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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...)
BWW Review: ATOMIC Triumphs at New Line Theatre BWW Review: ATOMIC Triumphs at New Line Theatre
by Chris Gibson - June 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... (more...)
BWW DVD Review: Severin Film's Amazing THAT'S SEXPLOITATION! BWW DVD Review: Severin Film's Amazing THAT'S SEXPLOITATION!
by Chris Gibson - June 02, 2016

In the grand tradition of MGM's classic That's Entertainment! (parts 1&2) comes the latest release from Severin Films called That's Sexploitation!, which takes us on a journey from silent cinema up to the 1970's when hardcore XXX films rendered them passe. It's a mind-bending excursion into over 2 h... (more...)
BWW Review: MACBETH - The Dark Tale Shines Bright at OTSL! BWW Review: MACBETH - The Dark Tale Shines Bright at OTSL!
by Steve Callahan - May 31, 2016

Opera Theatre of St. Louis continues its forty-first season with another remarkably fine production-Verdi's Macbeth.... (more...)
BWW Review: Delightful and Charming YENTL at The New Jewish Theatre BWW Review: Delightful and Charming YENTL at The New Jewish Theatre
by Chris Gibson - May 24, 2016

Apparently, due to legal issues with rights that had to be worked out, this version of YENTL, based on the short story "Yentl, the Yeshiva Boy" written by Isaac Bashevis Singer (book by Leah Napolin and Singer), cannot be referred to in its title as a musical. It all has to do with Barbra Streisand'... (more...)
BWW Reviews:  Opera Theatre of St. Louis delights with 'La boheme' BWW Reviews: Opera Theatre of St. Louis delights with 'La boheme'
by Steve Callahan - May 23, 2016

OTSL has opened a delicious 'La boheme'.... (more...)
BWW Review: Lively and Hilarious BULLETS OVER BROADWAY at The Peabody Opera House BWW Review: Lively and Hilarious BULLETS OVER BROADWAY at The Peabody Opera House
by Chris Gibson - May 06, 2016

If you think about it, BULLETS OVER BROADWAY is the perfect Woody Allen film to turn into a Broadway musical, especially since it pokes fun at the process of producing one. Add some particularly well drawn characters (book by Allen, based on the original screenplay written with Douglas McGrath) and ... (more...)
BWW Review: Upstream Theater's Truly Special THE GLASS MENAGERIE BWW Review: Upstream Theater's Truly Special THE GLASS MENAGERIE
by Chris Gibson - May 06, 2016

I've always appreciated live stagings of THE GLASS MENAGERIE far more than the attempts by Hollywood to turn it into a film. They always spoil it by messing with the ending. It's a melancholy slice of playwright Tennessee Williams' life, albeit, one that bears more than a slight resemblance, but whi... (more...)
BWW Review: Undeniably Tuneful THE SOUND OF MUSIC at The Fox Theatre BWW Review: Undeniably Tuneful THE SOUND OF MUSIC at The Fox Theatre
by Chris Gibson - April 29, 2016

Rodgers and Hammerstein's THE SOUND OF MUSIC is still popular today, and there's really no need to wonder why. The songs are undeniably familiar, and the story and characters go through a number of compelling moments. However, it does require a good, solid cast and sharp direction to live up to the ... (more...)
BWW Review: St. Louis Actors' Studio's Amusing IVANOV BWW Review: St. Louis Actors' Studio's Amusing IVANOV
by Chris Gibson - April 29, 2016

IVANOV is a formative work in the canon of Anton Chekhov. He was presenting us with the situations and character types we'd come to know and understand, but with the lack of irony that often permeates his material. The St. Louis Actors' Studio has put together a splendid evening of entertainment wit... (more...)
BWW Review: Harrowing TWISTED MELODIES at The Black Rep BWW Review: Harrowing TWISTED MELODIES at The Black Rep
by Chris Gibson - April 29, 2016

Donny Hathaway is the very definition of 'tortured genius', a singer/songwriter with velvety pipes, and melodies that were both memorable and timeless. Just listen to the gritty truths he expresses on his breakthrough tune, 'The Ghetto (pt. 1)', or his collaborations with Roberta Flack, particularly... (more...)






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