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Thank Goodness For the Green Girl

Every so often, there is a musical that makes it’s mark on society and becomes a sensation. In the 1940s, it was Oklahoma!, then in the 80s, Phantom of the Opera, and recent megahit Hamilton has also reached this status. But 14 years ago, the first musical sensation of the 21st century hit Broadway. Winning three Tony Awards,…

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Added by Larissa Milles on April 15, 2017 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Even if You're Little You Can Do a Lot

Children made up nearly a quarter of the population of the United States in 2016, yet many theatre pieces rarely feature children as the leading character. Sure, there’s the classic Oliver! or 1977’s Annie, but no modern musicals stick out with a child as the main character- that is except for Matilda the Musical, which…

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Added by Larissa Milles on March 30, 2017 at 3:30pm — No Comments

A Modern Classic

In the American musical theatre canon, the works of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II are often lauded as some of the greatest pieces of theatre. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s pieces are classic archetypical musical productions, 1951's The King and I included. The Lincoln Center Theater’s Tony Award winning revival production of the classic show is filled with exuberance from both the cast and the technical elements. Directed by Bartlett Sher, this production is able to take a…

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Added by Larissa Milles on March 2, 2017 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

A Wedding, Three Dads, and... Lots of Audio Issues?

With contagious music from ABBA and an enjoyable story, it’s no wonder hit musical Mamma Mia! is making its 8th appearance in Minneapolis. Mamma Mia!, directed by Phyllida Lloyd,  follows the story of Sophie Sheridan and her journey to discover which of three men is her father, after she invites all of them to her wedding in…

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Added by Larissa Milles on February 8, 2017 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

When Curtain Call is the Best Part of the Show

More often than not, musicals and plays are based off of a popular book, television show, or movie.  These types of shows bank on having a pre-existing audience, but many, however, often come across lazily done and are in need of a lot of refinement. The Bodyguard, directed by Thea Sharrock and based on the 1992 film of the same name starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner, is…

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Added by Larissa Milles on January 12, 2017 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Caption: What a Show

Theatre, perhaps in a most simple term, is just storytelling. Every piece of theatre has a beginning, a middle, and an end, just like a story. Some theatre pieces are wild and fantastical, while others are filled with love and romance; some, however, are honest and harrowing. These kinds of stories are the hardest to portray on stage because of the depth required of them. Fun Home,…

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Added by Larissa Milles on December 15, 2016 at 4:42pm — 2 Comments

Mind Over Matter

The human brain is a unique organism. It weighs only three pounds, is full of nearly 100 billion neurons, and can live four to six minutes without oxygen. Perhaps most interestingly, rarely does anyone ever get to see inside the brain of another human being. In The National Theatre’s production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, playing at the Orpheum, we are…

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Added by Larissa Milles on November 30, 2016 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

Deafening Silence and What It Means

In the first three seconds following the end of a show, it’s fairly easy to tell how the production impacted the audience. Sometimes, there is an immediate rush of applause that indicates a wonderful production. Every once and awhile, however, there’s dead silence. At times, a show has such a profound impact on its audience that following the finale, the house is completely silent.…

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Added by Larissa Milles on October 19, 2016 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

Lifelong

When I was three years old, my grandparents took me to see a production of The Wizard of Oz. It was my first theatrical experience. Soon after, they began receiving season tickets for The Children’s Theatre Company. Then finally, at the age of six, I got to see The Lion King at the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis. My love for theatre was created when I was young. I spent many years just watching…

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Added by Larissa Milles on June 15, 2016 at 10:06am — No Comments

Blashphemy Never Felt So Good

Warning: Faces are susceptible to soreness the morning after a night of nonstop laughter and smiling. This was true for me after I saw The Book of Mormon, playing at the Orpheum until May 29. Written by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, and Matt Stone, The Book of Mormon won nine Tony Awards in 2011, including Best Musical. The show tells the hilarious story of Elders Price and Cunningham as they are sent on their mission to Uganda. Filled…

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Added by Larissa Milles on May 11, 2016 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

Olympus Has Risen

One of the greatest experiences a theater-goer can have in their life, is to be one of the first to witness a show. This was an experience I got to live as I saw the opening night production of the Illusion Theater’s A Night in Olympus. I was excited to see the show, but wasn’t expecting much more than some one-liners and a few catchy tunes.  I thought I was going to see just a fun production, but I was given a Titan of a show, leaving me pleasantly…

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Added by Larissa Milles on May 8, 2016 at 8:58pm — 2 Comments

Blissfully Ignorant

They say ignorance is bliss. For me, ignorance was a good thing after seeing Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Even though it’s one of composer Andrew Lloyd Webber’s more well known pieces, I’d never before seen the show or knew much about it. As I left the theater, I heard murmurs of discussion, namely one person who stated that their favorite show had just been “ruined”. Now, Joseph wasn’t the best show…

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Added by Larissa Milles on March 30, 2016 at 6:10pm — 2 Comments

Love (This Show) While You Can

I’ll be the first to admit that I wasn’t exactly excited to see If/Then. I’d heard mediocre things about it in the past, so I was apprehensive going into the theatre. I’m glad to say that my apprehension was defeated. If/Then is an incredibly unique piece of theatre, directed by Michael Grief, and led by an impeccable cast. The show follows the two possible ways urban planner Elizabeth’s life may have ended up, one path…

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Added by Larissa Milles on March 9, 2016 at 8:19pm — 2 Comments

Momma Knows Best

Gypsy, the 1959 Stephen Sondheim musical based on the real life story of Gypsy Rose Lee, has often been hailed one of the greatest American musicals. The show follows Mamma Rose (Michelle Barber) and her two daughters, June (Victoria Wyffels/Shinah Brashears) and Louise (Carley Clover/Cat Brindisi), the latter of whom eventually becomes famed burlesque performer Gypsy Rose Lee. While watching this show, I quickly realized it was not a story that would…

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Added by Larissa Milles on February 27, 2016 at 11:54pm — 2 Comments

The World Will Know How Good This Show Is

     How can a musical about teenage boys selling newspapers possibly be entertaining? At its premise, Newsies may not sound like a very thrilling show. I can assure you that that’s not the case at all.  Newsies, directed by Jeff Calhoun, tells the story of New York City’s newsboys, led by Jack Kelly (Joey Barreiro), as they strike against newspaper tycoon Joseph Pulitzer (Steve Blanchard) for fair paper prices at the end of the…

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Added by Larissa Milles on February 10, 2016 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Foolish to Think It'd Be A Disappointment

I’ve learned in all my years of attending theatre that you shouldn’t head into a show with too high of expectations. For when you expect too much, you’re likely to be disappointed. Thankfully, I did not go into A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder with expectations, and I was not disappointed. The musical, directed by Darko Tresnjak, tells the story of Montague “Monty” Navarro, played brilliantly by Kevin Massey, who discovers he is distantly related…

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Added by Larissa Milles on January 6, 2016 at 8:54pm — 2 Comments

A Beautiful Name for a Beautiful Show

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Beautiful- The Carole King Musical

 

Before I saw Beautiful- The Carole King Musical, I wasn’t convinced that it would end up being one of my favorite musicals, but after witnessing it, I realized just how wrong I was. Beautiful, which ran at the Orpheum Theatre from November 18th to November 29th, tells the…

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Added by Larissa Milles on November 30, 2015 at 10:11pm — No Comments

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