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Defies Expectations

I think that it is safe to say that The Wizard of Oz is a huge cultural touch point in American society. From the original film to the “Super Soul” musical known as The Wiz. It’s the prequel to this beloved story, though, that has just hit the Orpheum: Our beloved Wicked. It first premiered on Broadway in 2003 with Idina Menzel as Elphaba (The Wicked Witch of the West) and Kristin Chenoweth as Glinda (The Good…


Added by Nina Afremov on April 15, 2017 at 3:47pm — No Comments

Something (Mostly) Wonderful

This iconic musical is well known for its Film Adaptation in 1956, but The King and I made its debut on Broadway in 1951, based on the Margaret Landon's novel Anna and the King of Siam. Between 1952 and 2015, the musical has won awards time and time again and has been nominated an innumerable amount of times. The plot remains timeless and timely as two people of different cultures strive to understand the other in a rapidly…


Added by Nina Afremov on March 3, 2017 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

Thank You (Only) for the Music

Mama Mia!, originally written by Catherine Johnson and composed by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, is a unique musical, to say the very least. Premiered in 1999, the numbers are based on songs of the 1970’s stockholm-based pop band ABBA. The upbeat soundtrack can be accredited for its popularity (certainly not the plot), which has lead to innumerable global tours, an iconic film version, as well as a fourteen year long run on Broadway! This version of the…


Added by Nina Afremov on February 10, 2017 at 1:19am — No Comments

Jesus Loves Me (This Musical less so)

Based on the 1992 Warner Brothers film, The Bodyguard is . . . let’s see . . .  over the top? It’s melodramatic plot weakens its platform in reality, and the poorly developed characters have the logic of distressed teenagers in a low budget horror movie. Despite all this, there’s a reason it has gained publicity and adoration from audiences since its debut in 2012 at the Adelphi Theatre in London’s West End: the music. The film, featuring Whitney…


Added by Nina Afremov on January 13, 2017 at 1:14am — 2 Comments

I'm Changing My Major to Fun Home

Based on the 2006 graphic memoir by Alison Bechdel, Fun Home has quickly grown into a success since it’s debut in 2013 and appearance on Broadway two years later. The graphic memoir has won various literary awards including the “Lamda Literary Award,” and the Broadway production won five Tony awards out of twelve nominations! Its progressive, honest theme and its music can be accredited to its success.

It was fascinating…


Added by Nina Afremov on December 14, 2016 at 11:09pm — 2 Comments

Curious Incident - Technology Age Theater

Based on the 2003 mystery murder novel by Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, adapted by Simon Stephens, has made a quick ascent into the modern theater world. Since it’s debut at the West End Theatre in 2012, it has gained international attention and has cultivated countless awards in only four years with its innovative technical details and fearlessness to portray difficult circumstances.…


Added by Nina Afremov on December 2, 2016 at 1:16am — 2 Comments

Marvelous - but Don't Tell Mama!

Since its 1966 debut on Broadway, Cabaret has captured the world’s attention with its raunchy nature and its reflection of the rise of Nazi Germany. Based on the work of Christopher Isherwood, I believe that its extreme contrasts in playfulness and solemness is what the world finds so appealing. This version, directed by BT McNicholl, takes these features to extreme limits. 

Randy Harrison is an exceptional Master of Ceremonies. His performance is energetic…


Added by Nina Afremov on October 20, 2016 at 10:47pm — 2 Comments

Convert to The Book of Mormon Fan Club

The book of Mormon is unlike any other musical. Created by Robert Lopez, Trey Parker, and Matt Stone, the creators of the famously controversial TV Series “South Park,”  “Book of Mormon” premiered on Broadway in 2011. Since then, it has gone on several tours and continues to captivate audiences with its blunt, bawdy humor. While I was impressed by the Musical’s ability to offend everyone in the theater, yet gain their applause, I was also captivated by the…


Added by Nina Afremov on May 12, 2016 at 10:15pm — 1 Comment

Any (Other) Dream Will Do

To say the least, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a flamboyant show. It is based on the biblical story of Joseph; driven by jealousy that is fueled by their father’s favoritism, Joseph’s brothers steal his rainbow-colored coat and sell him to Ishmaelites who take him to Egypt. From there, Joseph follows his destiny and finds success within the struggle. The show first premiered in 1968 and lasted only fifteen minutes. since then, Tim Rice…


Added by Nina Afremov on March 31, 2016 at 7:38pm — 1 Comment

If/Then- A Sense of Hope

If/Then, directed by Michael Greif, is an energetic and comedic musical that will take you on an emotional rollercoaster filled with fear, love, uncertainty, and hope. First performed in 2013, the contemporary musical featured the infamous Idina Menzel as the main character. The production quickly moved onto the Broadway stage the following year and it continues to gain popularity. We follow the analytical urban planner Elizabeth (Jackie Burns) after her divorce,…


Added by Nina Afremov on March 9, 2016 at 3:21pm — 2 Comments

Gypsy- Quite Literally Dazzling

Let me me entertain you with all the ways Gypsy has been made a fresh and entertaining affair at the Pantages theater- in terms of technicality. First produced in 1959, Gypsy remains a popular musical today. The story follows a mother, Rose, who is trying to make one of her daughters, June, a Vaudeville star. The reality of the Great Depression and the evolution of artistic tastes halts the dream. While she struggles to bring success for her talented…


Added by Nina Afremov on February 27, 2016 at 8:18pm — 2 Comments

Newsies- A Show that is One for All

Disney’s Newsies is a show that exudes youthful energy, romantic adventure, longing, struggle, and triumph; all combined with outstanding choreography and several iconic numbers. The showbreathes life into the Newsboy’s strikes of 1899. With Alan Menken composing the music and Jack Feldman writing lyrics, Newsiesbegan as a Disney film released…


Added by Nina Afremov on February 11, 2016 at 1:52pm — 1 Comment


“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” is not only a four time Tony winning show, but has also breathed life into comedic musicals, a genre people feared was dying. Capturing people since 2012 with inventive deaths and the cruel, but eye-glueing, agony of love, this innovative show is more than an over the top comedy and even reveals the cruelest human instincts.

We begin the show by meeting Monty Navarro who takes us through the pages of his memoir. It begins when he discovers his…


Added by Nina Afremov on January 7, 2016 at 9:24pm — 2 Comments

Blue Man Group: The Anti-Theater

The concert-goer's show and the theater-goer’s concert, Blue Man Group has become a phenomenon from Las Vegas to Japan in the past twenty five years. It is a show that is constantly touring with many different cast and crew combinations. Known for its display of Synesthesia (mixing of the senses), hundreds flock to to the Orpheum to see the show created, written, and directed by Matt Goldman, Phil Stanton, and Chris Wink. I was among this crowd and I could not understand the over…


Added by Nina Afremov on December 20, 2015 at 8:29pm — 3 Comments

"What Can You Say in Three Minutes?"

“What can you say in three minutes or less?” Gerry Goffin would ask. The answer is many things, but one hundred and eighty seconds is not enough time to describe every reason why Beautiful: The Carole King Musical is so worth seeing. Directed by Marc Bruni, the musical synopsis of the groundbreaking Carole King’s life is an energetic performance bound to thaw anyone’s heart. From the 1940’s-1970’s, taking place in the music world of New York, we see how…


Added by Nina Afremov on November 20, 2015 at 7:11pm — 1 Comment


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