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Matilda Mesmerizes

Matilda: the Musical, with all its wit and charm, has no problem going toe-to-toe with its book and movie versions, as well as the other successful shows in the Orpheum’s 2016-2017 lineup.


Based off the beloved children’s book by the legendary Roald Dahl, Matilda is about a precocious little girl who doesn’t let unfortunate circumstances stand in…


Added by Eleanor Wilhelmi on March 31, 2017 at 10:31am — No Comments

The King and I: Precisely My Cup of Tea

With the coveted Tony Awards for Best Musical and Best Revival to its name, The King and I is yet another show in the Minneapolis Orpheum’s 2016-2017 season that garnered high expectations before it even hit the stage. And, much like its predecessors, it does not disappoint.


Based off Margaret Landon’s novel Anna and the King of Siam (which was based off…


Added by Eleanor Wilhelmi on March 3, 2017 at 1:31am — 2 Comments

Mamma Mia! Lights a Fire Within Your Soul

After the Orpheum hosted an underwhelming run of The Bodyguard, it was up to Björn Ulvaeus and Catherine Johnson’s Mamma Mia!  to pick up the slack and rekindle the fire we’ve come to expect from shows there. Despite its undeniable shortcomings, Mamma Mia!  does the job with the help of a powerhouse cast, providing its audience a lovely form of escape from the harsh world beyond the stage…


Added by Eleanor Wilhelmi on February 10, 2017 at 12:30am — No Comments

The Bodyguard Falls Short

After beginning its 2016-2017 season with three knockout shows in a row, the Orpheum theater seemed to be on something of a winning streak. Unfortunately, The Bodyguard, the latest installment, has broken that streak. With a muddy storyline and overall confusing stylistic choices, it fails to live up to its predecessors as a cohesive piece.


The Bodyguard chronicles the…


Added by Eleanor Wilhelmi on January 13, 2017 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

Caption: Riveting and Necessary

Fun Home, the groundbreaking and critically acclaimed graphic-novel-turned-musical, is on its first national tour, and Minneapolis is fortunate enough to be one of its stops. From December 13th--18th, the Orpheum will host Lisa Kron’s adaptation of Alison Bechdel’s cartoon memoir. Fun Home is a reflection of Bechdel’s youth, portrayed through two different versions of herself: Small Alison (Alessandra Baldacchino), who represents her…


Added by Eleanor Wilhelmi on December 15, 2016 at 11:54pm — 2 Comments

By No 'Incident', Incredible

With its long list of awards--including five Tonys and seven Oliviers--and seemingly endless praise from the press, the National Theatre production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time has been expected to wow audiences from the jump, and it does not disappoint. Originally a novel by Mark Haddon, this spellbinding story was adapted into a play by Simon Stephens in 2012. Curious is set in Swindon, England, and is…


Added by Eleanor Wilhelmi on December 1, 2016 at 11:30pm — 3 Comments

Cabaret is 'Perfectly Marvelous'

Eleanor Wilhelmi



If you manage to procure a ticket to the Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of Cabaret, consider yourself lucky. The Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis hosts the show through October 23rd, making it a divinely provocative opener for Hennepin Theatre Trust’s Bank of America Broadway on Hennepin Season. Cabaret follows Clifford…


Added by Eleanor Wilhelmi on October 20, 2016 at 10:30pm — 3 Comments


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