REVIEW: Playhouse’s ‘Music Man’ charms audience

Review written by Lawrence Bernabo for the Duluth News Tribune (7-13-2018) ——- The Music Man, the as American as apple pie musical, opened Thursday night (7/12) at the NorShor Theatre, a production totally committed to charming the audience from start to finish. Shad Olsen and Ali Littrell Finstrom team-up for the fourth time as the …


Seventy-Six Trombones on Superior Street with ‘The Music Man’

A theatrical slice of apple pie, Meredith Willson’s The Music Man is the perfect choice for the historic NorShor’s first summertime extravaganza. Willson who wrote the book, lyrics, and score, set the show in fictional River City, Iowa. Speaking of River City as being much like his own hometown of Mason City, Iowa, Willson said, …


‘Don Giovanni’ takes stage at the NorShor

Lights, Camera… Opera! Lyric Opera of the North celebrates the opening of the NorShor with a production of Don Giovanni set in the “Golden Age” of 1930s Hollywood. In this Mozart-meets-the-movies production, our leading man uses his power to play with the lives of everyone on set. But every action has a consequence, and although …


MUSIC REVIEW: Outlaw country poet Steve Earle replays classic album

Article written by Mark Nicklawske, For the News Tribune Outlaw country poet and political pundit Steve Earle received a standing ovation just 10 songs into his sold-out performance at the NorShor Theatre in Duluth on Thursday night. And those 10 songs were the reason many had come to see the show. Earle, the first Grammy Award-winning …


Don Ness variety show takes to the stage set by his father decades ago

It’s been about 30 years since a humorist with a lot of local connections compared Duluth to a gifted individual with an inferiority complex — and then tried to do something about it. “That’s what Duluth seems like,” Don Ness Sr. told the News Tribune way-back-when. “We hope to improve the city’s self-image a bit …

 

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