Live Theater Reviews

Interview: David Cross at The Pageant in St. Louis Tonight For “Oh Come On” World Tour

Posted: November 4, 2018 at 6:54 am   /   Concert Reviews, Concerts, Live Theater Reviews

See David Cross on Sunday, November 4 at The Pageant. The last time David Cross set foot on a stage in St. Louis was in 2001 when he performed during Welcome Week at Saint Louis University, a Jesuit institution. Now, anyone who is familiar with him and what he has consistently brought to the stage […]

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Theatre Review: ‘A Doll’s House Part 2’ Continues 140-Year-Old Story at The Rep

Posted: October 24, 2018 at 2:41 pm   /   Live Theater, Live Theater Reviews

It isn’t often that we get a direct sequel to writing from nearly 140 years ago. Yet that is exactly what audiences have in store for them as they see A Doll’s House Part 2 at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. Written by Henrik Ibsen, A Doll’s House premiered in Denmark in December of 1879. […]

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Theatre Review: New Line Opens 28th Season With ‘The Zombies of Penzance’

Posted: October 5, 2018 at 4:04 pm   /   Live Theater, Live Theater Reviews

The famous duo of Gilbert and Sullivan released their fifth collaboration, The Pirates of Penzance, in December of 1879. The opera proved highly successful and was performed around the world for well over a century. Probably the most popular version of the show is the 1981 Broadway musical, which won the Tony for best revival. Produced by […]

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Theatre Review: Grand Production of ‘Evita’ Opens The Rep’s 52nd Season

Posted: September 13, 2018 at 2:34 pm   /   Live Theater, Live Theater Reviews

Evita is the musical story of Eva Perón, an aspiring actress who became the First Lady of Argentina and a spiritual leader for the people. Created by the legendary duo of Andrew Lloyd Webber (music) and Tim Rice (book and lyrics), the show has captivated audiences all around the world since its debut in 1978. […]

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Review: ‘Meet Me in St. Louis’ Closes Incredible 100th Season at The Muny

Posted: August 6, 2018 at 10:18 am   /   Live Theater Reviews

Allow me to borrow from one of the songs of another Muny centennial season show, Jersey Boys, and say – “Oh, what a season!” This summer has truly shown what the phrase “Muny magic” means. It was clear Saturday night as Meet Me in St. Louis (the final show of the 100th season) opened, that […]

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Theatre: Muny’s ‘Annie’ Has Audiences Fully Dressed With Smiles, Ear to Ear

Posted: July 20, 2018 at 11:03 am   /   Live Theater, Live Theater Reviews

Annie made its Broadway debut in 1977, nominated for ten Tony Awards and winning seven of them – including best musical. The show is based on, of all things, a comic strip from 1924 – Little Orphan Annie, by Harold Gray. With music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and a book by Thomas […]

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Review: ‘Jersey Boys’ Delights Muny With Frankie Valli and Four Seasons Story

Posted: July 13, 2018 at 11:09 am   /   Live Theater, Live Theater Reviews

“Oh, what a night” indeed! The story of Frankie Valli, and his hit ’60s group The Four Seasons, makes for the perfect musical. Writers Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice have taken the true-story, and crafted a delightful show – full of plenty of laughs and of course numerous hit songs. It’s the kind of show that […]

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Review: ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ is the Definition of Muny Magic

Posted: June 28, 2018 at 9:21 am   /   Live Theater, Live Theater Reviews

Last night at The Muny, on a beautiful summer evening in St. Louis, the audience experienced pure, theatrical joy. Those lucky enough to be in attendance for the opening night of Singin’ in the Rain are able to say that they were there when it happened. That is, when a life-long dream became a reality for 29-year-old […]

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Southern Gothic and Skullduggery Abound in Opera Theatre’s Voracious ‘Regina’

Posted: May 29, 2018 at 9:26 am   /   Live Theater, Live Theater Reviews

The treachery and deceit of a Southern family in Gilded Age Alabama is the focal point of of Regina, Opera Theatre St. Louis’ second production of the season. Adapted from Lillian Hellman’s 1939 stage play, The Little Foxes, and composed by Marc Blitzstein, Regina is just as unscrupulous today as it was when it premiered […]

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Review: Tension and Tuberculosis Highlight Glorious ‘La Traviata’

Posted: May 23, 2018 at 11:40 am   /   Live Theater, Live Theater Reviews

You can never say that Opera Theatre of St. Louis is short on ambition. As the company launches it 43rd season it once again brings its proclivity of showcasing both emerging artists and major stars for a dazzling season highlighted by their 27th world premiere and presenting a vibrant reboot of Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata, […]

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