Month: October 2016

Review of Cabaret from Roundabout Theatre Co at the Orpheum in Minneapolis, MN

Quote of the Day: Maybe This Time… wistful song sung by Sally Bowles in Cabaret In here, life is beautiful. The girls are beautiful. Even the orchestra is beautiful! Emcee in Cabaret. Come in, he says, Leave your troubles outside the door. November 20, 1966, Cabaret was the bold, new show opening on Broadway. Based on the 1939 novella Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood, which was adapted to stage and film under the title I am a Camera by John Van Druten, then re-imagined as a musical by the celebrated musical force of Kander and Ebb and book by Joe Masteroff, Cabaret was a huge hit,...

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Review of Teen Idol: The Bobby Vee Story at MN History Theatre

Quote of the Day: I loved being in the studio. That’s where you could really paint your picture. Bobby Vee in a 2011 interview found in the documentary I’ll include below. The Bobby Vee Story playing at the MN History Theatre in St. Paul is a heartfelt glimpse at the 1960’s pop idol. “He was more than just a teen idol,” his son Jeff said in the discussion after the play. His Midwestern “boy next door” wasn’t an act. He truly cared about the people in his life. He loved making music, and his songs live on in our musical, Midwestern,...

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Review of Camelot at Chanhassen Dinner Theatre

Quote of the Day: Don’t let it be forgot That once there was a spot For one brief, shining moment That was known as Camelot. – from the musical Camelot, playing now through February 25, 2017, at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, a lovely play for the winter months about another time, another place, where a King dreams of reigning in times of Peace and Harmony. But, alas, human passions and folly make that impossible.   The Chanhassen Dinner Theatres’ Camelot is good old-fashioned musical theater that you know and love. They have all the things: King, queen, forbidden love,...

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Review of Ragtime, the Musical, at Theater Latte’ Da

Quote of the Day: I’m using the same one that director Peter Rothstein used in his “Notes from the Director” in the program for Ragtime, the Musical, lyrics from New Music: I’ve Come to Hear New Music Breaking my Heart Opening a Door Changing the World New Music Ragtime music emerged in the 1890’s and flooded the music industry in the early 1900’s. Scott Joplin’s Maple Leaf Rag sold over a million copies and sales of pianos soared. I love that! I’m a pianist and a piano teacher. I’ve always loved playing rags. One of my favorite go-to books is...

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IWSG, October 2016

Question of the Day: When do you know your story is ready?  Today is the first Wednesday of the month when Bloggers throughout the Blogosphere post their insecurities and encouragements. To learn more, or join the group, visit the Insecure Writers Support Group site, or the founder Alex J. Cavanaugh. The group has started asking a question for each month’s post. I appreciate that. My short answer to the above question, when the deadline comes up! Now, that I think about it, that’s also my “long” answer. I have to set deadlines for myself. It’s the only way to work on...

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