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People Are Racist - Motown Can Help

Motown had the opportunity of a lifetime - to really emphasize the extent that black culture and history has had an impact on contemporary music. They didn't take it. That's not to say that this celebration of Motown music didn't showcase spectacular music from across the board, it just didn't take it as far as it could have gone. This show still needs to appeal to the majority white theatergoers who will be the driving force of ticket sales. If Motown were to attempt to only draw in…


Added by Zoë Makila on December 19, 2014 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

A bullet point essay on what is Not Good

It is not good....

  • When the costume design makes every single person look so similar you can't tell them apart.
  • To be saying "dang it, is that the main character, or is he the main character?"
  • To have two singing roles and have neither be the main characters.
  • To have every other scene be a filler scene that does nothing but explain exactly what's about to happen in the next scene "Auditions for the talent show are right…

Added by Zoë Makila on October 9, 2014 at 9:59pm — 2 Comments

Is this really supposed to be uplifting?

Some shows are specifically made for people go to the theater to find a bit of God. Sound of Music, Children of Eden, Joseph, Godspell, Jesus Christ Superstar...the list goes on and on. And those are just the ones where it's obvious. There are plenty of musicals and plays with religious themes and motifs throughout. These shows are often uplifting, filled with positive messages, and are often more about love and caring for one another, rather than the religious messages…


Added by Zoë Makila on May 29, 2014 at 10:54pm — 1 Comment

Don't even waste your time.

Here’s a summary for Once: whiny ballads by people you can’t understand, with some awkward modern dance thrown in.

If you care to read on, here’s some more information that will hopefully persuade you to stay away from this overhyped musical with virtually no redeeming qualities making it worth the few uncomfortable hours.

Once is a tony…


Added by Zoë Makila on April 3, 2014 at 2:48pm — No Comments

Oh my god oh my god oh my god Oh my god oh my god oh my god Oh my god oh my god oh my god Oh my god oh my god oh my god Oh my god oh my god oh my god Oh my god oh my god oh my god

Imagine this: you’re in New York, at a small, broadway theater, ready and excited to see a show, and you’re in the back row but you can still see so well. This was my first experience with Peter and the Starcatcher. My most recent experience, at the Orpheum theater in Minneapolis, was quite different.

Adaptations from books, movies,…


Added by Zoë Makila on March 20, 2014 at 12:17am — No Comments

Here we go again.....

There are merits to having a big cast: you have the potential for a strong chorus, a big booming sound, impressive large group choreographic moments, it makes it possible to create a context in which a show will take place. Many shows do this very well. However, Mamma Mia is not one of them.

Mamma Mia employs a large cast of glorified set movers to poorly act out the forever cheesy story of a girl with three…


Added by Zoë Makila on February 20, 2014 at 10:24pm — 1 Comment

Alton Brown Live

For anyone who loves Bill Nye, and loves to eat, Alton Brown is your guy. His Food Network television shows are akin to Bill Nye, only all about cooking, and obviously aimed towards a more adult audience. However, his humor is riddled with fart and burp jokes that appeal to younger generations. His live tour is a combination of science, cooking, humor, and singing. It’s an enjoyable experience, and definitely something I’d recommend anyone to see should they get a…


Added by Zoë Makila on February 11, 2014 at 3:05pm — 1 Comment

Che: a Story About a Man Who Really Didn't Like Evita

Evita should probably be re-branded as “Che,” after Che Guevara (portrayed by Josh Young), the quasi narrator of the story. He spends his cliche Andrew Lloyd Webber “rock out” moments criticising Evita, her politics, activities, and her followers. Evita is more of a criticism rather than a celebration, which was not at all what I was expecting. The narrator/character of Che plays a confusing role in the show. Is he the narrator? Is he a citizen of Argentina? Does he exist? No? It's hard to…


Added by Zoë Makila on January 30, 2014 at 3:08pm — 1 Comment


Cabaret has left me very confused. It left me with my jaw dropped and my nail beds thoroughly bitten. It left me humming "Springtime for Hitler," from The Producers. It left me needing to consume as much literature related to the musical, the movie, the symbolism, past productions. But mostly, I was just confused. 

That is not to say that I didn't enjoy myself. I had a great time seeing it, and think it was a very well done production.

But I'm just so confused.…


Added by Zoë Makila on January 17, 2014 at 2:30pm — 3 Comments

A Comparative Essay On We Will Rock You and the Average Middle School Play

If you think a musical comprised of hit 70s songs does not sound comparable to the fine art that is middle school theatrics, you would be wrong. We Will Rock You and stereotypical middle school plays and musicals have a lot in common. Like, a lot a lot.

The first thing you can expect at any middle school performance is to get a lot of cheap jokes. Though the jokes in We Will Rock You were certainly more sexualized in nature, it was very much the…


Added by Zoë Makila on November 20, 2013 at 12:57am — 3 Comments

Audio and Dance: the perfect combination

Today’s review comes to you in 3 acts. Act one, dance and radio: two creative acts that should not go together but totally work. Act two, three spectacular performers in three very different acts onstage. And finally, act three, how interactive technical aspects elevated the experience just that much more.

We start in act one.

Dance and…


Added by Zoë Makila on November 15, 2013 at 12:42am — No Comments

CARRIE: An Open Letter From a Disgruntled Artistic Intern


Hi ya’ll, so as you know, I am from the South. I love all kinds of coke, and saying ya’ll. I also want to be an artistic director for musicals on Broadway. I have a lot of opinions.

But we all have to start somewhere and I’m starting here. I’m starting as the Intern in the Artistic department with MMT. Minneapolis Musical Theater was super cool to hire…


Added by Zoë Makila on October 22, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments

The Absolutely True Diary of an Elphaba Standby (The Worst Job on Broadway)

Hey all, welcome to my blog, where I talk about all things WICKED. Well, it's been a loooooong tour, and I still haven't gone onstage ONCE. 

What's that? You don't even know who I am? I'm Zoe Makila. And I'm an Elphaba standby. 

What does that mean? Well. It means I have to be in full costume, hair, and makeup every show just in case Alison Luff throws up, or breaks her arm in the middle of the show. I'm not an understudy, I don't get to go on if we know she won't be…


Added by Zoë Makila on September 20, 2013 at 9:44pm — 1 Comment

Should I do it? Should I go for the cliché?? I'm gonna do it!!! This show was supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

As the scrim with MARRY POPPINS scrolls up at the top of the show, a dreary, black and white set is revealed. Don’t let this fool you, Mary Poppins is a colorful, amazing treat.

First, I have to talk about the set. It was amazing. The use of perspective allowed the stage to appear so much larger than it actually is. For example, the kitchen set had all of the shelves appear on a slant, creating the illusion of a vanishing point and allowing the set…


Added by Zoë Makila on April 24, 2013 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Aziz Ansari, or as I like to call him, Azzizle Anzizzle

Warning: This review contains a bit of adult language

Eight rows from the front at a comedy show...I feel so grown up! There are attractive 20-somethings drinking beer out of plastic bottles, and menacing security personnel all over the place. I'm close enough to…


Added by Zoë Makila on April 8, 2013 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

I'm a "Maniac" in this review because I have a lot of mean things to say!

The tagline for Flashdance reads "One girl. One dream. One chance." A very accurate slogan previews the story right on the cover of the playbill. It's also a very cliché way to sum up a very cliché musical. Flashdance is incredibly predictable. I had the second act figured out within the first 30 minutes of the first. There is no such thing as subtle foreshadowing in the world of Flashdance

Cliché shows are forgivable. To a point. Unfortunately…

Added by Zoë Makila on April 4, 2013 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

It's Kind of What God Was Going For....

Andrew Rannells, Josh Gad, Rory O'Malley, Nikki M. James, and nine Tony awards….this tour had a lot to own up to. The original broadway cast put on such a stunning performance and generated a lot of publicity. With such defined roles and a widely known ideal of each character, it's hard to make a show your own.

Yet somehow, they did it. Mark Evans and Christopher John O'Neill rocked the house with their own depictions of Elders Price and…

Added by Zoë Makila on February 6, 2013 at 12:27am — 2 Comments

Jeans in Ancient Egypt?

Aida was a little bit like Justin Bieber. Do I like his music? No, but it's catchy. Do I like his clothes? No, not really. Do I think he's talented? Definitely.
I think people have trouble differentiating between talent and liking something. Just because you like it, doesn't mean it's good, and vice versa. 
Did I like Aida? No. Did I think it was good? Yes.
The talent from the performers of Aida was apparent from the beginning. Cat Brindisi…

Added by Zoë Makila on January 24, 2013 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

It's Rainin' Men.....'s butts.

The text I sent during intermission says it all: "I may have been a bit too quick to judge…this show is not as bad as I thought it would be." I was expecting a repeat of last seasons's flop, Mamma Mia, but found myself pleasantly surprised!  This show gives old one-hit-wonders a new chance, with different meanings, different melodies, and much more flamboyant costumes.

There were a few things to get used to, but once you did, the show…

Added by Zoë Makila on January 9, 2013 at 1:00am — 1 Comment

Skanky Yankees!

Ever wanted to see female yankees, doctors, and flight attendants dressed in near nothing? Look no further than the Orpheum Theater, where you will see that, and more. Surprisingly, these scantily clad women are highlight of an otherwise dull adaptation of the real life story of Frank Abagnale Jr.. The score is predictable, the plot slow-moving, and the acting just so-so. With the exception of a few show stopping moments, this play drags on to the point of me wanting to rip out my hair.…


Added by Zoë Makila on December 13, 2012 at 9:12pm — 3 Comments


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