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BWW Reviews: Theatre Lab's Intense THE PILLOWMANBWW Reviews: Theatre Lab's Intense THE PILLOWMAN
by Chris Gibson - Jun 7, 2015

I've seen three of Martin McDonagh's plays, and I can honestly say that each has been a genuine corker. They're beyond dark at times, but filled with an offbeat sense of humor that often makes you care more about a character than think you, perhaps, should. It's a part of their charm, at least for the ones I've been privileged to see. McDonagh also brings a real sense of humanity to his creations, and that's especially evident in the Theatre Lab's amazing production of his harrowing, often horrific work, THE PILLOWMAN. Seeing this production offers an intense experience enhanced greatly by the moody compositions of Luke Viertel, and the graphic artistry and illustrations of Aaron Allen. Combined, these elements along with sharp direction and a crackerjack cast, provide a spellbinding evening of theatre. (more...)

BWW Reviews: New Line Theatre's Shocking and Superb JERRY SPRINGER THE OPERABWW Reviews: New Line Theatre's Shocking and Superb JERRY SPRINGER THE OPERA
by Chris Gibson - Mar 11, 2015

I always know to expect the unexpected when I attend a production by New Line Theatre. Artistic Director Scott Miller has a gift for choosing shows that are consistently engaging, entertaining, and smartly cast and directed. Whether it's a revival of a classic or something of a more recent vintage, each receives the same special care and attention that makes the old seem new again, and makes you wonder why some of the newer material wasn't more successful during their initial runs. With JERRY SPRINGER THE OPERA, New Line brings us a St. Louis premier of a musical that has actually achieved a modicum of success (including a filmed staging in 2005), but it's not a choice that you're likely to find anywhere else in this region due to its adult nature and content. New Line is dedicated to taking those kind of risks. And, I'm so glad they are, because I love seeing presentations that push the envelope, especially when they're done so brilliantly. JERRY SPRINGER THE OPERA (music by Richard Thomas with book and lyrics by Stewart Lee and Thomas) delivers a unique, funny, tuneful, and completely tasteless parade of humanity that will win you over immediately. Prepare yourself to see opera from an entirely different perspective, in way that manages to stay true to the very tropes that define the genre, while turning them on their head with delicious blasphemy. (more...)

New Line Presents JERRY SPRINGER THE OPERA, 3/5-28New Line Presents JERRY SPRINGER THE OPERA, 3/5-28
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2015

New Line Theatre, "the bad boy of musical theatre," continues its 24th season of adult, alternative musical theatre, with the St. Louis premiere of the outrageous JERRY SPRINGER THE OPERA, running March 5-28, 2015, at the Washington University South Campus Theatre, 6501 Clayton Road. (more...)

New Line Theatre to Present St. Louis Premiere of JERRY SPRINGER THE OPERA, 3/5-28New Line Theatre to Present St. Louis Premiere of JERRY SPRINGER THE OPERA, 3/5-28
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2015

New Line Theatre, 'the bad boy of musical theatre,' continues its 24th season of adult, alternative musical theatre, with the St. Louis premiere of the outrageous JERRY SPRINGER THE OPERA, running March 5-28, 2015, at the Washington University South Campus Theatre, 6501 Clayton Road. This show contains very adult content and language. (more...)

Casting Announced for New Line Theatre's BONNIE & CLYDE and JERRY SPRINGER THE OPERACasting Announced for New Line Theatre's BONNIE & CLYDE and JERRY SPRINGER THE OPERA
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2014

New Line Theatre, "the bad boy of musical theatre," announces its 24th season of adult, alternative musical theatre, including the St. Louis premiere of the new musical BONNIE & CLYDE, running Oct. 2-25, 2014; the St. Louis premiere of the outrageous JERRY SPRINGER THE OPERA, running March 5-28, 2015; and one of the masterpieces of the art form, the darkly satiric THREEPENNY OPERA (which isn't really an opera), running May 28-June 20, 2015. (more...)

New Line Theatre Presents HANDS ON A HARDBODY, 5/29-6/21New Line Theatre Presents HANDS ON A HARDBODY, 5/29-6/21
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2014

New Line Theatre, 'the bad boy of musical theatre, ' closes its 23rd season of adult, alternative musical theatre with the American regional premiere, straight from Broadway, of the country-rock musical HANDS ON A HARDBODY, running May 29-June 21 (May 29 is a preview). New Line is the first company in the country to produce this show since its Broadway run last season. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in St. Louis - Week of 6/08/2014Now Playing Onstage in St. Louis - Week of 6/08/2014
by BWW - Jun 8, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 6/08/2014 for St. Louis (more...)

BWW Reviews: New Line Theatre's Wonderful Production of HANDS ON A HARDBODYBWW Reviews: New Line Theatre's Wonderful Production of HANDS ON A HARDBODY
by Chris Gibson - Jun 2, 2014

Looking over a list of New Line Theatre's shows for the past 23 years is a very telling experience. This is a group dedicated to restoring the old and embracing the new. That's why their current production of HANDS ON A HARDBODY shouldn't shock you that it's so damn good (it really is), because this is exactly what they do so well. They take something tuneful and different, perform it enthusiastically in an intimate environment, and the audience is rewarded with a fresh and invigorating experience. Go see HANDS ON A HARDBODY now! (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in St. Louis - Week of 6/01/2014Now Playing Onstage in St. Louis - Week of 6/01/2014
by BWW - Jun 1, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 6/01/2014 for St. Louis (more...)

New Line Theatre Presents HANDS ON A HARDBODY, Now thru 6/21New Line Theatre Presents HANDS ON A HARDBODY, Now thru 6/21
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2014

New Line Theatre, 'the bad boy of musical theatre, ' closes its 23rd season of adult, alternative musical theatre with the American regional premiere, straight from Broadway, of the country-rock musical HANDS ON A HARDBODY, running tonight, May 29-June 21 (May 29 is a preview). New Line is the first company in the country to produce this show since its Broadway run last season. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in St. Louis - Week of 5/25/2014Now Playing Onstage in St. Louis - Week of 5/25/2014
by BWW - May 25, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 5/25/2014 for St. Louis (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of New Line's HANDS ON A HARDBODYPhoto Flash: Meet the Cast of New Line's HANDS ON A HARDBODY
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2014

New Line Theatre, 'the bad boy of musical theatre, ' closes its 23rd season of adult, alternative musical theatre with the American regional premiere, straight from Broadway, of the country-rock musical HANDS ON A HARDBODY, running May 29-June 21. New Line is the first company in the country to produce this show since its Broadway run last season. Check out a first look at the cast below! (more...)

New Line Theatre Presents HANDS ON A HARDBODY, 5/29-6/21New Line Theatre Presents HANDS ON A HARDBODY, 5/29-6/21
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2014

New Line Theatre, 'the bad boy of musical theatre, ' closes its 23rd season of adult, alternative musical theatre with the American regional premiere, straight from Broadway, of the country-rock musical HANDS ON A HARDBODY, running May 29-June 21 (May 29 is a preview). New Line is the first company in the country to produce this show since its Broadway run last season. (more...)

Go Behind the Scenes with New Line's RENT Creative Team TonightGo Behind the Scenes with New Line's RENT Creative Team Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2014

New Line Theatre, 'the bad boy of musical theatre, ' continues its 23rd season of adult, alternative musical theatre with an all-new, re-imagined production of the Pulitzer Prize winning contemporary classic, the iconic rock opera RENT, running through March 29, 2014. And tonight, March 25, at 7:00 p.m., New Line Theatre Off Line presents the first in the new Special Features series, bringing the RENT production and design team to the stage to talk about their work and take questions from you! (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in St. Louis - Week of 3/23/2014Now Playing Onstage in St. Louis - Week of 3/23/2014
by BWW - Mar 23, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 3/23/2014 for St. Louis (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in St. Louis - Week of 3/16/2014Now Playing Onstage in St. Louis - Week of 3/16/2014
by BWW - Mar 16, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 3/16/2014 for St. Louis (more...)

Go Behind the Scenes with New Line's RENT Creative Team, 3/25Go Behind the Scenes with New Line's RENT Creative Team, 3/25
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2014

New Line Theatre, 'the bad boy of musical theatre, ' continues its 23rd season of adult, alternative musical theatre with an all-new, re-imagined production of the Pulitzer Prize winning contemporary classic, the iconic rock opera RENT, running through March 29, 2014. And on Tuesday, March 25, at 7:00 p.m., New Line Theatre Off Line presents the first in the new Special Features series, bringing the RENT production and design team to the stage to talk about their work and take questions from you! (more...)

BWW Reviews: New Line Theatre's Wonderful Production of RENTBWW Reviews: New Line Theatre's Wonderful Production of RENT
by Chris Gibson - Mar 10, 2014

If you think you've seen RENT before, you really haven't. The touring companies with adults in the lead roles never really worked for me. They all seemed too old and mature to be portraying what is basically a 'coming of age' story. That's where New Line Theatre's current production really gets it right, and why you have to check it out immediately. A very talented, enthusiastic, and youthful cast brings Jonathan Larson's (book, music and lyrics) work to life in vibrant, intimate fashion that makes you actually care about these characters and their situation. This is a must-see show, and I cannot recommend it highly enough. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in St. Louis - Week of 3/09/2014Now Playing Onstage in St. Louis - Week of 3/09/2014
by BWW - Mar 9, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 3/09/2014 for St. Louis (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at New Line Theatre's RENTPhoto Flash: First Look at New Line Theatre's RENT
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2014

New Line continues its 23rd season with Jonathan Larson's Pulitzer Prize winning, long-running rock opera RENT. This cheerfully transgressive, 1990s rock/pop riff on the classic story, set in New York City's East Village, is best described in its creator's own words: "In these dangerous times, where it seems the world is ripping apart at the seams, we can all learn how to survive from those who stare death squarely in the face every day and we should reach out to each other and bond as a community, rather than hide from the terrors of life at the end of the millennium." BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

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