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BWW Review: OTSL and Alarm Will Sound Present Harrowing THE HUNGER at the Touhill BWW Review: OTSL and Alarm Will Sound Present Harrowing THE HUNGER at the Touhill
by Chris Gibson - September 21, 2016

I attended the world premiere of THE HUNGER, a new operatic work by Donnacha Dennehy in collaboration with the group Alarm Will Sound, and co-produced by Opera Theatre of St. Louis this weekend, and I was blown away by how affecting and compelling this 90 minute piece is. It's a multi-media exercise... (more...)
BWW Review: Stunning FOLLIES at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis BWW Review: Stunning FOLLIES at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis
by Chris Gibson - September 20, 2016

While I was watching FOLLIES, I was reminded of our own beloved Fox Theatre, and how it had tread a similar path during the 1970's. Like the fictional Weismann Theatre where this story's action takes place, it had been fallen on hard times, reduced to screening Kung-Fu and exploitation film fare bef... (more...)
BWW Review: A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER is Great Fun at The Fox Theatre BWW Review: A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER is Great Fun at The Fox Theatre
by Chris Gibson - September 19, 2016

So, this was my first time seeing A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER, and as the plot began to unfold, I was struck by its similarity to a film I saw many years before. Growing up I remember watching selections from the Janus Films collection on my local PBS station (KETC, channel 9 in St. Louis),... (more...)
BWW Review: STAGES St. Louis' Inspirational SISTER ACT BWW Review: STAGES St. Louis' Inspirational SISTER ACT
by Chris Gibson - September 19, 2016

STAGES St. Louis closes their 30th season with SISTER ACT, a musical based on the hit 1992 film of the same name, although this might actually be more entertaining in a lot of ways. Having seen a touring production a few years back, I was a bit concerned about some of the rougher edges that the show... (more...)
BWW Review: New Line Theatre's Superb TELL ME ON A SUNDAY BWW Review: New Line Theatre's Superb TELL ME ON A SUNDAY
by Chris Gibson - August 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'... (more...)
BWW Review: It's Fine and Memorable, No DOUBT About It BWW Review: It's Fine and Memorable, No DOUBT About It
by Steve Callahan - August 23, 2016

Christine Brewer stars in 'DOUBT' at Union Avenue Opera.... (more...)
BWW Review: The MUNY Closes with Exceptional AIDA BWW Review: The MUNY Closes with Exceptional AIDA
by Chris Gibson - August 11, 2016

On a beautiful summer evening, under a half moon sky, and with a gentle breeze wafting through the air, nothing could compare to seeing the final show of the season at The MUNY. They close with yet another stellar selection that's filled with flair and grace. This was especially important and eviden... (more...)
BWW Review: The MUNY's Wonderfully Special Production of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF BWW Review: The MUNY's Wonderfully Special Production of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
by Chris Gibson - August 04, 2016

Set during a period of great turmoil just prior to the Russian revolution (1905), FIDDLER ON THE ROOF is a joyous celebration of life in times of uncertainty. Most versions I've seen have been scaled down considerably, focusing on the more intimate scenes. That's certainly not the case here. The MUN... (more...)
BWW Review: Passions Blaze in Union Avenue's TOSCA BWW Review: Passions Blaze in Union Avenue's TOSCA
by Steve Callahan - August 02, 2016

The Union Avenue Opera just keeps presenting wonders! Their current production, Puccini's 'Tosca', is among the very best of their best-musically, vocally and in production values.... (more...)
BWW Review: STAGES St. Louis' Uproariously Funny THE DROWSY CHAPERONE BWW Review: STAGES St. Louis' Uproariously Funny THE DROWSY CHAPERONE
by Chris Gibson - July 29, 2016

You say that you're feeling a little blue, or maybe just experiencing some 'non-specific' sadness? Then a sure cure for your condition can be found by attending STAGES St. Louis' scintillating presentation of THE DROWSY CHAPERONE. This is an incredible and uproariously funny show that pokes gentle f... (more...)
BWW Review: St. Louis Actors' Studio's Intriguing LABUTE NEW THEATER FESTIVAL BWW Review: St. Louis Actors' Studio's Intriguing LABUTE NEW THEATER FESTIVAL
by Chris Gibson - July 26, 2016

We're so lucky to have the privilege of having the St. Louis Actors' Studio present the Labute New Theater Festival each year. Submissions come from around the country, are whittled down to a few, and then presented in two parts, with each section receiving a full two week run. In addition, there ar... (more...)
BWW Review: The MUNY's Marvelous MAMMA MIA! BWW Review: The MUNY's Marvelous MAMMA MIA!
by Chris Gibson - July 25, 2016

I've seen MAMMA MIA! many times, and I've always enjoyed the way it utilizes so many of ABBA's marvelously catchy, and so obviously theatrical in nature, tunes to tell its simple story. With the band cranking out a righteous sound, and back up singers filling the night air with harmony, The MUNY rem... (more...)
BWW Review: First Run Theater's Engaging TRICK AND ANOTONIA BWW Review: First Run Theater's Engaging TRICK AND ANOTONIA
by Chris Gibson - July 19, 2016

I did some creative work for First Run Theater during their early years, underscoring some shows, and even directing a couple of one acts. I admired the fact that they provided a testing ground, a full staging, of works by local playwrights. That's an opportunity that goes far beyond a staged readin... (more...)
BWW Review: The MUNY's Hilarious Production of YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN BWW Review: The MUNY's Hilarious Production of YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN
by Chris Gibson - July 17, 2016

I grew up looking forward to the weekend, because that's when channel 30 would broadcast 'Chiller Theater', providing a burgeoning horror fan like myself with the chance to view all the creepy classics that sprang from the loins of Universal Studios during the 1930's and 40's. I was a preteen when Y... (more...)
BWW Review: Max & Louie Productions' Incredible GREY GARDENS BWW Review: Max & Louie Productions' Incredible GREY GARDENS
by Chris Gibson - July 15, 2016

If you've seen the Maysles brother's documentaries GREY GARDENS and THE BEALES OF GREY GARDENS (which are actually collaborative efforts between David & Albert Maysles,Ellen Hovde, Muffie Mayer & Susan Froemke) then you have to see Max and Louie Productions' brilliant staging of the musical based up... (more...)
BWW Review: The MUNY's Charming Production of THE MUSIC MAN BWW Review: The MUNY's Charming Production of THE MUSIC MAN
by Chris Gibson - July 14, 2016

Meredith Willson's classic musical, THE MUSIC MAN, gets a lively and engaging workout on the stage of The MUNY. It's a show near and dear to my heart since I played the lead in a high school production many moons ago. It's also why I especially wanted my son to see it. Happily, he thoroughly enjoyed... (more...)
BWW Review: Union Avenue Opera turns THE MIKADO 'Topsey Turvey' BWW Review: Union Avenue Opera turns THE MIKADO 'Topsey Turvey'
by Steve Callahan - July 13, 2016

A simply splendid production of 'The Mikado' has opened at the Union Avenue Opera in St. Louis.... (more...)
BWW Review: The MUNY'S Spectacular 42ND STREET BWW Review: The MUNY'S Spectacular 42ND STREET
by Chris Gibson - July 09, 2016

If you missed The Muny's production of 42nd STREET, you missed a show that was an absolutely perfect fit for the wide open spaces its stage presents. The original Warner Bros. 1933 pre-production code film was a blend of behind the scenes melodrama and onstage eye-candy. It gave depression era audie... (more...)
BWW Review: STAGES St. Louis' Terrific Production of DISNEY'S ALICE IN WONDERLAND BWW Review: STAGES St. Louis' Terrific Production of DISNEY'S ALICE IN WONDERLAND
by Chris Gibson - June 23, 2016

Every year you can count on STAGES St. Louis to produce a wonderful season of musicals, and you can always be sure there will be something for the younger set in the schedule as well. And,they make sure that the same care and professionalism goes into the production of each and every show, no matter... (more...)
BWW Review: ARIADNE ON NAXOS Balances Wondrously Between Classic Beauty and Parody BWW Review: ARIADNE ON NAXOS Balances Wondrously Between Classic Beauty and Parody
by Steve Callahan - June 18, 2016

'ARIADNE ON NAXOS' balances wondrously between classic beauty and parody.... (more...)
BWW Review: Shakespeare Festival St. Louis' Fantastic A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM BWW Review: Shakespeare Festival St. Louis' Fantastic A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
by Chris Gibson - June 18, 2016

It's always fun to take in the many treats available at Shakespeare Festival St. Louis each year in Forest Park, and I'm not just talking about the food and drink stands, but also all the performers, mini-versions of the show, etc, that take place before the main attraction begins (arrive early). An... (more...)
BWW Review: THE WIZARD OF OZ Wows at The MUNY BWW Review: THE WIZARD OF OZ Wows at The MUNY
by Chris Gibson - June 17, 2016

THE WIZARD OF OZ opens The MUNY's 98th season this year, and it's a lively and colorful production that provides an enjoyable experience for kids of all ages. This is an excellent presentation of one of The MUNY's most beloved shows, filled with fine performances and enough action to keep even the t... (more...)
BWW Review: STAGES St. Louis' Wonderfully Funny IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU BWW Review: STAGES St. Louis' Wonderfully Funny IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU
by Chris Gibson - June 15, 2016

STAGES St. Louis celebrates their 30th year with a very funny musical that deserved a much better fate that the short run it had on Broadway, IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU. A play of sorts on the old song 'It Had to be You', this work is difficult to describe simply because there are so many farcical twists a... (more...)
BWW Review: Circus Flora's PASTIME is a Real HIT! BWW Review: Circus Flora's PASTIME is a Real HIT!
by Chris Gibson - June 14, 2016

It's that time of year again! Yes, right before it's officially Summer, our own town's one-ring circus pops up the big top behind Powell Symphony Hall. Circus Flora is a local tradition, and this years' presentation, PASTIME, also touches on another St. Louis tradition; baseball. It's a delightful m... (more...)
BWW Review: Opera Theatre of St. Louis Offers a Powerful World Premiere of SHALIMAR THE CLOWN BWW Review: Opera Theatre of St. Louis Offers a Powerful World Premiere of SHALIMAR THE CLOWN
by Steve Callahan - June 14, 2016

Salman Rushdie's tale of love and vengeance becomes a powerful opera in this commissioned work at Opera Theatre of St. Louis.... (more...)






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