Motown the Musical

by JACOB FROELICH The lesser-known story behind the founder of one of the most influential record labels in history makes for quite the Broadway musical. Motown the Musical is captivating and enthralling from the opening number through the tribute mini-concert finale. The show is a sing-along for many and the music appeals to a broad…

Happy Days: A New Musical

By LIZ BYRON. Yes, that’s right, there is a musical based on the TV show Happy Days. Now, I have to admit that I’ve never seen a single episode of the iconic show (blame it on my age plus my general preference for books over TV as a kid), but my theatre companion had, which…

Reefer Madness

by KAREN BORCHERT, guest reviewer The musical parody of the 1936 film by the same name, Reefer Madness, presented by Minneapolis Musical Theatre and Hennepin Theatre Trust, is well-timed given the sensation around marijuana legislation in recent months. The 1936 film, which warned of the evils of the “leafy green substance,” had somewhat of a cult following for its…

Catch Me If You Can

by CHRISTINE SARKES SASSEVILLE The Orpheum Theatre’s glitzy, new musical offering, Catch Me If You Can, tells the true-life con man “coming of age story” of Frank Abagnale, Jr., who posed as a doctor, lawyer and Pan Am pilot all before age 21.  The Tony-nominated musical, set in the 1960s with a rat pack meets Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In…

Guest Post: The Story of My Life

by STEPHANIE KWONG Let me start off by stating that last night was my first time at the Illusion Theater.  The Illusion Theater is quite nice and is a great place to see a show.  Located in the Hennepin Center for the Arts, adjacent to the new Cowles Center, the building is historic and grand on…