Live Theater Reviews

Theatre Review: New Line’s CRY-BABY Brings Tears of Laughter

Posted: October 9, 2019 at 1:31 pm   /   Live Theater, Live Theater Reviews

My only experience going into Cry-Baby at The Marcelle was the 1990 film, directed by John Waters and starring Johnny Depp as the titular heartthrob. New Line Theatre produced the musical back in 2013, the show right before my introduction to “The Bad Boy of Musical Theatre” – High Fidelity (still one of my favorites […]

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Theatre Review: HELLO, DOLLY! Gives Warm Welcome to Audiences for Latest Broadway Series

Posted: October 4, 2019 at 11:21 am   /   Live Theater, Live Theater Reviews

Fresh off a Tony Award-winning revival on Broadway, Hello, Dolly! opens the 2019-2020 Broadway Series at the Fabulous Fox. Carolee Carmello is sensational as Dolly, a widowed matchmaker who is known for making everyone’s business her own. There’s nothing she can’t do as she earns a living by taking on as many side-jobs as possible. But […]

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Review: The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Dazzles in Stéphane Denève’s Debut

Posted: September 24, 2019 at 11:51 am   /   Concerts, Live Theater Reviews

It is an exciting time of new beginnings for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. Like all new starts there is energy and anxiety, both of which signify that magic is in the air. In addition to unveiling a new logo and special pricing the orchestra enthusiastically began its 140th season with the debut of their […]

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Theatre Review: ANGELS IN AMERICA PART TWO Brings Kushner’s Masterpiece to Life

Posted: September 24, 2019 at 11:34 am   /   Live Theater Reviews

You don’t see many plays produced in two parts, back to back – or concurrently as The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis is currently doing with Angels in America Parts One and Two. Doing so is not only a huge commitment from the theatre, but also the audience – asking them to buy two tickets, and […]

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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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