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Opera Theatre of St. Louis Hits All the Right Notes with THE MAGIC FLUTE (Review)

Posted: June 22, 2022 at 12:40 pm   /   Live Theater, Live Theater Reviews

With so much intensity permeating through Opera Theatre of St. Louis’ 48th season, it is good to see the company let its hair down. With two emotionally heavy world premieres surrounding it, The Magic Flute provides some much-need relief.  Renovated by director Omer Ben Seadia’s clever pacing, Jessica Jahn’s vivaciously creative costumes, and Ryan Howell’s set design, […]

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The Fight for Equality Has Dire Consequences in OTSL’s Poignant HARVEY MILK (Review)

Posted: June 18, 2022 at 10:49 am   /   Live Theater, Live Theater Reviews

It is only fitting that Opera Theatre St. Louis closes out its 48th season with an opera about overcoming adversity. Back on its home stage in front of an audience for the first time since 2019, the company has faced several challenges, including postponing two world premiere presentations. But, in the case of Harvey Milk, […]

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Theatre Review: URINETOWN at New Line Theatre

Posted: June 16, 2022 at 3:14 pm   /   Live Theater, Live Theater Reviews

Urinetown is the meta, satirical musical we need right now. Created by Greg Kotis (Book/Lyrics) and Mark Hollmann (Music/Lyrics), the story takes place in a dystopian future (an eagle-eyed Scott Miller spotted the year 2027 on a prop in the original Broadway production) where a decades-long drought has eliminated private restrooms. Now all public restrooms, […]

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Theatre Review: AWAKENINGS Is the Sleeper Hit of the Season

Posted: June 13, 2022 at 9:53 am   /   Live Theater, Live Theater Reviews

For Opera Theatre St. Louis, the season doesn’t get much better than having two world premiere operas in the same season. The first, an adaptation of Dr. Oliver Sacks’ book Awakenings, was originally planned as the opener for the 2020 season. Despite being stalled, this highly emotional opera has finally arrived. Relentless in its intensity […]

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Disney’s THE LION KING Roars at The Fox Theatre in St. Louis (Review)

Posted: June 7, 2022 at 9:09 am   /   Live Theater, Live Theater Reviews

It goes without saying, The Lion King is a fantastic musical. Based on the 1994 Disney animated film, the Broadway show opened in 1997 and won six Tony Awards, including: Best Musical, Direction (Julie Taymor), Choreography, Scenic Design, Costume Design, and Lighting Design. It holds the record for the 3rd longest-running show in Broadway history, […]

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Theatre Review: The World Premiere of THE KARATE KID – THE MUSICAL at Stages St. Louis

Posted: June 6, 2022 at 10:56 am   /   Live Theater, Live Theater Reviews

Making its world premiere at Stages St. Louis, THE KARATE KID – THE MUSICAL is an adaptation that not only lives up to the beloved film it is based on – it surpasses it. The musical is based on the 1984 film written by Robert Mark Kamen and directed by John G. Avildsen, about a […]

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Review: CARMEN Opens 2022 Festival Season at Opera Theatre of St. Louis

Posted: May 25, 2022 at 3:44 pm   /   Live Theater, Live Theater Reviews

Bullfighting and bravado take center stage for Opera Theatre of St. Louis’ feisty production of Carmen. Set in Franco’s Spain, Rodula Gaitanou’s battle of the sexes takes a little time to get going. But, once it does, the production kicks into overdrive. Opening the company’s 48th season, Gaitanou’s interpretation breaks away from the trendy projections […]

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Review: My Brother, My Brother and Me “Fancy Takes Flight Tour” Kicks Off in St. Louis

Posted: April 25, 2022 at 11:18 am   /   Live Theater, Live Theater Reviews

On Wednesday, April 20 at Stifel Theatre in St. Louis, fancy took flight. Thousands of fans of the brotherly trio packed the house as My Brother, My Brother and Me (MBMBaM, pronounced like “Ma-bim-bam” by the initiated) recorded a live podcast. Opening the show was an episode of youngest brother Griffin’s podcast Wonderful! that he […]

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Review: HAMILTON Returns to The Fabulous Fox Theatre in St. Louis

Posted: April 19, 2022 at 7:30 am   /   Live Theater, Live Theater Reviews

Now playing through May 15. With the unfortunate delay of the 2020 Broadway Series, audiences in St. Louis were forced to “wait for it” a little longer – with the North American tour of Hamilton finally returning this month. Lin-Manuel Miranda reintroduced the world to Alexander Hamilton in 2015, with the show quickly becoming one […]

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Theatre Review: HAIRSPRAY at The Fabulous Fox

Posted: April 8, 2022 at 10:12 am   /   Live Theater, Live Theater Reviews

You can’t stop the FUN at Hairspray, currently playing The Fabulous Fox through April 9. In the hilarious and heartwarming musical, Tracy Turnblad (NIKI METCALF) – a high schooler in the early ’60s – would love nothing more than to be one of the dancers on “The Corny Collins Show” (think “American Bandstand”). Although her […]

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