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Grammy Winner Jill Scott Coming to the Fabulous Fox This Summer Grammy Winner Jill Scott Coming to the Fabulous Fox This Summer
by BWW News Desk on March 27, 2017 in St. Louis

Fox Concerts presents the Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter JILL SCOTT at the Fabulous Fox Theatre on Saturday, July 8 at 8 p.m. (more...)
Gene Simmons Seeks Opening Act For Wizard World's Concert At The Pageant Gene Simmons Seeks Opening Act For Wizard World's Concert At The Pageant
by BWW News Desk on March 27, 2017 in St. Louis

It's the chance of a lifetime for musicians all across Greater St. Louis, as famed Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Gene Simmons and Wizard World seek an outstanding local band to open for 'Wizard World: An Evening with Gene Simmons and His Band,' Saturday, April 8, beginning at 7 p.m. The concert will take place at The Pageant (6161 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis), and will be held in conjunction with Wizard World Comic Con St. Louis taking place that weekend at America's Center. (more...)
BWW Review: The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis Rocks the House with MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET BWW Review: The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis Rocks the House with MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET
by Chris Gibson on March 27, 2017 in St. Louis

I've seen MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET several times, and I've always enjoyed the experience, even though it's a heavily fictionalized version of the day four music icons gathered in the studio that started their careers. If you've ever heard the original recordings that were made you know that Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash gathered around the piano (which Elvis played) and sang familiar gospel tunes. But, Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux (both contributed to the book, which came from Mutrux's original concept) use the reunion as a way to tell the story of Sun studios, and in particular, Sam Phillips, while generously sprinkling in some great music and a number of actual facts along the way. The result is a show that gives you what you really wanted; the opportunity to see these cats rock out together. The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis closes their 50th anniversary season with an amazing production of this jukebox musical. I've honestly never heard it sound as good as it does here, and some of the arrangements seem to have been tweaked a bit too. Truly a fabulous way to close a monumentally fine season. (more...)
Now Playing Onstage in St. Louis - Week of 3/26/2017 Now Playing Onstage in St. Louis - Week of 3/26/2017
by BWW on March 26, 2017 in St. Louis

Upcoming Shows - Week of 3/26/2017 for St. Louis (more...)
BWW Feature: Broadway Couple Amy Spanger and Brian Shepard Launch MARRIED TO BROADWAY Masterclass Tour BWW Feature: Broadway Couple Amy Spanger and Brian Shepard Launch MARRIED TO BROADWAY Masterclass Tour
by Kyle Christopher West on March 25, 2017 in St. Louis

Between their two lofty resumes, Broadway husband-and-wife duo Amy Spanger and Brian Shepard have a grand total of 15 Broadway credits to their names. Adding in their multiple film/TV credits and cast recordings, the phrase 'triple threat' couldn't be a better fit to define their talents. And with the skills they've honed on 'the boards,' the couple is eager to support the next generation of Broadway gypsies through their new training program: 'Married to Broadway.' (more...)
HAMILTON Dates Announced at Fabulous Fox Theatre, Full Season HAMILTON Dates Announced at Fabulous Fox Theatre, Full Season
by BWW News Desk on March 25, 2017 in St. Louis

The Fabulous Fox Theatre announces an incredible season of St. Louis premiers and classic musicals in the 2017-2018 U.S. Bank Broadway Series. The season will include the previously announced HAMILTON making its Fox Theatre debut April 3-22, 2018 for a limited three-week engagement. (more...)
MEN ARE FROM MARS, WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS LIVE Makes Triumphant Return To The Playhouse MEN ARE FROM MARS, WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS LIVE Makes Triumphant Return To The Playhouse
by BWW News Desk on March 24, 2017 in St. Louis

Produced by Emery Entertainment, MEN ARE FROM MARS-WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS LIVE! will make a triumphant return to the Playhouse @ Westport Plaza April 19 - May 7. The Off-Broadway hit is a light-hearted theatrical comedy based on the New York Times #1 best-selling book of the last decade by John Gray. Moving swiftly through a series of vignettes, the one-man fusion of theatre and stand-up covers everything from dating and marriage to the bedroom. Tickets may be purchased through MetroTix at www.metrotix.com or by calling 314/534-1111.  Additionally, tickets will be available at the Playhouse @ Westport Plaza box office one hour prior to show time. All seats are $50. (more...)
Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our Broadway World - 3/24; SPRING AWAKENING in Maine, A RAISIN IN THE SUN in Charlotte and More! Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our Broadway World - 3/24; SPRING AWAKENING in Maine, A RAISIN IN THE SUN in Charlotte and More!
by BWW Special Coverage on March 24, 2017 in St. Louis

BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature SPRING AWAKENING in Maine, A RAISIN IN THE SUN in Charlotte, and BUS STOP in Denver, just to name a few. Check out our top features below! (more...)
Rebel and Misfits Brings SEX WITH STRANGERS to St. Louis Rebel and Misfits Brings SEX WITH STRANGERS to St. Louis
by BWW News Desk on March 22, 2017 in St. Louis

Rebel and Misfits Productions is thrilled to announce 'Sex with Strangers,' its first project in a new series called 'An Intimate Theatre Project.' The provocative and timely play comes from Laura Eason (House of Cards) and will be directed by New York City's Michelle Bossy. The event runs March 30 through April 15 at a private home in the Central West End (4632 McPherson Avenue). Starting nightly at 8pm, each performance will seat a small, intimate audience of approximately 50 people. (more...)
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL Opens Tonight at the Fabulous Fox! MOTOWN THE MUSICAL Opens Tonight at the Fabulous Fox!
by BWW News Desk on March 21, 2017 in St. Louis

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL's tour embarked on its third year at the Smith Center in Las Vegas, nearly 58 years to day that Motown Records was founded. The music of Motown began bringing people together back in 1959, reaching men and women of different cultures, religion, ethnicity and ages, and has provided a message of hope and healing ever since. (more...)
Tony Bennett to Bring His Legendary Charm to Fabulous Fox Theatre This June Tony Bennett to Bring His Legendary Charm to Fabulous Fox Theatre This June
by BWW News Desk on March 20, 2017 in St. Louis

Fox Concerts presents TONY BENNETT, the 19-time Grammy Award-winning musician whose music spans over six decades on Wednesday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Fabulous Fox Theatre. (more...)
Now Playing Onstage in St. Louis - Week of 3/19/2017 Now Playing Onstage in St. Louis - Week of 3/19/2017
by BWW on March 19, 2017 in St. Louis

Upcoming Shows - Week of 3/19/2017 for St. Louis (more...)
BWW Review: The New Jewish Theatre's Taut and Intense NEVER THE SINNER BWW Review: The New Jewish Theatre's Taut and Intense NEVER THE SINNER
by Chris Gibson on March 18, 2017 in St. Louis

Like a lot of writer John Logan's works NEVER THE SINNER explores the darker side of humanity. It was his first play, but you wouldn't know it by the intensity it spawns as its tale unfolds. The New Jewish Theatre is presenting a taut production of this piece which focuses our attention on Leopold and Loeb, the teenage purveyors of the 'crime of the century' in the early 1920's. It's a well crafted and dramatic show that only breaks the palpable tension that's been building in the air for an intermission about half way through it. What makes this story particularly timely, in my estimation, is that these two 'kids' became enamored with Nietzche's idea of there being 'supermen' who are above the law due to their supposed superiority. That's a drastic simplification of the concept as a whole, but the point is that we can still see this type of thinking in the current world we live in. This is a show that's definitely worthy of your time and attention. (more...)
Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our Broadway World - 3/17; RAGTIME in D.C., HAMILTON Parody in Chicago, SWSX and More! Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our Broadway World - 3/17; RAGTIME in D.C., HAMILTON Parody in Chicago, SWSX and More!
by BWW Special Coverage on March 17, 2017 in St. Louis

BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature RAGTIME at Ford's Theatre, SPAMILTON in Chicago, SWSX coverage in Austin and more. Check out our top features below! (more...)
BWW Review: The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis Scores a Knockout with THE ROYALE BWW Review: The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis Scores a Knockout with THE ROYALE
by Chris Gibson on March 15, 2017 in St. Louis

The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis always provides amazing, intimate, and innovative shows for their Studio Theatre season, and playwright Marco Ramirez' THE ROYALE is certainly no exception. This is fiercely creative work that features some sonic embellishment that provides a literal pulse to the proceedings. And, even though gloves never touch an opponent's flesh during the play, you'll feel the intensity of the sport of boxing come alive in a powerful way that will move you. The play takes the idea of a rising African American boxer at the turn of the last century (think Jack Johnson), and thus, when segregation was in place, and then gives it a twist. It's masterfully done. In fact, it's a knockout! (more...)
Direct from Bollywood, Dance St. Louis Presents TAJ EXPRESS: THE BOLLYWOOD MUSICAL REVUE Direct from Bollywood, Dance St. Louis Presents TAJ EXPRESS: THE BOLLYWOOD MUSICAL REVUE
by BWW News Desk on March 14, 2017 in St. Louis

Dance St. Louis, the Midwest's leading dance presenter, continues its 2016-17 season with the presentation of 'Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical Revue' for three performances at the Touhill Performing Arts Center on March 31 - April 1. (more...)
Youth Theatre Company Kicks Off New Space and New Arts Opportunities With Lin-Manuel Miranda's IN THE HEIGHTS Youth Theatre Company Kicks Off New Space and New Arts Opportunities With Lin-Manuel Miranda's IN THE HEIGHTS
by BWW News Desk on March 13, 2017 in St. Louis

Gateway Center for Performing Arts' Youth Theatre Company will conclude its 2016-2017 Mainstage Season with Tony Award-winning In The Heights, featuring music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the Broadway hip hop sensation Hamilton. In The Heights performs at Central Visual and Performing Arts High School, 3125 S. Kingshighway Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63139, April 7th-9th. (more...)
Stray Dog Theatre to Present SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET Stray Dog Theatre to Present SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET
by BWW News Desk on March 13, 2017 in St. Louis

A macabre musical tells the tale of Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, who returns to London seeking vengeance. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, proprietress of a failing pie shop, whose luck improves when the demon barbers thirst for blood inspires a new ingredient for her meat pies. Londoners start queuing up for a taste of her unique delectable treats! (more...)
Now Playing Onstage in St. Louis - Week of 3/12/2017 Now Playing Onstage in St. Louis - Week of 3/12/2017
by BWW on March 12, 2017 in St. Louis

Upcoming Shows - Week of 3/12/2017 for St. Louis (more...)
BWW Review: New Line Theatre's ZORBA Exhibits Zest for Life BWW Review: New Line Theatre's ZORBA Exhibits Zest for Life
by Chris Gibson on March 09, 2017 in St. Louis

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...)
USITT Announces 2017 Architecture Award Winners USITT Announces 2017 Architecture Award Winners
by BWW News Desk on March 10, 2017 in St. Louis

USITT's 2017 Architecture Awards feature three top honor award winners this year: Maltz Performing Arts Center at Case Western Reserve University, The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts at Queen's University, and Writers Theatre in Glencoe, Illinois. (more...)
Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our Broadway World - 3/10; THE NETHER in Rhode Island, THE LAST FIVE YEARS in Orlando and More! Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our Broadway World - 3/10; THE NETHER in Rhode Island, THE LAST FIVE YEARS in Orlando and More!
by BWW Special Coverage on March 10, 2017 in St. Louis

BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature THE NETHER in Rhode Island, THE LAST FIVE YEARS in Orlando, and STOREFRONT CHURCH in Phoenix, just to name a few. Check out our top features below! (more...)
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL Resident Shows Division Receives USITT Award CIRQUE DU SOLEIL Resident Shows Division Receives USITT Award
by BWW News Desk on March 08, 2017 in St. Louis

The Resident Shows Division of Cirque du Soleil received the Institute's highest honor, the USITT Award, at USITT 2017. (more...)
That Uppity Theatre Company's BRIEFS Festival to Support Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis That Uppity Theatre Company's BRIEFS Festival to Support Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis
by BWW News Desk on March 09, 2017 in St. Louis

That Uppity Theatre Company and the Vital Voice are both known as advocates for inclusion and for using their organizations as platforms to promote diversity. This year, the Briefs team is focusing on The Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis and The International Institute of St. Louis. (more...)
USITT Names 10 Rising Theatre Artists for 2017 Young Designers & Technicians Awards USITT Names 10 Rising Theatre Artists for 2017 Young Designers & Technicians Awards
by BWW News Desk on March 09, 2017 in St. Louis

USITT will recognize 10 young technical theatre artists with its 2017 Young Designers & Technicians Awards in the performing arts. (more...)