Ana-Brit Asplen

Ana-Brit Asplen

Ana-Brit Asplen, 26, is a 2019 Theatre Arts graduate from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She moved to the Cincinnati area in early 2022 and has been seeing as many shows as possible in every direction, ranging from musicals and plays, to concerts and opera, to dance and comedy shows. She has been writing for BroadwayWorld Cincinnati since May 2023 and hopes to pursue a career in theatre administration.
 

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First Show:

While the first Broadway tour I got to see was The Lion King (Minneapolis, January 2012), the first show I saw in NYC was First Date: The Musical on August 7th, 2013. It was the last night of previews, as well as my 16th birthday.

Favorite Show:

The musicals of Stephen Sondheim are particularly sentimental to me, especially since Into the Woods was the first musical I ever got to see live on stage at age 12. However, it is Merrily We Roll Along that I must consider my favorite, and it was so special seeing the 2024 Broadway revival.

Favorite Stories:

  • WRECKING BALL at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company - Being able to review a world premiere at an acclaimed theatre is a rare occasion, and Wrecking Ball by Zina Camblin was an excellently written and performed show. The actors, whose roles were written with them specifically in mind, gave very nuanced performances balancing comedic elements against a tense environment.
  • HELLO, DOLLY! at The Carnegie - Seeing a classic, iconic show done so well is always an enjoyable time, and The Carnegie's production of Hello, Dolly! did just that with it's excellent casting and direction. It was also fascinating to analyze this show through the context of its history as well as seeing how it connects to a modern audience.
  • DANCING WITH THE STARS: LIVE! 2024 TOUR at Taft Theatre - Though my central background is based in theatre, I like to expand out into reviewing other types of performances. The 2024 tour of Dancing with the Stars: Live! was a fantastic dance showcase that featured the professionals from the television show in their best form. Even though there was no plot or acting skills to consider, there were many other components to highlight, especially as they added different types of segments beyond the dance routines.
  • TROUBLE IN MIND at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company - Theatre about theatre is a particularly meta experience, but this rendition of Alice Childress' 1955 play Trouble in Mind impeccably addressed a lot of the emotions that are still present to this day when it comes to personal identities and professional appearances, especially as different power dynamics are adding to the pressure.
  • MOULIN ROUGE! at Aronoff Center - Moulin Rouge! was the first Broadway tour I was able to review, and by focusing on different elements with the intent of writing about them later, it let me see the show in a different way. In actively thinking about what worked on both objective and personal levels, I was able to better appreciate how skilled the production as a whole was between the talent within the current cast and the visual spectacle.


MOST POPULAR ARTICLES

Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON at the Aronoff Center
Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON at the Aronoff Center
February 21, 2024

Whether or not this is the first production someone has seen of The Book of Mormon, the talent holds up as the actors fully embrace their roles, while the remaining elements still perfectly fit the show's intent as it spreads its messages all over the country. Audiences lauded the funny shock value and energetic performances on opening night.

Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS: LIVE! 2024 TOUR at the Taft Theatre
Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS: LIVE! 2024 TOUR at the Taft Theatre
February 7, 2024

This sold-out performance at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati, Ohio was highly anticipated by local fans, and they voiced their elation over seeing their favorite dancers in person. The 2024 tour of Dancing with the Stars: Live! is an absolute joy for anyone who enjoys a huge spectacle and superb dancing.

Review: HELLO, DOLLY! at The Carnegie
Review: HELLO, DOLLY! at The Carnegie
February 3, 2024

With the combination of great direction by Joe Bertucci and an excellent execution by the rest of the team, The Carnegie’s production of Hello, Dolly! is a fantastic example of how a Golden Age musical should be presented through a local company.

Review: BEETLEJUICE at the Aronoff Center
Review: BEETLEJUICE at the Aronoff Center
January 17, 2024

With stunning design elements, a highly professional cast, and an engaging plot, Beetlejuice is very worthy of its nearly sold-out run at the Aronoff Center in Cincinnati, OH.

Review: A MAGICAL CIRQUE CHRISTMAS at the Aronoff Center
Review: A MAGICAL CIRQUE CHRISTMAS at the Aronoff Center
December 23, 2023

A Magical Cirque Christmas came to Cincinnati, OH for a night of jaw-dropping spectacle, pure talent, and holiday cheer. With acts ranging from body-bending acrobats, daring endeavors, and awe-inspiring magic tricks, this tour truly goes above and beyond a mere holiday variety show. The goal of the evening is to enhance Christmas magic and joy for all, and in this it certainly succeeds.

Review: WRECKING BALL at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
Review: WRECKING BALL at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
October 20, 2023

The team at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company knows how to produce a successful play from all standpoints. Whether you’re a television enthusiast, a writer, a person who has to work with others in a professional setting, or someone who has a desire to stand up for what’s right, Wrecking Ball can be appreciated by anyone.

Review: THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL: YOUTH EDITION at The Children's Theatre Of Cincinnati
Review: THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL: YOUTH EDITION at The Children's Theatre Of Cincinnati
October 15, 2023

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s production of The SpongeBob Musical: Youth Edition makes a splash using its vast resources to create striking visuals and cast performers who made the zany roles their own in the best way.

Review: MAYTAG VIRGIN at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati
Review: MAYTAG VIRGIN at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati
June 3, 2023

A love story at its core, director Bridget Leak uses a great deal of nuance to form the connection of its two characters as they navigate the slow burn of attraction, grief, and life itself.

Review: TROUBLE IN MIND at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
Review: TROUBLE IN MIND at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
May 26, 2023

Trouble in Mind made its Broadway premiere in 2021, 66 years after it was produced off-Broadway at Greenwich Mews Theatre. Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is known for its unique takes on classic stories and reviving them for a fresh audience, and this play is no exception. Known for its general themes of racism and sexism from a black perspective, the play eerily reflects a modern culture and language despite being written several decades ago. Manipulative tactics are used strategically by the characters, performative allyships are shattered, and false dignity is stripped for raw truth.

Review: MOULIN ROUGE! at the Aronoff Center
Review: MOULIN ROUGE! at the Aronoff Center
May 21, 2023

Moulin Rouge! is based on the 2001 Baz Luhrmann film of the same name and originally starred Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman. Known for its somber tale and use of modern music in a vintage setting, the story and its elements translated extremely well to the stage while also being different enough to appreciate the stage musical in its own right. The updated music for a 2023 audience, a strong cast and crew, and a tale of desperate, devoted love all make this production Moulin Rouge! excel beyond the surface of the fantasy.

Review: MADAGASCAR THE MUSICAL at the Aronoff Center
Review: MADAGASCAR THE MUSICAL at the Aronoff Center
May 12, 2023

From the opening of a quirky theatre etiquette lesson from the monkey, to the city-specific references of Skyline Chili, to the dance party curtain call reprise of 'I Like to Move It, Move It', Madagascar the Musical provided the audience with countless zany and laughable moments.






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