hen a musical has people humming, singing (sometimes hysterically) and air-guitar-playing the hit songs of the show before it even starts, it’s gonna be a good time.
Do yourself a favor. Take a drive down westbound Franklin Avenue, past Lake of the Isles and turn left. Nestled between Cedar Lake and Lake of the Isles, you’ll find Chef Don Saunders’ newest concept, The Kenwood.
No one needed a bright, colorful, uplifting performance — proving there’s magic in an old trusty umbrella — more than winter weary Minnesota.
From the get-go, fresh-faced, wide-eyed young men in crisp white shirts and perfectly tightened black ties promised to share the story of a book — a book that would change our lives. Well, mission accomplished, boys.
“Only the children’s voices soothe me,” an anguished Sister Aloysius sings at the conclusion of “Doubt,” the new opera based on John Patrick Shanley’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play.
The life of Frank Abagnale, Jr. is perhaps the most shocking upon realizing its truth. While most of us were learning to drive and thinking about college, Frank was ditching his pilot uniform for a doctor’s lab coat, while shoving millions in counterfeit money into an empty suitcase.
Picking a favorite moment from the movie “Elf” is what I imagine it’s like picking a favorite child — impossible.
It seems almost strange to see a crowd packed around a nearly completely empty stage — with only two small platforms and zero instruments. But half-way into the first song, you realize, you don’t miss the band at all.
It’s been 25 years since we’ve had the Material Girl live and in the flesh — and strangely enough, it appears she hasn’t aged a bit.
For a tale that’s old as time, Beauty and the Beast never feels timeworn. As one of the classic stories from the Disney vault, this charming storyline proves once and again that it’s a favorite for a reason.
He may be wearing a different shirt and a new tie but there’s one thing that Nate Beck is never without — a friendly smile. Rain or shine, first-timers or loyal customers, Beck always serves up some of the finest hot dogs in Minnesota with a side of humility and charisma.
It’s not often that a performer receives a standing ovation, just for gracing the stage — and during a make-up concert, no less. But when you have as much talent that Kristin Chenoweth does, it seems more than deserved.
If Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck are the main stars of “Roman Holiday,” then the city of Rome is certainly the supporting actor. So what happens when you remove the city and are given a blank stage for a musical? Does it work — can it be recreated?
As it turns out, some of the best entertainment doesn’t need to rely on fancy costumes, individual stars or even words. As the Blue Man Group proved on Friday night, you don’t need much to wow an audience.
Prepare to emerge yourself in Fela Kuti’s world. You are no longer the quiet theater-goer, watching from a distance, simply taking in a show at the Ordway Center on Tuesday night. You are part of Fela’s shrine – and as such, part of the madness.
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