Minnesota-Set Musical Deal! The Musical at Ritz Theater
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The last date listed for Deal! The Musical was Sunday May 6, 2012 / 2:00pm.
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Join the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Lion, Dorothy and her little dog Toto, too, for this fresh adaptation of The Wizard of Oz, featuring new tunes by Tim Rice (Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita) and Andrew Lloyd Webber (The Phantom of the Opera, Cats). Everyone loves the story of the girl who wakes up in a strange land filled with witches and wizards, munchkins and monkeys -- and who makes some wonderful friends in her quest to find her way back home. Journey down the yellow brick road through the land of Oz to meet the Wizard while humming along to both new and memorable songs from the Oscar-winning film, including "Over the Rainbow," "We're Off to See the Wizard" and "If I Only Had a Brain." Learn More
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The play really portrays life as it was in the 50' - 60's and the message(s) are right on. If going with someone who is not from Minnesota or who did not live during that period it might be good to prep them. I was surprised that "hot dishes" were not menmtioned and believe most beer and soda came in bottles diuring that period of time istead of cans.
I felt the instrumenetal music was a little loud at times and tended to drown out the good voices. There were some really clever lines in the play. I would certainly be willing to see it again.
Written by Minnesotans Tom Broadbent and Jerry Seifert, and directed by Joshua James Campbell, Deal! The Musical tells the true story of growing up in Minnesota in the 1950s and 1960s. The show features original music along with a strong cast of new local talent combined with several seasoned professionals, including real-life husband and wife duo Jon and Laurie Hegge.
Deal! follows the weekly poker games of Broadbent’s grandparents Art and Elsie Swenson, a poor farming family from Stacey, Minn. Spanning over a generation, the two struggle to buy a farm and raise their two daughters while a cast of colorful friends and relatives join them around their dining room poker table. Each generation’s dreams and ambitions collide with the realities of a small town in this spirited, yet touching story of how a close knit group hold on to their love for one another despite the hardships life deals them.
Written and composed by Broadbent, a resident of Two Harbors, Minn., Deal! The Musical brings a brand new set of stories and songs, all with Minnesota roots, to the stage.
“As a child, falling asleep to the banter of familiar voices, the sounds of change sliding across the dining room table, the shuffling of cards and the clinking of beer bottles were as reassuring to me as a lullaby,” Broadbent said. “I know now this weekly poker game was my family’s small town version of group therapy, Bible study, family reunion and the 10 o’clock news all rolled into one.”
Broadbent, who also wrote Henrietta: A Children’s Musical, composed all of the songs and co-wrote the play with Seifert, a Minneapolis director and playwright. The Hegges star in the lead roles of Art and Elsie, which is the first time the acting husband and wife have portrayed a married couple onstage. The production also features Catherine Battocletti, Kim Kivens, David Roberts, Lizzie Schwarzrock, Aly Westberg and Max Wojtanowicz.
This play contains some mild profanity.
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