A few highlights of the show:
- The songs I enjoyed the most were the ones I like to call Glee songs: "Faithfully" (Journey is a favorite of Mr. Schue's), "Total Eclipse of the Heart," "Alone" (Katy's rendition is awesome and she really rocks out with a voice much better suited to this song than Kristin Chenowith), and "Dream On" (the only thing better than Matthew Morrison and Neil Patrick Harris singing "Dream On" is Dieter, Katy, and Randy singing "Dream On!").
- The five piece band is fantastic and keeps things moving along.
- Video screens on either side of the stage illustrate the stories and songs, and even include some of my favorite 1980s memories (The Facts of Life!).
- We get to see Dieter's PhD thesis project (with help from Randy, GeD), "Und die Mauer Fällt," about how one particular rock ballad was responsible for the end of communism.
- The show is wonderfully cheesy, intentionally so (which is so much better than unintentionally cheesy).
- The show ends strong with the classic and oft-requested "Freebird," with an encore of "We Are the Champions," which I know because of its association with the best thing to happen in the 80s - the Twins first World Series win in 1987!
Whether you long for the days of big hair and melodramatic rock ballads, or you're a theater geek who loves to see talented singer/actors throw themselves into a performance, check out Power Balladz at the Chanhassen March 1-2, April 5-6, and May 3-4, or visit out the tour page to see if the show is coming to a town near you. Here's a video montage of scenes from the 2009 version of the show, which is pretty similar to the version currently on tour (except for the crazy costumes):
*I spotted Peter Rothstein, one of the creators of Power Balladz and Artistic Director of Theater Latte Da, in the audience the night I attended. It gave me a chance to tell him how much I enjoyed Latte Da's most recent show Aida, and all of his work. Next up: I'm looking forward to seeing what Peter and the fabulous local cast has done with the hot new play Other Desert Cities opening this week at the Guthrie.