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Brooke Bridenstine

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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BWW Reviews: JOSEPH Falls Short of 'Amazing'BWW Reviews: JOSEPH Falls Short of 'Amazing'
Posted: Nov. 24, 2014


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BWW Reviews: WE WILL ROCK YOU Fails to ImpressBWW Reviews: WE WILL ROCK YOU Fails to Impress
Posted: Jun. 18, 2014


BWW Reviews: ONCE Is Worth Seeing TwiceBWW Reviews: ONCE Is Worth Seeing Twice
Posted: Apr. 30, 2014


BWW Reviews: MAMMA MIA! Still the Reigning Dancing QueenBWW Reviews: MAMMA MIA! Still the Reigning Dancing Queen
Posted: May. 6, 2014


BWW Reviews: JOSEPH Falls Short of 'Amazing'BWW Reviews: JOSEPH Falls Short of 'Amazing'
November 24, 2014

Joseph is once again traveling the country with his coat of many colors, so how does this reimagining of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat fare in the current musical landscape? The hardworking cast keeps the show lively and entertaining but the musical shows its age in structure and song.
BWW Reviews: Don't Cry for EVITABWW Reviews: Don't Cry for EVITA
August 25, 2014

When Evita premiered on Broadway in 1979, it sat in a similar position as it does now: in a medium known for lighter fare, it seeks to tell a fairly unusual tale. And yet, the original Broadway production won multiple Tony awards and its' popularity spurred a 2012 Broadway revival and a current national tour that recently played in Des Moines.
BWW Reviews: WE WILL ROCK YOU Fails to ImpressBWW Reviews: WE WILL ROCK YOU Fails to Impress
June 18, 2014

There is not a lot to say about We Will Rock You. The plot is bizarre, the characters and dialogue are weak, and only the great music keeps it afloat.
BWW Reviews: MAMMA MIA! Still the Reigning Dancing QueenBWW Reviews: MAMMA MIA! Still the Reigning Dancing Queen
May 6, 2014

54 million people can't be wrong. That is the number of people that have seen the worldwide hit musical Mamma Mia since it debuted in 1999. The nearly sold out crowd in Ames this past Sunday night are now counted among those millions of fans.
BWW Previews: Much to See in Des MoinesBWW Previews: Much to See in Des Moines
May 1, 2014

A variety of theatrical experiences abound in Des Moines this May. Read on to find out more.
BWW Reviews: ONCE Is Worth Seeing TwiceBWW Reviews: ONCE Is Worth Seeing Twice
April 30, 2014

Once, the 2012 Tony Award winner for Best musical, is one of the most nontraditional musicals to come along in quite some time. Based on the Academy Award winning film of the same name, Once opened on Broadway in 2012 to strong reviews and the momentum continued to build to a Tony win and the launching of a national tour. Once played in Des Moines last week and, based upon the reception, will be welcome back anytime in the future.
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.


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