Brooke Bridenstine

Brooke is a Des Moines native who has been enjoying theater her entire life. She fell in love with writing about theater in college when an extra credit assignment in Theater 106 was to go to a show and review it. After seeing Wicked thirteen times last year, Brooke decided it was time to start making something of her passion.
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Des Moines Offers Fantastic Shows in AprilDes Moines Offers Fantastic Shows in April
Posted: Apr. 1, 2014


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BWW Reviews: Bourne's SLEEPING BEAUTY DelightsBWW Reviews: Bourne's SLEEPING BEAUTY Delights
Posted: Sep. 30, 2013


BWW Reviews: BROADWAY'S NEXT HIT MUSICAL Should Be Your Next StopBWW Reviews: BROADWAY'S NEXT HIT MUSICAL Should Be Your Next Stop
Posted: May. 6, 2013


BWW Reviews: WICKED Casts Spell Over Des MoinesBWW Reviews: WICKED Casts Spell Over Des Moines
Posted: Nov. 8, 2013


Witches Descend on Des Moines Theaters This OctoberWitches Descend on Des Moines Theaters This October
Posted: Oct. 1, 2013


BWW Reviews: Blue Men Invade Des MoinesBWW Reviews: Blue Men Invade Des Moines
Posted: Feb. 23, 2014


BWW Reviews: Des Moines Goes JERSEYBWW Reviews: Des Moines Goes JERSEY
Posted: Jul. 30, 2013


Des Moines Offers Fantastic Shows in AprilDes Moines Offers Fantastic Shows in April
April 1, 2014

Though spring officially began in March, April feels like the true beginning of a new season. The sun is shining, the weather is warming and April makes up for a slower March with shows of every variety.
Classics Abound in Des Moines This MarchClassics Abound in Des Moines This March
March 2, 2014

Classic books are making a comeback - on stage, that is. From family plays based on books by E.B. White and Judy Blume to an epic musical based on a work by Victor Hugo, all kinds of books are coming to life on stage this month.
BWW Reviews: Blue Men Invade Des MoinesBWW Reviews: Blue Men Invade Des Moines
February 23, 2014

The blue, bald headed men of the aptly named Blue Man Group invaded Des Moines last week and proved why they have been leaving their blue prints around the globe for nearly thirty years. Time after time - and with decibels to spare - Blue Man Group brought audiences to their feet.
February Shows Kick Des Moines into GearFebruary Shows Kick Des Moines into Gear
February 3, 2014

No matter what the groundhog said on February 2nd, February will kick start an early spring with shows of every variety setting up shop in Des Moines.
January Forecast: Hot Theaters in Des MoinesJanuary Forecast: Hot Theaters in Des Moines
January 6, 2014

Let the theater be your respite from the cold this January. From rock and roll to award-winning plays, there is a show for everyone this month.
Classics and More Onstage This Holiday  Season in Des MoinesClassics and More Onstage This Holiday Season in Des Moines
December 7, 2013

Though there is no shortage of cold air in Des Moines this month, there is also no shortage of great theater. Read on to find out what you can't miss this month.
BWW Reviews: WICKED Casts Spell Over Des MoinesBWW Reviews: WICKED Casts Spell Over Des Moines
November 8, 2013

The musical that flew back to Des Moines last week needs no introduction. Wicked, The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz, cast its spell on Des Moines in two prior engagements and this time around new spectators and Wicked veterans alike will be flocking to see the gravity defying musical.
Much to See in Des Moines this NovemberMuch to See in Des Moines this November
October 31, 2013

Stages in November will be abuzz with song and dance, laughter and joy. November highlights include Broadway blockbusters, family-friendly musicals, and a classic play.
Witches Descend on Des Moines Theaters This OctoberWitches Descend on Des Moines Theaters This October
October 1, 2013

October will offer a variety of productions for Des Moines theatergoers. From Broadway blockbusters to smaller dramatic plays, there will be something for everyone. Read on to find out how to get involved.
BWW Reviews: Bourne's SLEEPING BEAUTY DelightsBWW Reviews: Bourne's SLEEPING BEAUTY Delights
September 30, 2013

Ballet is not a dance style often featured on a Broadway stage, but Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty may change that. His production of Sleeping Beauty is as imaginative, expansive, and stunning as the best productions offered on Broadway. In its' North American premiere at the Des Moines Civic Center this past weekend, Sleeping Beauty won over audiences with virtuosity and spectacle.
See Classic Productions and More in Des Moines This MonthSee Classic Productions and More in Des Moines This Month
September 1, 2013

Just as summer is transitioning to fall, September is also the month in which the slower summer theater season shifts into the busier fall and winter season. Several shows will open in September, including a show making its' North American Premiere.
August in Des Moines: Gear Up for FallAugust in Des Moines: Gear Up for Fall
August 13, 2013

August is caught between the relaxing stretch of summer and the buildup to the hustle back to school season. Luckily, there is a wonderful play you can see this month that will transform you to a different time and place.
BWW Reviews: Des Moines Goes JERSEYBWW Reviews: Des Moines Goes JERSEY
July 30, 2013

When Jersey Boys opened on Broadway in 2005 it won numerous Tony awards and was heaped with praise. This week, the national tour makes a second stop in Des Moines, to remind us that the awards and praise are well deserved.
Theatrical Fireworks in Des Moines This JulyTheatrical Fireworks in Des Moines This July
July 2, 2013

What has thus far been a relatively quiet summer on the stage heats up this month thanks to a national tour and a local take on a Broadway hit.
BWW Reviews: BROADWAY'S NEXT HIT MUSICAL Should Be Your Next StopBWW Reviews: BROADWAY'S NEXT HIT MUSICAL Should Be Your Next Stop
May 6, 2013

Des Moines Performing Arts' Temple Comedy Series has done an excellent job of showcasing small comedy and improv troupes this season. Wrapping up the series right now is the improv musical comedy Broadway's Nest Hit Musical running now through May 12th.
Find Music and Laughter in Des Moines Theaters This MayFind Music and Laughter in Des Moines Theaters This May
May 4, 2013

May is not quite the busy month that April was, but there are some fun events to look forward to in Des Moines this month.
BWW Reviews: ROCK OF AGES Blasts Des Moines Audiences Back to the 80'sBWW Reviews: ROCK OF AGES Blasts Des Moines Audiences Back to the 80's
April 29, 2013

When Rock of Ages stopped in Des Moines for a limited engagement last week, the beat could be heard for blocks and audiences were on their feet before the last number was over.
Look for Busy Theaters in Des Moines This April - ROCK OF AGES, DISTRACTED and More!Look for Busy Theaters in Des Moines This April - ROCK OF AGES, DISTRACTED and More!
April 2, 2013

Des Moines audiences are getting spoiled with several productions again this month. After a busy March, April follows suit with a national tour and numerous local productions throughout the month.
BWW Reviews: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is Worth Every PennyBWW Reviews: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is Worth Every Penny
March 29, 2013

Million Dollar Quartet is difficult to categorize. Billed as a musical, it is unlike almost any musical playing because it takes place over an extremely short time span and features a small cast of characters. The show, which tells of a recording session at Sam Phillips' Sun Records featuring Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, and Carl Perkins, feels more like a concert because the musical numbers do not comment on the plot or characters. One thing is certain, when Million Dollar Quartet stopped in Des Moines last week, audiences were dancing in the aisles.
March Will Be An Eventful Month For Des Moines TheatersMarch Will Be An Eventful Month For Des Moines Theaters
March 4, 2013

With two national tours and a local production getting underway, March will be a busy month in Des Moines.


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