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This Reviewer Says Matilda's a Miracle

The musical Matilda, which is based on the children’s novel of the same name by Roald Dahl, tells the story of Matilda (Jenna Weir), an incredibly intelligent five-year-old, as she overcomes the struggles of her abusive home life, discovers her own unique abilities, and helps her beloved teacher, Miss Honey (Jennifer Bowles), take back her life. Despite its seemingly dark subject matter, the musical is quite upbeat and heartwarming, with several examples…

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Added by Claire Karges on March 30, 2017 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

Getting to Know The King and I

The King and I, one of many successful pieces created by the duo Rodgers and Hammerstein, is based off of Margaret Landon’s 1944 novel Anna and the King of Siam, which is derived from the memoirs of Anna Leonowens, the governess to the children of King Mongkut of Siam in the 1860s. In similar fashion, the musical tells the story of Anna and her relationship with the King of Siam as he attempts to bring the influence of the Western world to…

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Added by Claire Karges on March 6, 2017 at 6:02pm — No Comments

Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! More of Mamma Mia!

The musical Mamma Mia! tells the story of a young woman named Sophie who wants to find out who her father is before she is married to her fiancé, Sky. As she gets to know her three possible fathers throughout the few days before her wedding, she also becomes closer with her mother, which ultimately helps her discover what she truly wants from her life. The show, which is mostly comedic in nature with some emotional touches, is beloved by many, especially…

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Added by Claire Karges on February 10, 2017 at 12:31am — No Comments

I'm Saving All My Love for "The Bodyguard"

When I entered the Orpheum Theater for the opening night performance of The Bodyguard, I was expecting nothing more than a corny musical filled with Whitney Houston songs and 80’s rom-com clichés. However, although some parts of the plot definitely delivered on the expected cheesiness, I was pleasantly surprised by the show’s elaborate dance numbers and overall fun and fast-paced energy. It wasn’t a perfect show, but it had a lot of strong redeeming…

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Added by Claire Karges on January 12, 2017 at 5:48pm — 2 Comments

A Christmas Carol (Makeup Review for Fun Home)

Amongst all the parties and gift-giving, it becomes shockingly easy to forget what Christmas is truly about -- being loving, kind, and charitable toward our fellow man. Seeing a show like A Christmas Carol at the Guthrie Theater is a good way to remind us what is so special about this holiday. The well-known tale tells the story of a greedy old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge, who is visited by the ghosts of Christmases past, present, and future in order to…

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Added by Claire Karges on December 22, 2016 at 9:29pm — No Comments

The Curious Incident of the Show with the Incredible Set

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time was adapted into a play by Simon Stephens and is based on the award-winning novel of the same name by Mark Haddon. The story focuses on Christopher Boone, a 15-year-old boy with an autism spectrum disorder, as he struggles with his education, his relationship with his parents, and the everyday obstacles that his disorder presents. The play has been praised by many critics for its incredible visual effects and won…

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Added by Claire Karges on November 30, 2016 at 6:06pm — 2 Comments

Cabaret Couldn't Please Me More

The musical Cabaret draws inspiration from Christopher Isherwood’s novel Goodbye to Berlin, as well as John Van Druten’s play, I Am A Camera, which was also based off of the novel, and was written by Joe Masteroff (book), John Kander (music), and Fred Ebb (lyrics). The show revolves around a shady nightclub called The Kit Kat Klub in Berlin, Germany, at the time of the rise of the Nazi party and tells the story of Clifford Bradshaw (Benjamin Eakeley), an American…

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Added by Claire Karges on October 21, 2016 at 12:00am — 2 Comments

I Believe That You’ll Love The Book of Mormon

When it came time to finally see The Book of Mormon at the Orpheum Theater, I can hardly say I felt unprepared. I had listened to many of the songs from the soundtrack and I knew the general storyline pretty well. However, seeing the show unfold before me was a completely different cup of tea. And I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.

The musical…

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Added by Claire Karges on May 12, 2016 at 7:42pm — 1 Comment

Love If/Then While You Can

In life, we all have many choices to make. Sometimes the choices are small, like what we will eat for dinner or what we’ll do for fun on a Friday night, and sometimes the choices are big, like where we’ll go to college or what we want to do for the rest of our lives. Either way, choices unite us as human beings; we can relate to the process of making difficult decisions in one way or another. This is the main idea behind the new musical, If/Then. The…

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Added by Claire Karges on March 9, 2016 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

Let Gypsy Entertain You

The musical Gypsy, which is loosely based off of the memoirs of famous striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee, is considered by many critics and writers to be the greatest American musical of all time. Many of the show’s songs, such as “Let Me Entertain You”, “Everything’s Coming Up Roses”, and “Rose’s Turn”, have become very popular standards. Theater Latté Da’s production of the musical, under the…

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Added by Claire Karges on March 6, 2016 at 9:32pm — 2 Comments

Newsies Will Give You Something to Believe In

After attending the opening night performance of Newsies at the Orpheum, I can finally understand all the hype surrounding the show. Though a story about a couple of ragtag newsboys fighting for their rights as workers in Lower Manhattan during the late 1800s might not seem very uplifting or particularly interesting, the performance was so passionate that the audience became completely enthralled within the first few scenes. With music by one of…

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Added by Claire Karges on February 10, 2016 at 10:57pm — 2 Comments

Dial 'M' For Monty

When we think of musical theater these days, it’s not unusual to envision an incredibly emotional show with touching songs, a tear-jerking plot line, and a deep hidden meaning that has the power to change the way we look at humanity and the world around us. This automatic connection can be blamed on the large amount of wildly famous shows, such as Les Misérables and Rent, that feed off of raw emotion and can bring the…

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Added by Claire Karges on January 7, 2016 at 10:57pm — 2 Comments

"Beautiful" is Beautiful!

On Wednesday night, I had the pleasure of going to see the opening night performance of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical at the Orpheum Theatre. Before learning about the show, I had never heard of Carole King before. Her songs had never come under my radar and I knew nothing about her life story. However, after watching the show, I can honestly say that I know I’ve been missing out. The show is a wonderful representation of her legacy and made me want…

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Added by Claire Karges on November 19, 2015 at 10:49pm — 3 Comments

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