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Thank Goodness for Wicked

Wicked, the musical backstory of the Wicked Witch of the West, is based on the Gregory Maguire novel, which is in turn based off of Frank L. Baum’s Wizard of Oz. There are hundreds of versions of the Wizard of Oz story, the most famous of which include The Boy From Oz and The Wiz. The World of Oz is similar to the world of Harry Potter, in that it is beloved by audiences and is…

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Added by Kate Lawless on April 15, 2017 at 1:40pm — 1 Comment

An Inconsistent Performance: Matilda Review

 

Based on the children’s book by Roald Dahl, Matilda brims with childlike energy, which is unfortunately dulled by the adult actors performances. This beloved story of a young girl, Matilda (Jenna Weir), learning to use her imagination, intelligence, and magic to do what is right (and sometimes be a little bit naughty) needs to feel precocious and whimsical, and the child actors nail that. However, the adult actors…

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Added by Kate Lawless on March 31, 2017 at 11:37pm — No Comments

Should I Tell You What I Think Of You?: A Review of The King and I

The King and I is a poorly fleshed out version of the Sound of Music, except it is set in Siam, rather than Austria. Written also by Rogers and HammersteinThe King and I struggles to be as timelessly entertaining as their other shows. It’s the story of an English teacher, Anna (Laura Michelle Kelly), who moves to Siam (Modern day Thailand) to teach the harem and children of the King of Siam (Jose Llana). Anna…

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Added by Kate Lawless on March 6, 2017 at 9:19pm — No Comments

Should I Tell You What I Think Of You?: A Review of The King and I

The King and I is a poorly fleshed out version of the Sound of Music, except it is set in Siam, rather than Austria. Written also by Rogers and HammersteinThe King and I struggles to be as timelessly entertaining as their other shows. It’s the story of an English teacher, Anna (Laura Michelle Kelly), who moves to Siam (Modern day Thailand) to teach the harem and children of the King of Siam (Jose Llana). Anna…

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Added by Kate Lawless on March 6, 2017 at 9:19pm — No Comments

Mama Mia: The Ultimate Juke-Box Musical

Every time Mama Mia comes to Minneapolis, people flock to see it because of it’s reputation as a hilarious, juke-box musical and the overall production of the Farewell Tour of Mama Mia is everything this beloved musical should be. With the exception of certain actor’s performances, the show is nearly perfect. The story is still the same, Sophia Sheridan (Lizzie Markson) invites her father to her wedding so he can walk her down the aisle to her handsome beau,…

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Added by Kate Lawless on February 12, 2017 at 2:55pm — 1 Comment

Deborah Cox is the Queen of the Night

If you’re really wishing you could’ve seen a Whitney Houston concert, the next best thing you can get now is seeing The Bodyguard. It’s a dramatic love story, where all-business bodyguard, Frank Farmer (Judson Mills) is assigned to protect bossy popstar Rachel Marron from a stalker, who threatens to kill her at the height of her career. They predictably fall in love, but Rachel’s career and Frank’s job interfere with their relationship.

Modeled…

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Added by Kate Lawless on January 12, 2017 at 5:09pm — 2 Comments

The Set That Stole the Show

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time handles very adult material, such as the autism spectrum, extramarital affairs, and murder, so you’d assume this Tony award winning show is characterized by emotional performances by gifted actors and the overarching message of searching for truth and carefully handling trust. Sure, the story is both heartwarming and heartbreaking, but the storyline is more reminiscent of a Jodi Picoult novel, it’s stage rendition. I…

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Added by Kate Lawless on December 1, 2016 at 11:59pm — 2 Comments

Life Is Beautiful At The Cabaret

Cabaret, written by Joe Masteroff, John Kander, and Fred Ebb, is being performed at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis. It’s the story of struggling writer, Clifford Bradshaw (Benjamin Eakeley), and his twisted romance with Sally Bowles (Andrea Goss), a cabaret dancer, during the 1920’s. Cliff meets vivacious Sally during his first night in Berlin. Cliff and Sally rent an apartment owned by Fraulein Schneider, who not-so-secretly harbors feelings for her other tenant, Herr Schultz.…

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Added by Kate Lawless on October 19, 2016 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Catchy or Crass? Why Not Both! -A Book of Mormon Review

Catchy or Crass? Why Not Both! -A Book of Mormon Review

Kate Lawless

The Book of Mormon has a reputation for being one of the most outrageously funny shows on Broadway. It’s a religious satire musical, most famous for it’s shockingly unapologetic (and definitely politically incorrect) jokes as well as inappropriately cheery and catchy music.



The Book of Mormon is about Kevin Price (Ryan Bondy),…

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Added by Kate Lawless on May 12, 2016 at 10:20pm — 1 Comment

If/Then: Two Roads Diverged in Madison Square Park

Every choice we make could ultimately change the course of our lives, for better or for worse. This is the idea behind If/Then, the Tony Award nominated musical being performed at the Orpheum Theatre this month. The show was originally crafted around Broadway legend Idina Menzel, who has since left the show and passed on the leading role to Jackie Burns. Burns plays recently divorced Elizabeth who moves back to New York City to start her new life. Elizabeth meets up with her two…

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Added by Kate Lawless on March 13, 2016 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

This Show Entertains You!

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Gypsy Review

Gypsy, based on the 1957 memoir, is the story of a domineering stage mother, Rose (Michelle Barber) and her two daughters as they travel the country, trying to make it big in the glimmering, gritty world of 1920’s-30’s vaudeville. Mama Rose is a poor woman with big dreams of being a star- I mean, of her children being stars- that aren’t necessarily shared by her young girls, the bubbly Baby June…

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Added by Kate Lawless on February 25, 2016 at 6:40pm — 2 Comments

Newsies: King of Minneapolis

Written by Kate Lawless

Newsies Review

The National Tour of Newsies, performing at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, is set in 1899, a time of rampant injustice which sparked the Progressive movement, particularly in large American cities. The Newsies are examples of the victims of such injustice, as boisterous young men…

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Added by Kate Lawless on February 10, 2016 at 8:07pm — 1 Comment

A Gentleman’s Guide to Wowing the Audience

 

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A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

The Tony Award winning show, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, currently being performed at the State Theatre in Minneapolis, is surprisingly a comedic delight. The overview of the plot is simple— a man, the…

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Added by Kate Lawless on January 7, 2016 at 11:10pm — 2 Comments

Truly Beautiful

Kate Lawless

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

 

The national tour of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, currently being performed at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, brings to life the captivating story of a woman whose music still inspires people today. Though Carole King’s life was fraught with marital troubles and the competition and anxiety…

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Added by Kate Lawless on November 20, 2015 at 4:59pm — 1 Comment

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