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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...)

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...)

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...)

STAGE TUBE: First Look at Highlights of AMERICAN IDIOT at New Line TheatreSTAGE TUBE: First Look at Highlights of AMERICAN IDIOT at New Line Theatre
by Stage Tube - Mar 7, 2016

New Line Theatre, 'the bad boy of musical theatre,' continues its 25th anniversary season of adult, alternative musical theatre, with the first local production of the searing rock fable AMERICAN IDIOT, running now through March 26, 2016, at the company's new home, the Marcelle Theater, the new blackbox theatre space in Grand Center, St. Louis' arts district. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at New Line Theatre's AMERICAN IDIOTPhoto Flash: First Look at New Line Theatre's AMERICAN IDIOT
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2016

New Line Theatre, 'the bad boy of musical theatre,' continues its 25th anniversary season of adult, alternative musical theatre, with the first local production of the searing rock fable AMERICAN IDIOT, running now through March 26, 2016, at the company's new home, the Marcelle Theater, the new blackbox theatre space in Grand Center, St. Louis' arts district. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

New Line Theatre Announces Rock Musical LIZZIENew Line Theatre Announces Rock Musical LIZZIE
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2016

New Line Theatre, "the bad boy of musical theatre," will present the driving, four-woman rock opera LIZZIE, by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer, Tim Maner, and Alan Stevens Hewitt, in August 2017 to close the company's 2016-2017 season. (more...)

BEST OF 2015 by Chris GibsonBEST OF 2015 by Chris Gibson
by Chris Gibson - Jan 4, 2016

My lists for the best plays/musicals in St. Louis is in chronological order. I'm not limiting myself to any specific number of entries either. These are simply the best productions and performances in various categories that I witnessed during a packed year filled with companies closing and new ones opening. It continues to be a great time to be a theater-goer in our town, with many, many choices of quality shows available for your viewing pleasure on any given day or evening. My favorite show among all thesel selections just might be Upstream Theater's THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER. My son and I attended, and were simply delighted by the mix of music and drama occurring on stage. It was a magical experience that I was able to share with my then nine year old little boy, and we both highly recommend that you check out the band Sleepy Kitty. (more...)

New Line Theatre to Present 25 TO LIFE!New Line Theatre to Present 25 TO LIFE!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2015

New Line Theatre, "the bad boy of musical theatre," celebrates its 25th anniversary season of adult, alternative musical theatre, with 25 TO LIFE! an evening of songs from New Line's first twenty-five years, for two nights only, January 5-6, 2016, at the Sheldon Concert Hall, behind the Fox Theatre in Grand Center. (more...)

New Line Announces Casting for Regional Premiere of ATOMICNew Line Announces Casting for Regional Premiere of ATOMIC
by BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2015

New Line Theatre, "the bad boy of musical theatre," now in its 25th anniversary season of adult, alternative musical theatre, announces casting for the American 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...)

New Line Theatre to Return to Sheldon Concert Hall for 25 TO LIFE! This JanuaryNew Line Theatre to Return to Sheldon Concert Hall for 25 TO LIFE! This January
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2015

New Line Theatre, "the bad boy of musical theatre," celebrates its 25th anniversary season of adult, alternative musical theatre, with 25 TO LIFE! an evening of songs from New Line's first twenty-five years, for two nights only, January 5-6, 2016, at the Sheldon Concert Hall, behind the Fox Theatre in Grand Center. (more...)

New Line Sets Sarah Porter to Star in TELL ME ON A SUNDAYNew Line Sets Sarah Porter to Star in TELL ME ON A SUNDAY
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2015

New Line Theatre, 'the bad boy of musical theatre,' announces casting for the fourth show in their season, Andrew Lloyd Webber's one-woman, one-act 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...)

BWW Review: New Line Theatre's Dark and Outstanding HEATHERSBWW Review: New Line Theatre's Dark and Outstanding HEATHERS
by Chris Gibson - Oct 7, 2015

The 1980's were an interesting time for movies with teen comedy/dramas seemingly appearing everywhere, and one of the most intriguing aspects of these pictures was the absence of many adult characters. The late John Hughes was responsible for several "brat pack" films that established a distinct tone for this genre, but it was near the end of this cycle that director Michael Lehmann and screenwriter Daniel Waters put together something that took those established tropes in an entirely different, and decidedly dark, direction with the movie HEATHERS. The musical version had a run Off-Broadway in 2014, and now you can see it in all its pitch black glory with New Line Theatre's amazing production, which opens their 25th season. Not only is it a fantastic and edgy show, but it also marks their first presentation in their new venue, the Marcelle Theater (lovingly designed by Rob Lippert). This is a dazzling and intense show that features a smartly crafted book and score, courtesy of Laurence O'Keefe and Kevin Murphy, as well as an excellent cast and expert direction. This is beyond must-see entertainment. This is an accomplishment you absolutely have to check out. You'll be dazzled by its brilliance, and completely floored by the wonderful performances you'll be witness to. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at  Sicily Mathenia, Larissa White, Cameisha Cotton & More in New Line Theatre's HEATHERSPhoto Flash: First Look at Sicily Mathenia, Larissa White, Cameisha Cotton & More in New Line Theatre's HEATHERS
by BWW News Desk - Oct 2, 2015

New Line opens its 25th season with the regional premiere of the pitch-black musical comedy HEATHERS, written by the award-winning team of Kevin Murphy (Reefer Madness) and Laurence O'Keefe (Bat Boy, Legally Blonde). This hilarious, big-hearted, and homicidal new musical is based on the 1989 cult film, truly one of the darkest teen comedies of all time. The original screenwriter Daniel Waters called it, "a Carson McCullers-style novel of a girl who meets the Antichrist as a teenager.' (more...)

HEATHERS Kicks Off New Line's 25th Season TonightHEATHERS Kicks Off New Line's 25th Season Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2015

New Line opens its 25th season with the company's 75th production, the pitch-black musical comedy HEATHERS, running tonight, October 1, through October 24, 2015, written by the award-winning team of Kevin Murphy ( Reefer Madness) and Laurence O'Keefe ( Bat Boy, Legally Blonde). (more...)

New Line Theatre Opens 25th Season with HEATHERS in New Venue TonightNew Line Theatre Opens 25th Season with HEATHERS in New Venue Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2015

New Line Theatre, 'the bad boy of musical theatre,' celebrates its 25th anniversary season of adult, alternative musical theatre, with a new, expanded line-up and a brand new theatre. (more...)

HEATHERS to Kick Off New Line's 25th Season, 10/1-24HEATHERS to Kick Off New Line's 25th Season, 10/1-24
by BWW News Desk - Sep 17, 2015

New Line Theatre, "the bad boy of musical theatre," opens its 25th anniversary season of adult, alternative musical theatre in the brand new Marcelle Theater in Grand Center, with the regional premiere of the rock musical HEATHERS, running October 1-24, 2015.  (more...)

AMERICAN IDIOT, HEATHERS, and More Headline New Line Theatre's 25th Anniversary SeasonAMERICAN IDIOT, HEATHERS, and More Headline New Line Theatre's 25th Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2015

New Line Theatre, "the bad boy of musical theatre," celebrates its 25th anniversary season of adult, alternative musical theatre, with a new, expanded line-up, a brand new theatre, and a very special thank-you to the St. Louis community -- '25 for 25.' At the Thursday preview performance for each show this season, New Line will set aside 25 tickets, and the first 25 people in line at the box office at 7:00 pm will each get a ticket for 25 cents (one ticket per person). (more...)

New Line Theatre to Open 25th Season with HEATHERS in New VenueNew Line Theatre to Open 25th Season with HEATHERS in New Venue
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2015

New Line Theatre, 'the bad boy of musical theatre,' celebrates its 25th anniversary season of adult, alternative musical theatre, with a new, expanded line-up and a brand new theatre. (more...)

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