Monthly Archives: October 2013

Wicked (Tour): Orpheum Theater

Written by: Chrissi

It is utterly unbelievable that in my entire theater-loving life I had not seen Wicked. I’ve had the soundtrack memorized for years, but never was able to secure a seat to see it. That is, of course, until last Friday night when a friend offered me a spare ticket. (WOOT!!!!!)

If I am being entirely transparent, I knew it would be well-produced, but I also knew that no one would compare to the original cast of Idina Menzel, Kristin Chenoweth, and one of my Broadway favorites, Norbert Leo Butz. I thought that no one would be capable of taking on those iconic roles. Well, to my pleasant surprise, the performers were wonderful and played the characters well and with just as much musical ability.

Although they did not take away from any enjoyment of the show, I did have a few critiques. Whether it was an artistic choice or some kind of logistical difficulties at the venue, the timing seemed off throughout different songs. Also, the vocalists tended to lean toward pop vocal styling. Fiyero was particularly guilty of this, although it did fit his character.

I walked out of the theater a satisfied and entertained patron. The show was full of plenty of whimsical costuming and set design accompanied by out of this world singing. I am so happy to have crossed that off of my theater bucket list. Be sure to catch it the next time it’s touring in your neighborhood!

Until next time.

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Steerage Song: Theater Latte Da

Written by: Chrissi

Welcome to fall in Minnesota. You know what this means, Pumpkin Spiced beverages, scarves, boots, and new theater seasons! Recently, I was able to catch Steerage Song, a phenomenal new work written by Peter Rothstein and Dan Chouinard. The production was performed by Theater Latte Da at the Lab Theater in the North Loop warehouse district. It’s hard to know what to expect when it comes to new works, but this production blew my expectations out of the water.

The play took you through the journey of emigrating to America around the turn of the century. Described as a docu-musical, you were brought on the journey from home country to America through a series of songs sung in their native language. It was ridiculously well done. The story was emotionally charged by the reality that, as an American, our ancestors went through this process at some point. The cast was small at nine actors accompanied by four musicians. Each performer was absolutely exceptional. I have little else to say except that this production was one of the most engaging, impactful plays I’ve seen in quite some time. Fortunate for Theater Latte Da, but unfortunately for you, it closes this weekend and they are close to selling out from what I can tell. Definitely give the theater a call though and try to secure tickets if you can! The show is beautiful. I am excited for what is to come for the rest of the Theater Latte Da season.

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