MNfusion: 'A Chorus Line' Dazzles And Delights"A Chorus Line," which opened Tuesday, Feb. 16, was as powerful as it was simple. The show itself tells an uncomplicated story. It features a cast of 26 -- 25 dancers and one casting director. The 25 dancers are auditioning for a Broadway show.
MNfusion: 'Gentleman's Guide' Is Cheeky, Mischievous FunA delightful, humorous tale of love and revenge, the 2014 Tony Award winner for Best Musical was quirky, fun and original. Set in the 1900s, the musical tells the story of Monty Navarro. Navarro is a poor man who learns upon his mother's death that he is a D'Ysquith, a royal family in England. Navarro is ninth in line to become earl, but this fact is not acknowledged by the D'Ysquith family for they disowned his mother when she married his father.
MNfusion: Hip Hop Nutcracker Offers Young Twist To Old ClassicWhile everyone may have that one movie, TV show or play that reminds them of Christmas, there is perhaps one show that can evoke holiday nostalgia in even the biggest Scrooge – The Nutcracker.
MNfusion: Chanassen's 'Sister Act' Holds Its Own Against Iconic FilmFor audiences familiar with the 1992 Whoopi Goldberg film, Chanhassen Dinner Theatre's "Sister Act" may be a bit unexpected. Based off the 1992 film, the musical takes a few liberties to set itself apart from the iconic comedy.
MNfusion: Disney's 'The Little Mermaid' Swims To New HeightsThe increased technology and invention used in live theater helps some stories come to the stage that would have otherwise never been told. One of these is *Disney's "The Little Mermaid."
MNfusion: Actors' Physicality Makes CTC's 'The Jungle Book' Come AliveWhile the audience has to suspend their disbelief to a certain extent, if they are able to do so even the tiniest bit the actors carry you the rest of the way.
MNfusion: 'Always & Forever' Closes Out Illusion's 40th SeasonOn Sunday evening, the Illusion Theater closed out its 40th season with the beloved musical, "Always and Forever."
MNfusion: Original Broadway Cast Of 'Cinderella' Comes To Minn.About five months ago as I was scrolling through my Facebook feed I found an article my friend had posted about a lesser known version of the musical "Cinderella."
MNfusion: CTC Kicks Off 50th Season With 'Akeelah And The Bee'On Tuesday, Sept. 1 the CTC opened the highly-anticipated season with the first-ever stage adaptation of "Akeelah and the Bee."
MNfusion: Ordway Begins 15-16 Season With A ClassicOn Tuesday, Aug. 4 the curtain rose on the 2015-2016 season at St. Paul's Ordway Theater. The first act: Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera "The Pirates of Penzance."
MNfusion: 'Kinky Boots' Is Loud, Proud And A Tubular SensationI'd certainly heard of "Kinky Boots." But aside from title I knew that Harvey Fierstein wrote the script and Cyndi Lauper wrote the music. That was it. Knowing little about the show, and knowing that many newer musicals haven't been met with the best reviews, I was a little skeptical.
MNfusion: Cast Makes Lackluster 'Best Little Whorehouse In Texas' ShineIt's a true testament to the talent of a cast that can turn a show that is a dud into something entertaining. While it's true that most classical musicals don't offer much in the way of social commentary or life lessons, at the very least they provide a love story. Larry King's "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" didn't really provide anything.
MNfusion: CTC's Changes To 'Peter Pan' Miss The MarkFrom a novel in 1911 to a cartoon in 1953 to a musical in 1954, the story of "Peter Pan" has been altered, changed and, now, updated.
MNfusion: Orpheum's Annie Is Classic, ComfortableWhile part of the fun of theater is experiencing an unknown story with new characters and songs, sometimes you just want to be comfortable enough to sing along. The Orpheum's latest production, "Annie," gives audiences that perfect level of comfort.
MNfusion: 'Fruit Fly' Is The Perfect Friend Date, Gay Or StraightThe true test of a show is when you strip away all those elements and rely simply on the words of a script and the actor saying them. And "Fruit Fly" passes this test with flying colors.