Live Theater Reviews

Theatre Review: ‘Hamilton’ at the Fabulous Fox in St. Louis (April 3 – 22)

Posted: April 6, 2018 at 3:16 pm   /   Live Theater Reviews

My first exposure to Hamilton – or at least what would eventually become the phenomenon – was in 2009, when Lin-Manuel Miranda performed at the White House Poetry Jam. At the time, Miranda was working on a hip-hop concept album called The Hamilton Mixtape, inspired by the biography Ron Chernow wrote in 2004. I was completely blown away […]

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Theatre Review: ‘The Color Purple’ Puts Focus On Performances at Fox (3/20-4/1)

Posted: March 22, 2018 at 12:25 pm   /   Live Theater Reviews

The Color Purple is a story which has touched countless readers, filmgoers, and theatre patrons since since 1983. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker, the show won the Tony Award for Best Musical Revival in 2016. Audiences have the chance to see this new production during the national tour, making The Fabulous Fox […]

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Theatre Review: ‘Born Yesterday’ Ends Rep’s 51st Season With Smarts & Laughs

Posted: March 20, 2018 at 11:10 am   /   Live Theater Reviews

It’s amazing how a work of art can seem just as relevant today as it did when it was created decades ago. Although it can seem a bit unsettling when it has to do with our country, and our lives, it is impressive how such a smart piece of work can stand the test of […]

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Theatre Review: ‘A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder’ Closes Broadway Series at Peabody Opera House

Posted: March 10, 2018 at 11:01 am   /   Live Theater Reviews

Based on the 1907 novel, “Israel Rank: The Autobiography of a Criminal” (which was also the basis for the highly regarded Alex Guinness film, Kind Hearts and Coronets, from 1949), A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder is one of the most entertaining shows to hit Broadway in the past decade. The story of – […]

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Theatre Review: “Anything Goes” at New Line Theatre (March 1-24)

Posted: March 5, 2018 at 12:17 pm   /   Live Theater Reviews

Anything Goes is a musical packed full of terrific songs and memorable moments. The music and lyrics are by Cole Porter, while Howard Linday and Russel Crouse (The Sound of Music) are responsible for re-writing the book by Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse. There are four versions written for the stage: 1934, 1962, 1987, and […]

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Theatre Review: CHICAGO “Razzle-Dazzles” The Fabulous Fox (March 2-4)

Posted: March 4, 2018 at 9:44 am   /   Live Theater Reviews

Chicago premiered on Broadway in 1975, with music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb – the duo behind Cabaret. The musical is an adaptation of a 1926 play of the same name, based on actual events surrounding two women accused of murder. The alleged femme fatales would become the basis for Roxy Hart and Velma […]

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Review: ‘School of Rock’ Musical Lives Up To Its Name at Fabulous Fox

Posted: January 19, 2018 at 9:14 am   /   Live Theater Reviews

It has been several years since I’ve seen the 2003 comedy School of Rock, directed by Richard Linklater and starring Jack Black. But I do remember the film being quite funny, and how entertaining it was seeing Black’s character teaching a bunch of private school kids how to rock. So I expected a fun show […]

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Theatre Review: THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES at The Rep (Through Jan. 28)

Posted: January 10, 2018 at 11:16 am   /   Live Theater Reviews

Written and created by Roger Bean Directed and choreographed by Melissa Rain Anderson If I could travel back in time for music, the ’50s and ’60s would be high on my list of destinations. Experiencing artists like The McGuire Sisters (“Sugartime,” “Sincerely,” “Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight”), The Chordettes (“Lollipop,” “Mr. Sandman”), and Connie Francis (“Stupid Cupid” & “Lipstick on […]

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Review: Musical ‘On Your Feet!’ Tells Story of Gloria Estefan (thru Nov. 19)

Posted: November 10, 2017 at 10:46 am   /   Live Theater Reviews

Emilio and Gloria Estefan have won a combined 26 Grammys over their illustrious careers. On Your Feet! is a new musical (it opened on Broadway Nov. 2015) which tells the story of how the two got there. In similar fashion to some of my favorite musicals, like Mamma Mia! and Jersey Boys, the show aims to tell the story […]

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Review: ‘Cirque du Soleil Crystal’ Mesmerizes Audiences With Cooler Than Cool Spectacular

Posted: November 6, 2017 at 4:34 pm   /   Live Theater Reviews, St. Louis Events

I remember seeing my first Cirque du Soleil show when I was a teenager, and being completely enamored with the breathtaking feats. Since then, I’ve seen many incredible versions of Cirque, but none quite like their latest production: Crystal. We were lucky enough to be one of the first cities to experience the show, which received a […]

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