Photo Flash: First Look at New Line Theatre's BUKOWSICAL
(5/16/2013) - New Line Theatre, 'the bad boy of musical theatre,' closes its 22nd season May 30-June 22, 2013, with the regional premiere of one of the most outrageous shows the company has ever produced. With book and lyrics by Spencer Green and Gary Stockdale, and music by Stockdale, BUKOWSICAL is a wacky, high-energy - and gleefully adult - musical comedy, an ironic and insightful 21st-century reboot of the classic American musical comedy, exploring the intersection between sex, drugs, booze, and art, all through the life story of the great American novelist and poet Charles Bukowski. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast onstage below!
Shakespeare Festival Announces Dining for TWELFTH NIGHT
(5/10/2013) - Shakespeare Festival St. Louis has just confirmed new agreements with Butler's Pantry and the Saint Louis Zoo to provide food and beverages for this year's production of "Twelfth Night" at Shakespeare Glen in Forest Park, it was announced today by executive director Rick Dildine. The show runs May 24-June 16 (excluding Tuesdays); preview performances are scheduled May 22-23.
BWW Reviews: HotCity Theatre's Intriguing Production of MAPLE AND VINE
(5/9/2013) - With his work, MAPLE AND VINE, playwright Jordan Harrison presents an interesting choice for the modern family struggling to cope with the modern world. They are given a chance to let go of all their connections to the information highway and head back in time to 1955. For some, this is the opportunity to start life anew, albeit, in a time that's fraught with issues of its own. HotCity Theatre is presenting an excellent production of this Serling-esque piece, and it's the kind of must-see experience that I always recommend; one that makes you laugh and think.
BWW Reviews: Black Rep's Premiere Production of SMASH/HIT!
(5/9/2013) - I'm still not sure exactly how I feel about the Black Rep's latest premiere production, SMASH/HIT!, although there is certainly a lot of potential to the story, and various elements that make up the plot, it's not completely cohesive. There's an awful lot to digest here in this drama that contains music, which might be better served as a complete musical (or as a less musical drama), instead of winding up neither fish nor fowl. But, I can't honestly say that I can't recommend this show, because it is engagingly acted, contains some catchy tracks, and has fine overall direction. It's a mixed bag, but it's a mixed bag worth seeing for yourself.
ALWAYS... PATSY CLINE to Kick Off Stages' 27th Season, 5/31
(5/6/2013) - STAGES ST. LOUIS celebrates music legend and cross-over sensation Patsy Cline, May 31 through June 30 at the Robert G. Reim Theatre in Kirkwood. The touching true story, Always... Patsy Cline combines humor, heartache and 27 of Patsy's most unforgettable hits, such as 'Crazy,' 'Walkin' After Midnight,' 'Sweet Dreams,' and more.
Alabama Adds Second Show to Fox Theatre, 11/9
(5/6/2013) - Due to overwhelming demand, ALABAMA has announced the addition of a second show at the Fabulous Fox Theatre on Saturday, November 9 at 8 pm. After 40 years of making music, selling millions of records and performing for fans all over the world, country music's most famed group ALABAMA will embark on a brand new tour to celebrate their very first concert at The Bowery in Myrtle Beach, SC. The Back to the Bowery Tour will stop in St. Louis for two shows only; Friday, November 8 and Saturday, November 9. Tickets for the added show on November 9 will go on sale Friday, May 17 at 10 am. Tickets start at $49.50 and can be purchased at www.metrotix.com, by calling (314) 534-1111 or at the Fox Theatre box office.
BWW Reviews: St. Louis Actors' Studio's Terrific WAITING FOR GODOT
(4/26/2013) - I'm a big fan of the St. Louis Actors' Studio because they always seem to manage to mix the old with the new in intriguing fashion during their theme based seasons, and you can wind up catching a classic like WAITING FOR GODOT along the way. It's always a fun and engaging ride no matter what they offer up, and this time around they're presenting the absurdly profound work I just mentioned. Playwright Samuel Beckett's wacky characterizations and dialogue, along with it's see-through symbolism, is given a wonderful presentation by the company, with excellent performances and expert direction.
BWW Reviews: Rockin' Good Time at the Fox with MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET
(4/26/2013) - It's true that on December 4, 1956, Sun Records was host to an incredible meeting of four gentleman (Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis) who would go on to lay the foundation for Rock 'n' Roll, but a listen to the actual recording made that day prove that it was a much simpler affair than what's presented in the stage musical MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET. Still, the inspiration that story provides (book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux) makes for a rockin' good time, and this award-winning show is fun from start to finish.
BWW Reviews: Mustard Seed Theatre's Outstanding Production of JANE EYRE
(4/26/2013) - Playwright Julie Beckman does wonderful work in adapting Charlotte Bronte's novel, JANE EYRE, for the stage. It's so literate that the characters even voice their thoughts, giving way at times to some much needed humor for this sad, but hopeful Gothic tale of loss and romance. Mustard Seed Theatre's production of this play is superb, with excellent performances buoyed by incisive direction and lush interior design.
BWW Reviews: Stray Dog Theatre Continues Stellar Season with GYPSY
(4/25/2013) - GYPSY is the penultimate stage mother musical, but it's also a look at the decline of vaudeville and the rise of burlesque during the depression, and it's ultimately a look at how the famous stripper, Gypsy Rose Lee, made her debut in show business. Jules Styne (composer), Stephen Sondheim (lyricist), and Arthur Laurents (book) have constructed a sturdy classic that's interesting to watch at a time when reality television has essentially revived the Ted Mack Amateur Hour, and all the baggage that comes with that. Stray Dog Theatre continues their stellar season with a rousing production of this popular standard.
Jacqueline Petroccia to Lead Stages St. Louis' ALWAYS...PATSY CLINE, Beg. 5/31
(4/24/2013) - STAGES ST. LOUIS is proud to announce casting for Always... Patsy Cline, Legally Blonde, The Musical and My Fair Lady. This season exceptional talent will bring life tothree passionate women who broke down society's barriers and stereotypes by refusing to be limited by the vision of others. STAGES also announces the cast for the Theatre for Young Audiences production of, the 'princess story' that started it all, Disney's Cinderella. All season and single tickets are on sale now.
Futurists and Industry Leaders to Imagine 2023 at League of American Orchestras' 68th National Conference
(4/23/2013) - Participants will consider multiple views of the future of orchestras at the League of American Orchestras' 68th National Conference, June 18-20, 2013 in St. Louis. The Conference, under the theme Imagining 2023, will include a keynote and breakout sessions with futurist thinkers and industry leaders, live participatory performances and traditional concerts, and a master class with conductor David Robertson, music director of the St. Louis Symphony, which is co-hosting the Conference. Nearly 1000 professionals and volunteers from across the orchestra field are expected to attend the three-day event. The closing general session will be video streamed live.