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The Grapefruit of Broadway

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…


Added by Emma Dalen on May 29, 2014 at 5:59pm — 2 Comments

The Siren Song of the Burly Mermaid

I was super excited to see “Peter and the Starcatcher”.  It was one of my favorite books when I was little and I’ve met both of the authors.  It turns out that the play is way different than the book.  Like, a lot different.  I barely even recognized it.  Which is not to say that it wasn’t good.  Peter was a beautiful play, with an amusing script and a gorgeous set.  It was written by Rick Elice and directed by Roger Rees and Alex Timbers.  “Peter and the Starcatcher” will be…


Added by Emma Dalen on March 13, 2014 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

Return of the Codpieces

I saw “Mamma Mia” two years ago and hated it with a passion, so I wasn’t all that thrilled to hear that it was coming back. “Mamma Mia” was written by Catherine Johnson with music by the Swedish band ABBA. Let me just say, I am a huge ABBA fan and have been for years. When I first saw “Mamma Mia” two years ago, I couldn’t bear to listen to their music for months. This production of the show was a little less awful than the one I saw two years ago, but it was still pretty…


Added by Emma Dalen on February 21, 2014 at 12:02am — 1 Comment

The Heart of Perón

“Evita” was one of the shows I was looking forward to this season. I saw the movie starring Madonna a week before I saw the touring Broadway version and absolutely loved it. The soundtrack of the movie was blaring through my house for the rest of the week. But the touring Broadway production of “Evita” was a bit disappointing. “Evita” was written by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, directed by Michael Grandage, with choreography by Rob…


Added by Emma Dalen on January 31, 2014 at 12:35am — 1 Comment


I was really excited to see Theater Latte Da’s production of Cabaret. Their production of Aida last season was one of my favorite shows of 2013. As for the musical itself, I came across the soundtrack for Cabaret this summer, while I was listening to the Chicago soundtrack. I instantly fell in love with the music of the show. Theater Latte Da’s production of the award winning musical was not what I expected. The overall feeling I got from the show was a big meh. It felt like…


Added by Emma Dalen on January 18, 2014 at 1:40am — 1 Comment

Past the Point of no Return

Let me just say that The Phantom of the Opera is my favorite Broadway show. I first saw it when I was in 7th grade and it instantly became my favorite.  When I saw the show last night I was shocked.  It was so different from the show I saw a few years ago.  The sets were way different from the ones they had a few years earlier.  There were pyrotechnics, hidden staircases, and huge mind-boggling sets.  It was magnificent.  The Phantom of…


Added by Emma Dalen on December 14, 2013 at 10:31pm — 1 Comment

We Will Blind You, Deafen You, And Bore You

I had not been looking forward to seeing “We Will Rock You.” Believe me, I love Queen, but I read the summary and listened to the soundtrack, and I hadn’t really cared for either of them that much. “We Will Rock You” is a jukebox musical that uses Queen songs to try to tell a story. The show was written by Ben Elton in 2002, and all the songs are written by Queen. “We Will Rock You” is set exactly 300 years in the future in a world controlled by a single corporation, where music is outlawed…


Added by Emma Dalen on November 22, 2013 at 12:08am — 1 Comment

Les Intricate

I first saw “Les Míserables” two years ago with Critical Review.  I loved it then, and I love it now.  “Les Mís” is my second favorite musical, right after “Urinetown”.  “Les Míserables” is based off a book of the same name, written by Victor Hugo.  Most of it takes place during the French Student Revolution of 1832, not during the French Revolution like many people mistakenly believe.  

Part of what makes…


Added by Emma Dalen on August 2, 2013 at 1:16am — No Comments


When, as a small child, I was first shown the movie Disney’s “Mary Poppins” by my mother, I didn’t like it all that much.  I recently was shown it as a teenager, and I quite enjoyed it.  The catchy music was enjoyable, and I thought that the storyline was quite interesting.  Seeing the Broadway musical was something that I was starting to look forward to.  After seeing the musical on stage, my opinion on it is that I much prefer the movie.  Disney’s…


Added by Emma Dalen on April 26, 2013 at 1:08am — 1 Comment

This Vegetarian Enjoyed The Spam A Lot

When I first saw the Broadway musical “Spamalot”, I was ten years old.  I immediately wanted to someday play the role of the glittering sexpot diva, otherwise known as The Lady of The Lake.  To this day, it is still my fourth favorite musical.  “Spamalot” won the 2005 Tony Award for Best Musical, the 2005 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding New Musical.  The musical is written by Eric Idle and based on “Monty Python and The Holy Grail”.…


Added by Emma Dalen on March 17, 2013 at 11:23pm — 1 Comment

No Conversion Here

When I first heard that “The Book of Mormon” was coming to Minneapolis, I was not that thrilled.  I had seen an episode of South Park and I disliked the way Trey Parker and Matt Stone wrote it, so I didn’t think that I would really like a musical written by the same people.  Then a few months ago, I started listening to music from the show, and I discovered that I liked the music.  I started to look forward to seeing the show.  But now that I have seen it, I am disappointed.…


Added by Emma Dalen on February 8, 2013 at 1:27am — 2 Comments

Aida Rocks

When I first heard the music from Aida six years ago, it became one of my favorite musicals.  Yet, I was never able to see the show until now.  Theater Latté Da’s production of Aida was absolutely fabulous.  Aida was created by Elton John and Tim Rice.  Theater Latté Da’s version of this show was directed by award winning director Peter Rothstein, with…


Added by Emma Dalen on January 26, 2013 at 12:09am — 2 Comments

Glittering Cakes and Lizards

Priscilla: Queen of the Desert  has been one of my favorite movies ever since I first saw it this Summer.  And the Broadway musical was no let down.  This fabulous show is about three drag queens from Sydney, Australia who go on a road trip through the Australian desert.  Through dangers untold, and hardships unnumbered, they fought their way to Alice Springs.  Written by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott, directed by Simon Phillips, with costume design by Tim…


Added by Emma Dalen on January 11, 2013 at 1:11am — 2 Comments

Catch Me If You Can

I didn’t really know what to expect from Catch Me If You Can.  All I really knew about it was that it was a true story about a teenager named Frank Abagnale who tricks people into believing that he is a pilot, a doctor, and a lawer.  To tell the truth, it reminded me of Batman comics.  But that might just be because I like Batman.  Catch Me If You Can has been nominated for four Tony awards and six Drama Desk Awards.  

Stephen Anthony played a…


Added by Emma Dalen on December 14, 2012 at 2:33am — 1 Comment

A Night With Dr. Maya Angelou

Breathtaking, heartbreaking,

A single mother, trolley driver tells her story.

Elegant and regal,

On a nearly empty stage,

A singer, a dancer, a teacher,

An author, an actor, a complex director

She tells her saddening tale

She laughs, she sings

Intelligent and beautiful

An elegant poet,

A regal civil rights activist,

Sophisticated and grandmotherly,

She talks of her haunting past

Fascinating and inspirational,

Funny and… Continue

Added by Emma Dalen on October 30, 2012 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Girl Meets Boy, er... Beast

      I sat in my seat in the second tier of the Orpheum’s balcony.  Happiness and excitement were my emotions as I made myself comfortable to watch the performance of “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” for the first time on the stage.  From what I recalled of the animated movie, the Disney version of the classic fairytale, it was about a bookish village girl who slowly fell in love with a prince who had been transformed into a beast, and whose domestic staff consisted of magical…


Added by Emma Dalen on October 18, 2012 at 2:54pm — 1 Comment

Codpieces on Parade

    As Emma, the reviewer, sat down she wondered if she would like the show.  She enjoyed ABBA, but had not heard many good things said about Mamma Mia.  The musical was about a girl who lived with her Mother on a Greek Island and decided to invite the three men who might be her Father to her wedding.  A sudden flash appeared in the corner of the reviewer’s eye as she perused her program.  She quickly glanced over and sighed.  A group of old women were filing into the house of the theater…


Added by Emma Dalen on April 26, 2012 at 10:54pm — 1 Comment

Memories Are Made Of This

    I had not been…


Added by Emma Dalen on March 29, 2012 at 10:51pm — 2 Comments

Wake Me Up When September Ends: A Requiem To Lost Youth

I have waited for Green Day’s musical, “American Idiot”, with great anticipation. Boy were my expectations satisfied! Although “American Idiot” seemed more like a really fancy concert with elaborate sets than it…


Added by Emma Dalen on February 23, 2012 at 9:25pm — 2 Comments

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Added by Emma Dalen on January 19, 2012 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment




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