Tag: Orpheum Theatre

War Horse at the Orpheum Theatre

World War One, aka the Great War.  Unrelenting sordidness, a sea of blood seeping into endless mud, no-man’s-land stretching for hundreds of miles, forty plus million human beings killed or maimed, a whole generation lost.  No heroes, no real villains. …

The Book Of Mormon at the Orpheum

Mormonism offers a broad-side-of-the-barn target for satirists. Just a few historical details (I can’t help myself): in the 1830s Joseph Smith dug up (on a hill in upstate NY) a set of golden plates etched with writing (“reformed Egyptian”).  Using…

Mamma Mia! at the Orpheum Theatre

The pitch for the Broadway touring production of Mamma Mia! is “You already know you’re gonna love it!” Judging by the opening night audience, at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Minneapolis, I’d say that’s fairly accurate. A good portion of…

The Lion King at the Orpheum Theatre

“I don’t do children’s theater,” director Julie Taymor informed the powers-that-be at the vaunted Disney Corporation “and I don’t do cute.” To their immense credit, they hired her anyway.  The inventive Ms. Taymor then proceeded to transform the animated Disney…

Billy Elliot at the Orpheum Theatre

The Hennepin Theatre Trust has brought a powerhouse hit in for the holidays with the Tony Award-winning Billy Elliot. Based on the Universal Pictures/Studio Canal film, but reworked for the stage production by bookwriter and lyricist Lee Hall, and with…

Rock of Ages at the Orpheum Theater

Get ready to rock, folks, Broadway is finally sharing its star-building power with music’s bad boys and their millions of fans. The national touring production of Rock of Ages, which opened at the Orpheum in downtown Minneapolis last night, is…

Wicked At The Orpheum

The Wicked Express has arrived in Minneapolis for a 5 week stay (at the Orpheum, 910 Hennepin Ave., through Sept 19, hennepintheatretrust.org).  Still going strong on Broadway (after 7 years), Wicked boasts two U.S. tours, strong runs in London, San…