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BWW Reviews: Stages St. Louis' Absolutely Delightful THE ARISTOCATSBWW Reviews: Stages St. Louis' Absolutely Delightful THE ARISTOCATS
by Chris Gibson - Jun 10, 2015

The feature length animated film, THE ARISTOCATS (1970), was the last project Walt Disney approved before his death in 1966. My son and I watched it several years ago on DVD, when he was just a little tyke. And then, in 2010 we attended Stages St. Louis' wonderful production of the show. Five years later I was little hesitant to bring him to their latest presentation, just because he's that much older, but I think he actually enjoyed it more the second time around. He's now at an age where he can really appreciate the work that goes into bringing these shows to the stage. He loved the performances and music, and so did I. Stages has put together an excellent show that, obviously, has appeal for kids of all ages (and adults as well), and it's currently gracing the stage of The Westport Playhouse. I think the intimacy of the venue acts to enhance the experience, bringing the audience that much closer to the action. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Stages St. Louis' Rollicking Good Time at SMOKEY JOE'S CAFEBWW Reviews: Stages St. Louis' Rollicking Good Time at SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE
by Chris Gibson - Jun 7, 2015

Stages St. Louis opens their 29th season with an all out party, with their audience-pleasing presentation of SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE, which celebrates the musical collaborations of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Now, if you want to know their backstory, then read their autobiography, 'Hound Dog', but if you just want to have a blast of an evening, then sit back and enjoy this imaginative musical tribute to 39 of their songs, keeping in mind that's just the tip of the iceberg for these Brill Building wonders who had 70 charted hits over the course of their writing partnership. Stages really pulls out all the stops to make sure that each number is unique in its own way, and when they aren't seriously rocking the house, they are either scorching hot, or just plain hilarious. You won't want to miss this rollicking revue! (more...)

AXE & Esquire Give Aspiring Designers Chance to Showcase Their WorkAXE & Esquire Give Aspiring Designers Chance to Showcase Their Work
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2015

AXE, the #1 men's fragrance brand*, is shaking things up in the fashion world and changing the definition of style. Starting today, AXE and style authority Esquire, are searching high and low for the future of fashion (more...)

Last Chance to Vote for the BroadwayWorld St. Louis AwardsLast Chance to Vote for the BroadwayWorld St. Louis Awards
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 26, 2014

It's your last week to vote for the 2014 BroadwayWorld St. Louis Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of December 26th. Voting closes at the end of the year, in under one week! (more...)

Time is Ticking to Vote for the BroadwayWorld St. Louis AwardsTime is Ticking to Vote for the BroadwayWorld St. Louis Awards
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 19, 2014

Time is ticking on your last chance to vote for the 2014 BroadwayWorld St. Louis Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of December 19th. Voting closes at the end of the year! (more...)

Stages' St. Louis' ALWAYS PATSY CLINE...Headed to Alabama Shakespeare FestivalStages' St. Louis' ALWAYS PATSY CLINE...Headed to Alabama Shakespeare Festival
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2014

Hot off the heels of STAGES St. Louis' record-breaking production of Always... Patsy Cline, STAGES has announced the show and its creative team will head to Montgomery, Alabama as part of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival's 2014 - 2015 Season, Jan. 13 through Feb. 8, 2015. (more...)

Final Two Weeks of Voting for the BroadwayWorld St. Louis Awards - Raymond McAnally Leads!Final Two Weeks of Voting for the BroadwayWorld St. Louis Awards - Raymond McAnally Leads!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 13, 2014

Voting has now opened for the 2014 BroadwayWorld St. Louis Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of December 4th. (more...)

Stages St. Louis' ALWAYS...PATSY CLINE Grosses $1 Million During RunStages St. Louis' ALWAYS...PATSY CLINE Grosses $1 Million During Run
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2014

STAGES St. Louis has announced that the box office sensation, Always... Patsy Cline grossed over $1 Million during its six month run at The Playhouse at Westport Plaza., making up 58% of STAGES 2014 ticket revenue. Always... Patsy Cline was originally produced by STAGES during its record-breaking 2013 Season, which resulted in two added performances and historic attendance. Nightly, the audiences stopped the show with thunderous applause for numbers like 'Crazy,' 'Lovesick Blues,' and 'Your Cheating Heart.' (more...)

Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at STAGES St. Louis' Celebration of FIDDLER'S 50th!Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at STAGES St. Louis' Celebration of FIDDLER'S 50th!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2014

(ST. LOUIS) - STAGES St. Louis is pleased to announce the opening of the timeless Tony Award winning musical Fiddler on the Roof. The treasured tale of family and tradition plays at the Robert G. Reim Theatre in Kirkwood through October 5th. Due to an unprecedented advance in sales, STAGES has added a performance to the original schedule on Sunday, September 28 at 7:30 pm. Check out a first look at the opening night celebration below! (more...)

ALWAYS... PATSY CLINE Continues Tonight at STAGES St. LouisALWAYS... PATSY CLINE Continues Tonight at STAGES St. Louis
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2014

STAGES St. Louis has announced that the box office sensation, Always... Patsy Cline at The Playhouse at Westport Plaza will continue tonight, September 18th to October 12th. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Impressive FIDDLER ON THE ROOF at Stages St. LouisBWW Reviews: Impressive FIDDLER ON THE ROOF at Stages St. Louis
by Chris Gibson - Sep 14, 2014

It's just a fact that Stages St. Louis is a very special theatre company that always brings a sense of joy and enthusiasm to the shows they stage year end and year out. FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, their current production (book by Joseph Stein, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and music by Jerry Beck), is another terrific example of their expertise in these endeavors. Lovingly crafted and performed with equal parts gusto and tenderness, this is a presentation that perfectly illustrates the art of musical theatre, while also touching the heart and soul of those who view it. (more...)

USA TODAY Sports Launches 'College Football Fan Index by Degree'USA TODAY Sports Launches 'College Football Fan Index by Degree'
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2014

MCLEAN, Va., Aug. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ USA TODAY Sports today launched the College Football Fan Index presented by Degree, the only digital index that combines social media activity and online fan voting to determine the ultimate college football fan base. (more...)

STAGES St. Louis Extends ALWAYS... PATSY CLINESTAGES St. Louis Extends ALWAYS... PATSY CLINE
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2014

STAGES St. Louis has announced that the box office sensation, Always... Patsy Cline at The Playhouse at Westport Plaza will continue September 18th to October 12th. The theatre company's momentous production of Always... Patsy Cline will play five performances per week Thursday through Sunday, following a brief two week hiatus. Always... Patsy Cline was originally produced by STAGES during its record-breaking 27th Season, which resulted in two added performances and historic attendance. Nightly, the audiences stopped the show with thunderous applause for numbers like 'Crazy,' 'Lovesick Blues,' and 'Your Cheating Heart.' (more...)

STAGES St. Louis Adds 9/28 Performance of FIDDLER ON THE ROOFSTAGES St. Louis Adds 9/28 Performance of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2014

STAGES St. Louis has announced the opening of the timeless Tony Award winning musical Fiddler on the Roof. The treasured tale of family and tradition will play at the Robert G. Reim Theatre in Kirkwood, September 5th through October 5th . Due to an unprecedented advance in sales, STAGES has added a performance to the original schedule on Sunday, September 28 at 7:30 pm. (more...)

Ben Nordstrom to Lead Stages St. Louis' 'HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS'; Cast AnnouncedBen Nordstrom to Lead Stages St. Louis' 'HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS'; Cast Announced
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2014

STAGES St. Louis is thrilled to announce the opening of the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning musical, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. The witty comedy about climbing the corporate ladder (in record time!) will run July 18th through August 17that the Robert G. Reim Theatre in Kirkwood. (more...)

BWW Reviews: THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONG Shines at Stages St. LouisBWW Reviews: THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONG Shines at Stages St. Louis
by Chris Gibson - Jun 9, 2014

I've always been curious about THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONG, but I'd never had the chance to see it before. You have to be intrigued by the fact that prolific playwright Neil Simon wrote the book, and also because Marvin Hamlisch and Carole Bayer Sager, who are responsible, together and separately, for some of the biggest hits to come out of the 1970's and early 80's, wrote the score. So, I'm here to report that the current production by Stages St. Louis is a delightful romantic comedy filled with catchy tunes that would make a perfect "date night" for couples. (more...)

STAGES' ALWAYS...PATSY CLINE Recoups, Extends Through 8/31STAGES' ALWAYS...PATSY CLINE Recoups, Extends Through 8/31
by BWW News Desk - May 30, 2014

STAGES St. Louis has announced that Always... Patsy Cline at The Playhouse at Westport Plaza has recouped all transfer and renovation costs in the first month of performances and will extend performances through Labor Day. The theatre company's momentous production of Always... Patsy Cline will add six additional performances per week through August 31, 2014 to its original production schedule. Always... Patsy Cline was originally produced by STAGES during its record-breaking 27th Season, which resulted in two added performances and historic attendance. Nightly, the audiences stopped the show with thunderous applause for numbers like 'Crazy,' 'Lovesick Blues,' and 'Your Cheating Heart.' (more...)

THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONG Opens STAGES St. Louis' 28th Season TonightTHEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONG Opens STAGES St. Louis' 28th Season Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 30, 2014

STAGES St. Louis will open its 28th season with a musical gem rarely seen in St. Louis, They're Playing Our Song tonight, May 30th through June 29th at the Robert G. Reim Theatre in Kirkwood. Romance, laughter, and great music come together in a sweet and sophisticated musical romp that will have you singing along from curtain up to curtain down! (more...)

THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONG to Open STAGES St. Louis' 28th Season, 5/30-6/29THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONG to Open STAGES St. Louis' 28th Season, 5/30-6/29
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2014

STAGES St. Louis will open its 28th season with a musical gem rarely seen in St. Louis, They're Playing Our Song May 30th through June 29th at the Robert G. Reim Theatre in Kirkwood. Romance, laughter, and great music come together in a sweet and sophisticated musical romp that will have you singing along from curtain up to curtain down! (more...)

BWW Reviews: Wonderful Revival of ALWAYS...PATSY CLINE by Stages St. LouisBWW Reviews: Wonderful Revival of ALWAYS...PATSY CLINE by Stages St. Louis
by Chris Gibson - May 1, 2014

Another welcome revival hits the local theatre scene with the Stages St. Louis production of ALWAYS...PATSY CLINE at The Playhouse at Westport Plaza. It's an excellent show, full of good humor and packed with a great collection of classic country tunes. It plays out as more than just your typical tribute show, because it actually has a story to tell to go along with its superb music. What really makes this show work are the performances by the cast and band, all of whom do absolutely impeccable work. And, what makes this revival a special sort of success is the sense of intimacy that the cozy confines of this venue provide. It really allows the actors to interact with the audience, and they take advantage of that to get up close and personal. I've said all this before, but this is must-see entertainment, and I can't recommend it highly enough! (more...)

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