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A Night of Fulfilled Expectations

As advertised widely throughout the twin cities area this February, The King and I has come to town and it has lived up to its reputation. This highly acclaimed production about the dichotomy of the eastern world vs the eastern world, told through the story of an English nanny (Laura Michelle Kelly) and her experience with the royal family of Siam. Within the musical we see the king of Siam (Jose Llana) struggle to understand the way Western culture…

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Added by Talia Wendlandt on May 31, 2017 at 10:22am — No Comments

Imperfect Family Fun

Matilda has come to town, bringing family fun and lots of laughs! In this musical comedy and coming of age tale, we see a brilliant young Matilda (Jaime Maclean) forced to put up with a terrible set of parents (Matt Harrington and Darcy Stewart) and a monstrous principal (Dan Cameroy). Her only consolations are the books that she voraciously reads, and her teacher, Ms. Honey (Jennifer Bowles ), who is the only adult in her life that believes in her.…

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Added by Talia Wendlandt on May 31, 2017 at 10:19am — No Comments

An Expense Well Worth It

As advertised widely throughout the twin cities area this February, The King and I has come to town and it has lived up to its reputation. This highly acclaimed production about the dichotomy of the eastern world vs the eastern world, told through the story of an English nanny (Laura Michelle Kelly) and her experience with the royal family of Siam. Within the musical we see the king of Siam (Jose Llana) struggle to understand the way Western culture…

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Added by Talia Wendlandt on May 31, 2017 at 10:00am — No Comments

Something For Everyone: Mamma Mia!

Upon entering the Orpheum on Tuesday, the stage was already set in a maritime fashion. As the soon-to-be audience entered, they were free to look out on a stage lit with beige and aqua. This being a clear yet abstract representation of the Greek beaches that make up the setting of Mamma Mia!, the iconic musical each patron was about to experience. Mamma Mia is a story revolving around Sophie Sheridan’s (Lizzie Markson)…

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Added by Talia Wendlandt on February 27, 2017 at 1:37pm — No Comments

Nostalgia and Not Much Else: The Bodyguard the Musical

As I arrived at the Orpheum on opening night of The Bodyguard, I was admittedly a bit sleepy. As the show started with a literal bang, I was cured of my lack of energy instantly. Unfortunately, the strong start to the show only foreshadowed a night full of inconsistency.

The Bodyguard is based on a movie of the same title starring Whitney Houston and the entire soundtrack consists of beloved Whitney songs. The show follows a celebrity of Houston-like fame named Rachel Marron (Deborah Cox)… Continue

Added by Talia Wendlandt on January 13, 2017 at 1:00am — 2 Comments

Fun Home: A Learning Experience

Opening night of Fun Home at the Orpheum consisted of soaring nights and high flying emotions. Fun Home is based on the true story of Alison Bechdel, a gay comic artist. The musical revolves around Allison’s father’s (Robert Petkoff) life and death and the way Allison copes with it. Fun Home features three actresses playing Bechdel at three different ages: child (Alessandra Baldacchino), teenager (Abby Corrigan), and adult (Kate Shindle). While the book and music are written incredibly, this… Continue

Added by Talia Wendlandt on December 16, 2016 at 7:26am — 2 Comments

A Night-Time of Polish and Production

Opening night of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time was a night of intricate complexities and attention to detail. The show follows the investigation of a beloved neighbor’s pet’s death, as led by an autistic 15 year old boy named Christopher (Adam Langdon). The audience is presented the story through both Christopher’s mind’s inner workings and the book he is writing about his investigation. As Christopher shares his novel with his…

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Added by Talia Wendlandt on December 2, 2016 at 1:52am — 2 Comments

Talia Wendlandt Cabaret Everything and then Nothing Roundabout Theatre’s Cabaret was breathtaking, except when it wasn’t. The detailed staging of the show and the clear attention to where each charac…

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Cabaret

Everything and then Nothing

Roundabout Theatre’s Cabaret was breathtaking, except when it wasn’t. The detailed staging of the show and the clear attention to where each character was, whether written into the scene or not, were undeniably both intelligent and justified. And yet during musical scenes involving chorus members, lyrics and…

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Added by Talia Wendlandt on October 21, 2016 at 1:31am — 2 Comments

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