Live Theater Reviews

Theatre Review: Powerful Performances Lead ANGELS IN AMERICA PART 1 at Rep

Posted: September 10, 2019 at 11:35 am   /   Live Theater, Live Theater Reviews

What a show to kick off the 2019-2020 season at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, welcoming new artistic director Hana S. Sharif as she takes over duties from Steven Woolf after more than three decades. Considered by many to be one of the most important works about the HIV/AIDS epidemic in America during the […]

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Theatre Review: ‘Matilda’ Delights With Magical Finish to Muny 101

Posted: August 6, 2019 at 10:46 am   /   Live Theater Reviews

All good things must come to an end. So is the case with the first season of The Muny’s second century. It certainly has been a terrific summer in Forrest Park – but it’s not quite over just yet. Matilda, based on the 1988 Roald Dahl novel, was commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company to […]

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Theatre Review: The Muny Strikes Gold With a ‘Paint Your Wagon’ Update You Should Rush To See

Posted: July 29, 2019 at 3:12 pm   /   Live Theater Reviews

Alan J. Lerner and Frederick Loewe never reached the heights of Rodgers and Hammerstein, but they managed to crank out quite a few classics – like Brigadoon (1947), My Fair Lady (1956), and Camelot (1960). Their followup to Brigadoon (considered to be their first hit) was Paint Your Wagon in 1951. Set in the 1850s against […]

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Theatre Review: ‘Footloose’ at The Muny Makes Us Want to Dance

Posted: July 22, 2019 at 10:46 am   /   Live Theater Reviews

Based on the 1984 film starring Kevin Bacon, Footloose is a musical that captures the fun spirit of the source material – while continuing to tackle subjects that are just as relevant today as they were back then. Directed by two time Tony award-winner Christian Borle (Something Rotten! and Peter and the Starcatcher), the show deals […]

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Theatre Review: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella Brings “Impossible” Magic to The Muny

Posted: July 11, 2019 at 2:35 pm   /   Live Theater Reviews

Cinderella was originally written by Rodgers and Hammerstein for television broadcast in 1957, but would go on to be performed in London, on Broadway, and all around the world to this day. And now The Muny is able to add their trademark magic to the classic fairytale. Everyone knows the story, whether they’ve read it […]

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Opera Review: Saucy and Seductive, The Coronation of Poppea Features Dirty Deeds and Political Upheaval

Posted: June 29, 2019 at 12:27 pm   /   Live Theater Reviews

There’s a lot of dirty deeds going down in Opera Theatre St. Louis’ production of The Coronation of Poppea. This Italian opera, given to posterity by the dramatic realist Claudio Monteverdi, is a piece that resonates with contemporary times in emotion, passion and proclivity for political intrigue. At the opera’s core is Poppea, a woman […]

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Theatre Review: Muny Takes Pride in Dazzling ‘Kinky Boots’ Production

Posted: June 21, 2019 at 2:26 pm   /   Live Theater Reviews

With all the hate that exists in the world today, there’s never been a better time for a feel-good show about being yourself and accepting others for who they are. Perfectly coinciding with Pride Month, Kinky Boots at The Muny is exactly that show. St. Louis is fortunate to have the regional premiere of the musical, […]

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Review: New Line’s BE MORE CHILL Brings Broadway Musical to The Marcelle

Posted: June 5, 2019 at 4:16 pm   /   Live Theater, Live Theater Reviews

“I don’t want to be special… I just want to survive.” Be More Chill is the modern anthem for anyone who has ever felt like they don’t fit in, or doesn’t belong to the “cool” group in high school. It isn’t so much about wanting to stand out as it is about just getting by. […]

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Review: Vengeance Rules the Day in Opera Theatre’s Powerful Rigoletto

Posted: June 3, 2019 at 6:59 pm   /   Concerts, Live Theater, Live Theater Reviews, Reviews

Returning to Opera Theatre St. Louis for the first time in a decade, Rigoletto is a sad and sordid affair. Loaded with scheming, lust, jealousy and revenge, it is not for the faint of heart. Directed with stunning emotional potency by Bruno Ravella (in his OTSL debut) the production is dark. Very Dark. Verdi based […]

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Theatre Review: ‘Come From Away’ at The Fabulous Fox

Posted: May 17, 2019 at 9:11 am   /   Live Theater, Live Theater Reviews

Sometimes for significant moments in your life, you remember the events and people that surrounded them more than the actual moment. That’s the essential idea behind the new musical, Come From Away, which tells the true story of what transpired when 38 planes headed to the US were ordered to land unexpectedly in the small […]

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