulder on April 30, 2015 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

Beauty and the Beast Review

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Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast: The Magical Love Story Revived

This “tale as old as time” will make you reminisce about the beautiful 1991 Disney film. Beauty and the Beast is performing at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis from March 10-15. It tells the story of the classic love story of the spell-cursed beast and beautiful Belle. Belle stumbles upon a castle in a search for her missing father. In the beast’s castle, other…

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Added by George Mulder on March 11, 2015 at 10:25pm — 2 Comments

Pippin

Pippin

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They Did Some Magic, But What Else?

Pippin is full of amazing tricks and acts of a circus. But is that all you want in a Broadway musical? Pippin is running at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis from February 17-22. There are thrilling parts in it, but not in the story. After hearing so many great things about the show after the past few years, it was underwhelming. It is about a boy trying to do extraordinary things in his life…

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Added by George Mulder on February 22, 2015 at 3:49pm — 1 Comment

I Love Lucy: Live on Stage

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I Love Lucy: Live on Stage

Lucy, Ricky, Ethel, and Fred are stronger than ever

The Ricardos are back. I Love Lucy: Live on Stage is touring the nation and capturing hearts as it goes. It is being performed at the State Theatre in Minneapolis until January 25. The audience is transformed into the studio audience of a filming of two episodes of the classic television show I Love Lucy. The original show was fantastically…

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Added by George Mulder on January 23, 2015 at 9:23pm — No Comments

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