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Well.. It's POPULAR Alright

Well..It’s Popular Alright

 

Paint the town in green! Everyone who has at least some idea of theater loves Wicked. And I sit here, feeling like a hipster, wanting not to like it because of its constant touring and overplayed songs, and yet still find myself on the edge of my seat covered in goosebumps during “Defying Gravity”. I sit and gawk as the flying monkeys tumble across the stage…

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Added by Madilyn Duffy on April 16, 2017 at 9:10pm — 1 Comment

I say.. Matilda, You're a Miracle

Madilyn Duffy

Matilda

3/28/2017

I Say… Matilda, You’re a Miracle

            We have dealt with a lot this season. The first three shows of the Orpheum’s 2016-2017 season were like a sucker punch to the gut in terms of sadness, shock factor, and emotional turbulence. After that, it was a parade of mediocracy that prevented a true connection to be formed between the actors and the audience, whether the fault was the actors or the plot itself.…

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Added by Madilyn Duffy on March 29, 2017 at 2:04pm — 1 Comment

I Am Confused

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The King and I

I am Confused”

 

       We have all seen Disney movies. The castle in the beginning with the whimsical music played over it. The beautiful animation that allows each character to be unique and exquisite purely because of the way lines on paper are shaped. The King and I, directed by…

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Added by Madilyn Duffy on March 3, 2017 at 12:39am — 1 Comment

Average Trouper

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“Average Trouper”

Mamma Mia!

Everyone has that song from their childhood that they suddenly hear again for the first time in years and nostalgia hits. It comes on the radio and suddenly every single word comes back as if it was only yesterday that it was you were singing along to it at the top of your lungs. For me, Mamma Mia! was that hint of nostalgia. The entirety of the show was a flashback to my childhood, with each song bringing back memories of…

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Added by Madilyn Duffy on February 10, 2017 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

Jukebox Flop

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The Bodyguard

Jukebox Flop

On numerous occasions in the last year shows have left me in awe by the time the curtain closed for the final time at the end of the night. I have been in tears, I have been smiling ear to ear, I have been clapping so hard my hands hurt, but I have never felt what I did at the end of The Bodyguard. I felt bored. It grieves me to put such a descriptor on a show, but there was no way around it. The show, try as it might to be a fresh…

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Added by Madilyn Duffy on January 12, 2017 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

The Partridge Family?

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Fun Home

 

Happy go lucky, suburban white families took over television between the 50s and 70s. The Brady Bunch, Happy Days, Father Knows Best, and the Partridge Family all focus on family and togetherness. In Fun Home, Alison (the youngest version played by Alessandra Baldacchino) uses a number from The Partridge Family to block out a fight…

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Added by Madilyn Duffy on December 15, 2016 at 4:31pm — 2 Comments

A Show or Reality?

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A Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

Come on everyone, let’s go see a show! Show is defined as a spectacle or display of something, typically an impressive one. This is the type of “show” I have become accustomed to in my monthly visits to the Orpheum and other local stages. Grandeur, ensemble numbers, and flashy costumes have been featured on these stages frequently in…

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Added by Madilyn Duffy on December 1, 2016 at 3:34pm — 2 Comments

Willkommen to Hell

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Willkommen to Hell

 

Everyone dreams of that mystical place where “life is beautiful” and where one can “leave your troubles outside”. More often than not, places that project this image tend to hide darker troubles underneath. Money, sex, and drugs can have momentary happiness and help one hide a problem beneath broader images of grandeur, but simply add more troubles…

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Added by Madilyn Duffy on October 19, 2016 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

This is No Spooky Mormon Hell Dream

Madilyn Duffy

The Book of Mormon

 

This is No Spooky Mormon Hell Dream

This was it. The production I had waited all year for. “It’s raunchy,” some people warned. “The jokes are very adult,” others said. After seeing The Book of Mormon on Tuesday night, I began to realize that everyone was right. But that’s what…

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Added by Madilyn Duffy on May 19, 2016 at 9:32am — 1 Comment

What If?-A Story of Possiblities

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If/Then





What If?- A Story of Possibilities





Every time you walk into a theater, there is a current of excitement that seems to exist in the crowd. The air itself seems charged with anticipation. People of all ages (although preferably over thirteen in the case of this show) and…

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Added by Madilyn Duffy on March 9, 2016 at 11:42am — 2 Comments

Gypsy

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Gypsy

 

Gypsy: Broadway Reimagined

 

The beauty of the theater district in downtown Minneapolis is in its rich history. The Orpheum, the State, but especially the Pantages Theater. Originally part of the Pantages vaudeville circuit, this theater has been through glamour and destruction. This rich…

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Added by Madilyn Duffy on February 21, 2016 at 9:30pm — No Comments

EXTRA! EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT IT!

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Newsies

 

Extra! Extra! Read All About It!

This was it. The big moment. The show that had been sold out for weeks, and I had been talking about for months. Disney’s Newsies had all of the elements that you could want in a show. Fantastic dance numbers, strong vocal leads, and a story leaving you…

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Added by Madilyn Duffy on February 11, 2016 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

The D'ysquiths Should Stay Dead

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder has been described in numerous reviews as uproarious, death defying, and restoring faith in the musical comedy. Therefore it was quite a surprise when I found myself only politely giggling at seemingly appropriate times, and spent most of the show wondering how the jokes could be any cornier. A Gentleman’s Guide showed a desperation for laughs that left many in the audience sitting in silence…

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Added by Madilyn Duffy on January 7, 2016 at 1:52pm — 1 Comment

Confused, and Yet Loving It (A Story of The Blue Man Group)

In the days leading up to Blue Man Group, I sat there questioning what I was about to see. I had read up on the theory of the show (a mixture of comedy, music, and technology), but still had no idea how this show would be pulled off. Many people told me “I saw that when I was a kid” or “I haven’t seen them since I was little”, leaving me to expect a childish show that would leave me entertained but wanting more. This was not the case. I left the show…

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Added by Madilyn Duffy on December 20, 2015 at 3:52pm — 2 Comments

Beautifully Made for Broadway

As I walk into the theater, I first the lonely piano sitting on stage as lights to either side of me projected Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Directed by Marc Bruni, the show had many people abuzz with anticipation over the incoming musical. Those in the audience around me began to hum songs before the show even began, and sang along as Abby Mueller belted out King’s most iconic songs. The electricity of those who grew up with Carole King soon…

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Added by Madilyn Duffy on December 16, 2015 at 4:30pm — No Comments

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