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BWW Review: New Line Theatre's ZORBA Exhibits Zest for LifeBWW Review: New Line Theatre's ZORBA Exhibits Zest for Life
by Chris Gibson - Mar 9, 2017

There's something oddly life-affirming about the character of Zobra. He's a cheerleader for living life to its fullest. ZORBA the musical (lyrics by Fred Ebb, music by John Kander, and book by Joseph Stein) impresses an audience with the realization that time never stands still, and therefore, life goes on despite the nasty curves it may lob our way. New Line Theatre's production is a real revelation, because even though this show received its fair share of award nominations, it's really not revived that often. Perhaps it's the darker elements that pervade the show that turn some people off, but then life isn't always sunshine and roses, so I like that they are present. This kind of presentation is something that New Line does better than anyone else, and that's to revive a neglected or forgotten show for a new audience to appreciate, and their track record is impeccable in this regard. This show is a genuine must see, and taking it in I've come to realize that we all need our own personal 'Zorba' to prod us into taking risks and fully investing ourselves in whatever we do, even if things might go awry on occasion. (more...)

Photo Flash: New Line Theatre presents ZORBAPhoto Flash: New Line Theatre presents ZORBA
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2017

It's 1924, on the Greek island of Crete, and you're about to go on a wild, whirlwind tour of the lusty passions of the human heart. (more...)

Sarah Porter Launches New Cabaret Series, New LIne Theatre Off Line at the MonocleSarah Porter Launches New Cabaret Series, New LIne Theatre Off Line at the Monocle
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2017

New Line Theatre, "the bad boy of musical theatre," launches its new cabaret series, Off Line at the Monocle, with one of New Line's most popular performers, on Saturday January 21 at 8:00 p.m. (more...)

BWW Review: New Line Theatre's Fantastic CELEBRATIONBWW Review: New Line Theatre's Fantastic CELEBRATION
by Chris Gibson - Oct 13, 2016

Though I'm extremely familiar with Tom Jones' (words) and Harvey Schmidt's (music) most popular work, THE FANTASTICKS, I had never seen their follow up, CELEBRATION. What I'd read while doing research was that it really fizzled once it was on Broadway. However, after seeing it I can understand why; it's a smaller scaled show that requires just the right venue to succeed. That's why I'm so glad New Line Theatre opened their 26th season with this fanciful and tune-filled musical. Through their superlative efforts we're able to see the premiere of a version that's been revised by Tom Jones. I'm not sure what was changed, but what we're privy to is a very engaging and entertaining production that will make you wonder why it isn't performed with more regularity. The score itself is gorgeous, and I cannot recommend this neglected gem highly enough. (more...)

Photo Flash: New Line Theatre Presents CELEBRATIONPhoto Flash: New Line Theatre Presents CELEBRATION
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2016

New Line Theatre, "the bad boy of musical theatre," opens its 26th season of adult, alternative musical theatre with the world premiere of a new revised version of the wild, 1969 adult jazz-rock musical CELEBRATION, by the creators of The Fantasticks, runningSept. 29-Oct. 22, in the company's new home, the Marcelle Theater, the new blackbox theatre in Grand Center, St. Louis' arts district. (more...)

New Line Theatre has a CELEBRATIONNew Line Theatre has a CELEBRATION
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2016

New Line Theatre, “the bad boy of musical theatre,” opens its 26th season of adult, alternative musical theatre with the world premiere of a new revised version of the wild, 1969 adult jazz-rock musical CELEBRATION, by the creators of The Fantasticks, running Sept. 29-Oct. 22, in the company's new home, the Marcelle Theater, the new blackbox theatre in Grand Center, St. Louis' arts district. (more...)

BWW Review: New Line Theatre's Superb TELL ME ON A SUNDAYBWW Review: New Line Theatre's Superb TELL ME ON A SUNDAY
by Chris Gibson - Aug 26, 2016

TELL ME ON A SUNDAY has an interesting history, being conceived by Tim Rice as a TV series initially. Frequent collaborator and composer, Andrew Lloyd Webber, later took the project to lyricist Don Black, and a lovely one act musical resulted. Though changes have occurred over the years with how it's been utilized (acting as the first part of the show SONG AND DANCE), and with song choices that have come and gone, this production by New Line Theatre is probably the closest you'll find to its original vision. Sparked by some of Webber's most gorgeous material (it occasionally reminds me of vintage Burt Bacharach at times, and I mean that in the best possible way), and laced with Black's amusing and often biting lyrical content, it radiates perfection under Mike Dowdy-Windsor's direction, and in the process, provides actress Sarah Porter with an excellent vehicle to showcase her exceptional talents. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in St. Louis - Week of 8/21/2016Now Playing Onstage in St. Louis - Week of 8/21/2016
by BWW - Aug 21, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 8/21/2016 for St. Louis (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in St. Louis - Week of 8/14/2016Now Playing Onstage in St. Louis - Week of 8/14/2016
by BWW - Aug 14, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 8/14/2016 for St. Louis (more...)

Photo Flash: Andrew Lloyd Webber's TELL ME ON A SUNDAY at New Line TheatrePhoto Flash: Andrew Lloyd Webber's TELL ME ON A SUNDAY at New Line Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2016

New Line Theatre, "the bad boy of musical theatre," closes its 25th anniversary season with Andrew Lloyd Webber's one-woman, one-act rock musical TELL ME ON A SUNDAY, running August 11-27, 2016, in the company's new home, the Marcelle Theater, the new blackbox theatre space in Grand Center, St. Louis' arts district.  (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in St. Louis - Week of 8/07/2016Now Playing Onstage in St. Louis - Week of 8/07/2016
by BWW - Aug 7, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 8/07/2016 for St. Louis (more...)

Photo Flash: New Line Theatre's TELL ME ON A SUNDAYPhoto Flash: New Line Theatre's TELL ME ON A SUNDAY
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2016

 New Line Theatre, "the bad boy of musical theatre," closes its 25th anniversary season with Andrew Lloyd Webber's one-woman, one-act rock musical TELL ME ON A SUNDAY, running August 11-27, 2016, in the company's new home, the Marcelle Theater, the new blackbox theatre space in Grand Center, St. Louis' arts district.  (more...)

New Line Sets Full 26th Season; Casting AnnouncedNew Line Sets Full 26th Season; Casting Announced
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2016

New Line Theatre, 'the bad boy of musical theatre,' announces its 26th season of adult, alternative musical theatre, including the world premiere of a new revised version of the wild, 1969 adult jazz-rock musical CELEBRATION, by the creators of The Fantasticks, running Sept. 29-Oct. 22, 2016; followed by Kander & Ebb's rarely produced gem ZORBA, running March 2-25, 2017; then the regional premiere of the pitch-black 2002 jazz-rock musical THE SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS, based on the famous novel and film, running June 1-24, 2017; and the world premiere of the third installment of New Line's own creation, the new revue OUT ON BROADWAY: THE THIRD COMING, running August 3-19, 2017. All New Line's mainstage shows will be in the company's new home, the Marcelle Theater, the new blackbox theatre in Grand Center, St. Louis' arts district. (more...)

ATOMIC at New Line TheatreATOMIC at New Line Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2016

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BWW Review: ATOMIC Triumphs at New Line TheatreBWW Review: ATOMIC Triumphs at New Line Theatre
by Chris Gibson - Jun 10, 2016

ATOMIC receives it's Midwestern regional debut with New Line Theatre's thoroughly engaging and informative production. While it might not seem typical of the productions you're used to seeing the company present, it falls into a category which they excel at; breathing fresh life into a new show, and in the process, displaying its many artistic merits. As noted in the director's notes, this is a modern Prometheus story in a sense, with physicists creating a sort of Frankenstein's monster as they construct this weapon of mass destruction. The analogy of letting the genie out of the bottle could also apply, since this new technology also led directly to the Cold War and arms escalation that occurred. This isn't just a slice of history that explains how the atomic bomb was created, but more a piece that shows us the emotional impact it had on its creators, Filled with a clever and catchy pop/rock score that drives the angst the characters feel, particularly Leo Szilard, a name passed over in many history books despite his brilliance, feels over how the bomb is going to be utilized. Full of surprising amounts of both humor and heart, this is great theatre, and I could tell from the discussions that happened during intermission, a show that will surely provoke a lot of lively debate. It's essentially must-see entertainment that will have you pondering many of its myriad of aspects and points of view long after the lights have dimmed. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Preview from New Line Theatre's ATOMICSTAGE TUBE: Watch Preview from New Line Theatre's ATOMIC
by Stage Tube - Jun 7, 2016

New Line Theatre, "the bad boy of musical theatre," now in its 25th anniversary season of adult, alternative musical theatre, presents the regional premiere of the new rock musical ATOMIC by Danny Ginges and Philip Foxman, running June 2-25, 2016, in the company's new home, the Marcelle Theater, the new blackbox theatre space in Grand Center, St. Louis' arts district. (more...)

Photo Flash: New Line Theatre Presents New Rock Musical ATOMICPhoto Flash: New Line Theatre Presents New Rock Musical ATOMIC
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2016

New Line Theatre, "the bad boy of musical theatre," now in its 25th anniversary season of adult, alternative musical theatre, presents the regional premiere of the new rock musical ATOMIC by Danny Ginges and Philip Foxman, running June 2-25, 2016, in the company's new home, the Marcelle Theater, the new blackbox theatre space in Grand Center, St. Louis' arts district. (more...)

ATOMIC at New Line TheatreATOMIC at New Line Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2016

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ATOMIC Begins at New Line Theatre TodayATOMIC Begins at New Line Theatre Today
by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2016

New Line Theatre, 'the bad boy of musical theatre,' now in its 25th anniversary season of adult, alternative musical theatre, presents the regional premiere of the new rock musical ATOMIC by Danny Ginges and Philip Foxman, beginning today, June 2, and continues through 25, 2016, in the company's new home, the Marcelle Theater, the new blackbox theatre space in Grand Center, St. Louis' arts district. (more...)

BWW Review: New Line Theatre's Stunning, Fuel-Injected AMERICAN IDIOTBWW Review: New Line Theatre's Stunning, Fuel-Injected AMERICAN IDIOT
by Chris Gibson - Mar 11, 2016

I saw the touring production of AMERICAN IDIOT when it played at The Peabody Opera House a while back. I was eager to see it, being a fan of Green Day's music, and this rock opera, in particular. It was a great show, but the one thing that stuck in my mind afterward wasn't the performers, or even the great songs, but instead it was the scenic design. Which brings me to New Line Theatre's intimate production of this extremely tuneful and highly politicized show; a natural for this company to tackle, since they consistently provide fuel-injected presentations of a wide range of material that covers the gamut from neglected newer shows to classics that need some new life pumped into them. It's what they do so extraordinarily well. The disconnect I felt with the touring production vanished in the cozy confines of The Marcelle, and the scenic design wasn't a distraction, instead it became a complement to the anger, frustration, and call to arms that informs this period of terrorism and paranoia in our nation's history. This is a real hit, that genuinely rocks the house! So, get your tickets now. (more...)

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