Now Playing Onstage in St. Louis - Week of 9/20/2018

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SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD
KIRKSVILLE PARKS AND RECREATION
9/13-9/22/2018

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INTO THE WOODS
Debut Theatre Company
9/22-9/22/2018

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FOREVER PLAID
ROBIDOUX RESIDENT THEATRE
9/21-9/23/2018

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MAMMA MIA!
CULVER STOCKTON COLLEGE
9/20-9/23/2018

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DISNEY'S HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2
SIKESTON LITTLE THEATRE, INC
8/17-9/26/2018

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LERNER AND LOEWE'S MY FAIR LADY
MUSICAL THEATER HERITAGE
9/13-9/30/2018

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LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
MISSOURI BAPTIST UNIVERSITY
9/27-9/30/2018

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WEST SIDE STORY
LYRIC OPERA OF KANSAS CITY
9/22-9/30/2018

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Love Never Dies in Broadway LOVE NEVER DIES
Fox Theatre
9/18-9/30/2018
The year is 1907. It is 10 years after his disappearance from the Paris Opera House and the Phantom has escaped to a new life in New York where he lives amongst the screaming joy rides and freak-shows of Coney Island. In this new electrically-charged world, he has finally found a place for his music to soar. All that is missing is his love – Christine Daae. Now one of the world’s finest sopranos, Christine is struggling in an ailing marriage to Raoul. So, it is with excitement she accepts an invitation to travel to New York and perform at a renowned opera house. In a final bid to win back her love, the Phantom lures Christine, her husband, and their young son Gustave from Manhattan; to the glittering and glorious world of Coney Island… not knowing what is in store for them….
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SEUSSICAL JR
STRAY DOG THEATRE
9/1-10/1/2018

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Oklahoma in Broadway OKLAHOMA
Stages St. Louis
9/7-10/7/2018
OKLAHOMA! completely changed the face of American musical theatre over 70 years ago, and remains as fresh and vital today as it was then. A stunning blend of drama, music, and dance, the exhilarating Rodgers and Hammerstein score contains such classics as “People Will Say We’re In Love,” “The Surrey With The Fringe On Top,” “I Cain’t Say No,” and more!
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FOREVER PLAID
ROBIDOUX RESIDENT THEATRE
9/28-10/7/2018

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NEWSIES
SPRINGFIELD LITTLE THEATRE AT THE LANDERS
9/14-10/7/2018

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AIN'T MISBEHAVIN'
THE BLACK REPERTORY THEATRE OF KANSAS CITY
9/20-10/14/2018

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Now Playing Onstage in St. Louis - Week of 9/20/2018 "CHEF"
Kranzberg Arts Center
9/28-10/14/2018
Upstream Theater is excited to present the US premiere of the award-winning CHEF by UK/Egyptian playwright and poet Sabrina Mahfouz—the gripping story of how one woman went from being a haute-cuisine head chef to a convicted inmate running a prison kitchen. Leading us through her world of mouth-watering dishes and heart-breaking memories, Chef questions our attitudes to food, prisoners, violence, love and hope.
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The Zombies of Penzance at New Line Theatre in Broadway THE ZOMBIES OF PENZANCE AT NEW LINE THEATRE
New Line Theatre
9/27-10/20/2018
Gilbert & Sullivan's long-lost, original "operatic abomination," in its wacky world premiere! New Line Theatre, “the bad boy of musical theatre,” has shocked the music world by discovering a long-lost first draft by the legendary British team of librettist W.S. Gilbert and composer Arthur Sullivan, who together wrote fourteen comic operas between 1871 and 1896. One of the team's best known works, The Pirates of Penzance, originally debuted in New York in 1879, and was revived to great success in the early 1980s with Kevin Kline, Linda Ronstadt, and Rex Smith. What we now know is that there was an earlier, stranger draft of the show, which nobody knew about until now, with most of the same characters but a somewhat different plot. In Gilbert & Sullivan's never-before seen original draft, dated December 1878 and titled The Zombies of Penzance (with the unwieldy subtitle, At Night Come the Flesh Eaters), Major-General Stanley is a retired zombie hunter, who doesn't want his daughters marrying the dreaded Zombies of Penzance (for obvious reasons). According to documents found with the manuscripts, Gilbert and Sullivan finished work on The Zombies of Penzance in early 1879, but their producer Richard D’Oyly-Carte refused to produce it, calling it vulgar, impolitic, and unchristian, and in one letter, "an operatic abomination, an obscene foray into the darkest of the occult arts." In a letter to his cousin, Gilbert expressed his deep disappointment, writing "I fear the walking dead shall be the end of me yet." Until now, music scholars had been baffled by that reference. After a battle that almost ended the partnership, the team reluctantly agreed to rewrite their show, and in December 1879, D'Oyly-Carte debuted the much more conventional, revised version, The Pirates of Penzance, for which Gilbert added the characters of Ruth and the policemen, and incorporated plot devices from his 1870 work Our Island Home and from Offenbach’s The Bandits. He also cut one song, Frederic's Act I lament, “They Leave Me Alone.” The music for that discarded song found its way into the score for their next show Patience, as the song "I Cannot Tell What This Love May Be.” As he had agreed, Gilbert eliminated all references to zombism in the show. In 2013, New Line artistic director Scott Miller discovered the original manuscripts for The Zombies of Penzance in the second sub-basement of the Judson Memorial Church in New York, hidden beneath some moldy band parts from Rockabye Hamlet and Shogun the Musical, and Miller set about reconstructing the bizarre original show as G&S intended. Gilbert's walking dead and their Zombie King now make their long-delayed world premiere. Miller has painstakingly reassembled these rediscovered materials into their original form, and St. Louis composer and orchestrator John Gerdes is reconstructing Sullivan's music. Now, for the first time, audiences will be able to see and hear the comic, flesh-eating insanity Gilbert & Sullivan originally wrought. The New Line cast includes Sean Michael as Frederic, Melissa Felps as Mabel, Zachay Allen Farmer as Major General Stanley, Dominic Dowdy-Windsor as the Zombie King, with Mara Bollini, Kent Coffel, Kevin Corpuz, Robert Doyle, Matt Hill, Lindsey Jones, Tim Kaniecki, Kyle Kelesoma, Melanie Kozak, Sarah Porter, Christina Rios, Kimi Short, and Gage Seitz. The show will be directed by Scott Miller and Mike Dowdy-Windsor, with music direction by Nicolas Valdez, lighting design by Rob Lippert, scenic design by Kenneth Zinkl, costume design by Sarah Porter, and sound design by Ryan Day.
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