THE BRASS MENAGERIE Announced At Curtain Call Lounge, Beginning May 31

Tennessee Williams St. Louis' The Brass Menagerie is a campy romp through the women of Tennessee Williams… in SONG!

Review: TREEMONISHA at Opera Theatre Of Saint Louis

Tennesee Williams St. Louis presents The Brass Menagerie, starring Amy Jo Jackson runs May 31 through June 1 at 7:30 PM at The Curtain Call Lounge (521 N. Grand, St. Louis 63103).

Tennessee Williams St. Louis' The Brass Menagerie is a campy romp through the women of Tennessee Williams... in SONG! If you've ever wondered what it would be like to hear Blanche DuBois, Maggie the Cat or the Wingfields sing through their plays, wonder no longer - Amy Jo Jackson is here to bring all of the charm and vivacity, vivacity and charm that the South demands to these iconic women. Whether you're familiar with the works of Tennessee or not, you'll enjoy this ridiculous lark of a concert, taking you through such plays as A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Summer and Smoke, The Rose Tattoo, and many more, mashed up with the classic songs of the musical theatre canon. With Brian Nash on the keys, prepare yourselves for an evening of strong drinks, strong accents, and even stronger choices.

Amy Jo Jackson is a performer, playwright, composer/lyricist and glitter alien based in New York City. They are the recipient of a 2023 EST/Sloan Commission for Grace/Bliss, and were a 2022 finalist for the Jonathan Larson Grant. AJJ's original musical Hatchetation was one of two musicals selected for the National Music Theater Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in 2021, and has also been developed through She-Collective, Untitled Musical Project, and Fresh Ground Pepper's PAL program Her acclaimed solo cabaret The Brass Menagerie was commissioned in 2019 by the Denovan Fellowship in Cabaret, and was the recipient of a 2022 Bistro Award. As an actor, Amy Jo has performed with Company XIV, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Exit Pursued by a Bear, Prospect, Syracuse Stage, Arkansas Rep, Theatre Works Hartford, and many more. Their work as a kabarettist and nightlife artist has found them on just about every cabaret and comedy stage in NYC: Company XIV, 54 Below, Joe's Pub, Green Room 42, (le) Poisson Rouge, Little Island, the Cutting Room, the Slipper Room, the Bell House, Club Cumming, and many unfortunate basements. As a dialect coach, they've worked extensively in NYC and regionally, most notably on Broadway's Kinky Boots. BFA Boston Conservatory.


Winners Revealed For The St. Louis High School Musical Theatre Awards Photo
Winners Revealed For The St. Louis High School Musical Theatre Awards

The St. Louis High School Musical Theatre Awards winners were announced Friday, May 26 at the Fabulous Fox Theatre.

Interview: Luis Salgado of AIDA at STAGES St. Louis In The Ross Family Theater At The Kirk Photo
Interview: Luis Salgado of AIDA at STAGES St. Louis In The Ross Family Theater At The Kirkwood Performing Arts Center

Last year, Luis Salgado directed and choreographed IN THE HEIGHTS at STAGES St. Louis. It was among the most critically acclaimed productions of the year in St. Louis. His production was recognized with 11 St. Louis Critics Circle nominations and six wins including Outstanding Production, Outstanding Ensemble and Outstanding Choreography. This year, Salgado returns to STAGES St. Louis to direct and choreograph AIDA which opens on Wednesday, June 7th in the Ross Family Theatre at the Kirkwood Performing Arts Center. Broadway World had the opportunity to sit down today to talk with Salgado about the production, his creative team, and who has influenced him to become the powerhouse director and choreographer he has become.

Review: A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM at The Marcelle Theatre Photo

New Line Theatre’s production of A FUNNY THING HAPPENS ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM succeeds due to Scott Miller’s directorial vision and the comedic timing of Miller’s strong cast. There are plenty of laughs in the First Act, but the second act builds to a crescendo of complete hilarity. Miller’s blocking and the actors’ execution of  the Second Act chase scene is downright madcap. Ann Hier Brown’s delivery of “That Dirty Old Man,” Kent Coffel and Chris Moore’s delivery of “Lovely,” and the Company’s collaboration on “Funeral Sequence” keeps the audience laughing nonstop following the intermission. The remaining cast Jason Blackburn, Danny Brown, Gary Cox, Robert Doyle, Nathan Hakenewerth, Brittany Kohl Hester, Aarin Kamphoefner, Ian McCreary and Sarah Wilkinson rely on their deadpan delivery and comedic timing to deliver big laughs throughout the show.

Review: GLORIA: A LIFE at Wool Sutdio Theatre Photo
Review: GLORIA: A LIFE at Wool Sutdio Theatre

Jenni Ryan gives a magnificent performance as Steinem. She paints Steinem with human vulnerability. Her characterization elicits audience empathy as she exposes the incertitude Steinem experienced in her early work. Ryan illustrates Steinem finding her voice and ultimately demonstrates Steinem’s maturation to a confident activist who raises issues without fear. It is commendable that Ryan stepped into the role just a week before opening night due to a last-minute casting change and delivered a solid performance.

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