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BWW Reviews: Mu Performing Arts' Production of Sondheim's A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC is Another Must-See Summer Musical Review BWW Reviews: Mu Performing Arts' Production of Sondheim's A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC is Another Must-See Summer Musical
by Jill Schafer - July 28, 2014

A few weeks ago I wrote that the Guthrie's My Fair Lady is the must-see summer musical. Correction: it's one of two. Mu Performing Arts' production of Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music should also be on your must-see list; it's every bit as good as My Fair Lady. The songs might not be as 'hummable and quotable,' but they're clever and beautifully complex in a way that only a Sondheim score can be. The music sounds gorgeous, the costumes are luscious, the show is funny but a little sad too, and the cast is fantastic (and by the way, they also happen to be Asian-American). It's another gorgeous production of a classic. (more...)


BWW Reviews: CAT IN THE HAT Has the Desired Effect at Children's Theatre Company Review BWW Reviews: CAT IN THE HAT Has the Desired Effect at Children's Theatre Company
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - July 21, 2014

What better way to review a Children's Theatre Company show than to have a real mom and her little boy attend and tell us about the experience? This first-hand review by a first-time reviewer will charm you into attending one of the remaining performances as the show closes this Sunday, July 27. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Lyric Arts Company of Anoka Does Jonathan Larson Proud with their Production of RENT Review BWW Reviews: Lyric Arts Company of Anoka Does Jonathan Larson Proud with their Production of RENT
by Jill Schafer - July 15, 2014

RENT gets me every time. Seeing it for the 14th time is just as thrilling, emotional, and epic as the first time I saw it 17 years ago. I can't even put into words why it has such a strong grip on my soul. It's just such a beautiful message of love, hope, community, and life, made all the more poignant by creator Jonathan Larson's untimely passing. Lyric Arts' new production is truly beautiful; the cast is energetic and talented, the sets and costumes have that cool rock show vibe, and the staging is different enough to make it feel fresh and original, but similar enough to the Broadway version to feel familiar to RENTheads like me. RENT is a brilliantly written piece of music-theater, and Lyric Arts has done Jonathan Larson proud. I can think of no higher praise. (more...)


BWW Reviews: The Guthrie Theater's Gorgeous New Production of MY FAIR LADY is a Musical with Style and Substance Review BWW Reviews: The Guthrie Theater's Gorgeous New Production of MY FAIR LADY is a Musical with Style and Substance
by Jill Schafer - July 10, 2014

There's a reason My Fair Lady is one of the most beloved musicals of all time. Not only does it feature a bunch of wonderful songs by Lerner and Loewe that have become classics, but it's based on the George Bernard Shaw play Pygmalion that deals with issues of class, gender, societal expectations, and the intersection of wealth and power. It's a musical that has style and substance. The Guthrie's gorgeous new production does well by this classic. The show is perfectly cast, the familiar music sounds great, the choreography is fantastic, and the sets and costumes are luscious. This hugely entertaining show is definitely a must-see summer blockbuster musical. (more...)


BWW Reviews: In The Jungle Theater's Beautiful Production of THE HEIRESS, a Woman Discovers Her Own Power through Pain and Heartache Review BWW Reviews: In The Jungle Theater's Beautiful Production of THE HEIRESS, a Woman Discovers Her Own Power through Pain and Heartache
by Jill Schafer - June 26, 2014

Last weekend I saw the classic play The Heiress, about Catherine, a wealthy heiress lacking in social graces with a stern father and an unexpected suitor. I was having a hard time wrapping my head around the play until I had a sudden revelation the next morning - Catherine is Mad Men's Peggy. The Heiress is all about Catherine reclaiming her power, even if it comes at the expense of her own happiness. (more...)


BWW Reviews: 7th House Theater Collective's Inventive Take on LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS is Deliciously Fun and Entertaining Review BWW Reviews: 7th House Theater Collective's Inventive Take on LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS is Deliciously Fun and Entertaining
by Jill Schafer - June 23, 2014

The great thing about the Twin Cities theater community is that not only can you see big lavish productions at the Orpheum, Ordway, or Guthrie, but you can also see small low-tech productions in odd or tiny spaces that will surprise and delight you every bit as much as those big productions, or even moreso. 7th House Theater Collective's 7-person stripped-down version of the cult horror movie turned off-Broadway musical Little Shop of Horrors is just such a show. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Skylark Opera Showcases Two Celebrated 20th Century American Composers in its Summer Festival Review BWW Reviews: Skylark Opera Showcases Two Celebrated 20th Century American Composers in its Summer Festival
by Jill Schafer - June 17, 2014

For their annual summer festival, Skylark Opera is presenting the Leonard Bernstein classic operetta Candide and the musical revue Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Minneapolis Musical Theatre's BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON is an Entertaining and Controversial Political Satire Review BWW Reviews: Minneapolis Musical Theatre's BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON is an Entertaining and Controversial Political Satire
by Jill Schafer - June 10, 2014

Minneapolis Musical Theatre's production of BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON, a Broadway musical with sharp political satire and social commentary wrapped up in a great emo-rock score, has sparked controversy. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Yellow Tree Theatre's Zany British Comedy THE 39 STEPS is Good Old-Fashioned Theatrical Entertainment Review BWW Reviews: Yellow Tree Theatre's Zany British Comedy THE 39 STEPS is Good Old-Fashioned Theatrical Entertainment
by Jill Schafer - June 06, 2014

Yellow Tree Theatre concludes their excellent sixth season with the zany British spy thriller comedy THE 39 STEPS, in which just four actors play dozens of characters and employ many delightful theater tricks to tell a story and entertain. (more...)


BWW Reviews: SISTER ACT's Diva Nuns Steal the Show Review BWW Reviews: SISTER ACT's Diva Nuns Steal the Show
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - May 30, 2014

The nuns of SISTER ACT are the heart and dancing sole of this musical version reset in 1970s Philadelphia. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Go See this Show at ONCE Review BWW Reviews: Go See this Show at ONCE
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - April 03, 2014

Falling slowly into a relationship with ONCE and its quirky characters stirred memories in the hearts and minds of lost loves and fleeting past moments. Catching this show at Minneapolis' Orpheum should be done pretty quickly with the run ending April 6. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Chanhassen Dinner Theatre's THE LITTLE MERMAID Makes Poseidon (and Disney) Proud Review BWW Reviews: Chanhassen Dinner Theatre's THE LITTLE MERMAID Makes Poseidon (and Disney) Proud
by Noah Lee Jordan - March 21, 2014

My tiny companion, Mia (she's 5-years-old) is sitting in a chair, staring intently at the stage-as she does when she's completely engaged-watching Chanhassen Dinner Theatre's regional premiere of THE LITTLE MERMAID. And just like that, I knew that no matter how I felt, Chanhassen Dinner Theatre's THE LITTLE MERMAID was a success. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Fun, Puns and Tons of Imagination, PETER AND THE STARCATCHER Review BWW Reviews: Fun, Puns and Tons of Imagination, PETER AND THE STARCATCHER
by Noah Lee Jordan - March 14, 2014

Before there was Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, Wendy and those two annoying little brothers--there was just a boy who didn't have a name, a few orphan friends, a 'starcatcher' named Molly and a ship named Neverland... (more...)


BWW Reviews: FREUD'S LAST SESSION is an Enticing 'What If' Story Review BWW Reviews: FREUD'S LAST SESSION is an Enticing 'What If' Story
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - March 10, 2014

Intriguing 'what if' play about an imaginary meeting between Sigmund Freud and C.S. Lewis that raises important questions of our existence. Catch the final week in the Guthrie's Dowling Studio. (more...)


BWW Reviews: A New EVITA Missed a Few Notes Review BWW Reviews: A New EVITA Missed a Few Notes
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - February 03, 2014

A new production of Evita just completed a run at Hennepin Theatre Trust's Orpheum in Minneapolis. High flying, adored: Che. Requiem for the Eva we know and loved: changes in the show both enhanced and detracted from the love of Eva Peron. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Happy Full or Uncomfortably Full? MMT's FIVE COURSE LOVE Review BWW Reviews: Happy Full or Uncomfortably Full? MMT's FIVE COURSE LOVE
by Noah Lee Jordan - January 30, 2014

FIVE COURSE LOVE by Gregg Coffin has a fairly simple premise, five different love stories set in five themed restaurants and three actors playing all the roles. It's a fast-paced, campy, and wildly outrageous comedy that weaves together music, humor and a little dash of heart. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Mediocre and Missing a Few Degrees, TRP's SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION Review BWW Reviews: Mediocre and Missing a Few Degrees, TRP's SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION
by Noah Lee Jordan - January 20, 2014

It's a very lively crowd for a Sunday matinee but Theatre in the Round Players have quite a loyal following, so I'm not surprised. Just before the lights fade to black, I hear it and it was that moment I should've immediately knocked on wood. 'You can't go wrong with this theatre,' says a man to my right---famous last words. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Perfectly Marvelous CABARET Review BWW Reviews: Perfectly Marvelous CABARET
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - January 20, 2014

A collaboration by Theatre Latte Da and Hennepin Theatre Trust, as a part of the Broadway Re-Imagined series, has high production values, top local talent and a story that retains relevance more than 40 years after it first premiered. (more...)


BWW Reviews: WIZARD OF OZ Has the Brain, Nerve and Most of the Heart Review BWW Reviews: WIZARD OF OZ Has the Brain, Nerve and Most of the Heart
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - December 07, 2013

Technical wizardry and solid singing highlighted this new production of WIZARD OF OZ, now playing at the Ordway Center for Performing Arts in Saint Paul. (more...)


BWW Interviews: Getting to Know WIZARD OF OZ Newcomer Danielle Wade Review BWW Interviews: Getting to Know WIZARD OF OZ Newcomer Danielle Wade
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - December 03, 2013

The brand new Canadian production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's THE WIZARD OF OZ opens this week at Saint Paul's The Ordway Center for Performing Arts, where Dorothy is played by Danielle Wade, who won the coveted role in a Canadian reality show, 'Over the Rainbow.' Wade shared a little about herself and the production as she headed south for the tour.. (more...)


BWW Reviews: BORN YESTERDAY Refreshes the Seasonal Stage Review BWW Reviews: BORN YESTERDAY Refreshes the Seasonal Stage
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - December 01, 2013

The comedy about a corrupt businessman from the other side of the tracks who heads to Washington, D.C., to buy influence with a senator is lead by standout Alexis Bronkovic as ditzy moll, Billie Dawn, in the Guthrie's antithesis to holiday hangover. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Walking Shadow Theatre Company's THE SEXUAL LIFE OF SAVAGES is Sexual Indeed Review BWW Reviews: Walking Shadow Theatre Company's THE SEXUAL LIFE OF SAVAGES is Sexual Indeed
by Noah Lee Jordan - November 26, 2013

I'm not one to talk numbers. I never have been nor will I ever be willing to discuss the number of conquests and how it relates to overall sexual prowess. I only mention this because it's a typically cold, Minnesota evening when I see Walking Theatre Company's production of THE SEXUAL LIFE OF SAVAGES, and the two-hour production begins with the very question, 'what's your number?' (more...)


BWW Reviews: Timeless, Wonderful Holiday Classic - Guthrie's A CHRISTMAS CAROL Review BWW Reviews: Timeless, Wonderful Holiday Classic - Guthrie's A CHRISTMAS CAROL
by Noah Lee Jordan - November 22, 2013

It's two minutes to curtain on a Wednesday's opening night performance of the Guthrie's annual production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL and I'm running through a parking garage. Who gets invited to see A CHRISTMAS CAROL and says, no? Nobody, that's who. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Mysterious, Witty and All-Around Engaging - TRP's SPIDER'S WEB Review BWW Reviews: Mysterious, Witty and All-Around Engaging - TRP's SPIDER'S WEB
by Noah Lee Jordan - November 18, 2013

Agatha Christie's SPIDER'S WEB is a regular whodunit mystery. It's smart. It's humorous. And it always keeps you guessing. Instead of the expected holiday-focused production Theatre in the Round Players is offering up a little something different this season and I am more than happy to accept. (more...)


BWW Reviews: FLiP! Theatre Co.'s THE LAST FIVE YEARS is a He Said, She Said Masterpiece Review BWW Reviews: FLiP! Theatre Co.'s THE LAST FIVE YEARS is a He Said, She Said Masterpiece
by Noah Lee Jordan - November 05, 2013

Everyone has a love story they can pull from their memory, which is why everyone can relate this show. But this is not about my love story or your own love story, this is about Cathy and Jamie and THE LAST FIVE YEARS. This is about their love story. (more...)


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