Month: December 2017

Review of The Phantom of the Opera, on tour at the Orpheum in Minneapolis

Quote of the Day: Night time sharpens, heightens each sensation, darkness stirs and wakes imagination. Silently the senses abandon their defenses. from the Phantom’s solo “The Music of the Night,” from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera. I saw the North American touring show at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, MN on Friday, December 15, 2017, and it was spectacular. It was media night, and they had us sitting in the front. If I was a few seats over, I would have been sitting directly under the falling chandelier. It was magical and wonderful. I have always loved the...

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Miracle on 34th Street, a Sweet production by Stage North

Quote of the Day: Faith is believing in things when common sense tells you not to. Doris Walker, in Miracle on 34th Street, on stage in the Brainerd lakes area this 2017 holiday season at Stage North. Stage North is performing the stage adaptation of the popular 1947 film, Miracle on 34th Street, December 14-17, 2017. You can watch local talent tell this heart-warming story as you get ready for the Christmas season. Kris Kringle (that’s his real name) claims to be the real Santa  (played by the amazing Ed Eyestone), which of course, makes him seem a bit off his...

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Review of Annie at the Ordway in St. Paul, MN 2017

Quote of the Day: Why any kid would want to be an orphan is beyond me. Miss Hannigan in the musical Annie, book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, based on the comic strip Little Orphan Annie by Harold Gray which debuted in the New York Daily News on August 5, 1924. The little redhead with unwavering hope has been charming readers and audience members for decades. The stage musical debuted in 1976, a movie starring Carol Burnett as Miss Hannigan came out in 1982, and a remake with a much more diverse cast happened in...

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IWSG December 2017

Quote of the Day: I will not be “famous,” “great.” I will go on adventuring, changing, opening my mind, and my eyes, refusing to be stamped and stereotyped. The thing is to free one’s self: to let it find its dimensions, not be impeded. Virginia Woolf, A Writer’s Diary It’s time for another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month. You...

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Review of Blithe Spirit at the Guthrie Theater, Dec. 2017

Quote of the Day: I like to cook, and in cooking you put things together and the process yields something that’s different than the ingredients. And I say that comedy is like cooking. It’s best done with generosity and for the benefit of others. To me, the truest comedy comes from a generous heart – not for your own laugh but for the nourishment of the audience. David Ivers, director of the Guthrie Theater’s December 2017 production of Blithe Spirit by Noël Coward, from an interview in the Guthrie Theater’s playbill where dramaturg Carla Steen interviews director David Ivers, Sally Wingert...

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