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I was worried about how The Muny was going to handle Kander and Ebb's “Chicago”, a musical that seems to be more suited to a smoky, intimate, dangerous jazz club in 1920's Chicago.

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Rudyard Kipling, unofficial poet laureate of the British Raj, wrote a series of stories – moral fables, really – featuring anthropomorphized animals of India, plus the occasional human, that he called The Jungle Book. Its popularity has never waned for more than a century, and the stories have been adapted in multiple medias, in whole and in part, multiple times.

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First Run Theatre’s production of Brooklyn Bagatelle by Neville Mur was a powerful dramatic comedy about the Marr family and the generational conflicts that take place within.

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As some of you may know, I got my start in show biz in my teen years as a magician. I performed with a local variety troupe, joined the Society of American Magicians, and even got a trophy at an SAM convention for my comedy card act.

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“The Artist’s Art” is really two experiences in one. For the first twenty minutes, you’re invited to create some art of your own.

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Joshua Cook’s comedy “Osgood Rex” takes the classic tale of “Oedipus Rex”—or at least its outline—and drops it into the two-dimensional world of a classic black and white cartoon.

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The St. Louis MUNY’s 94th season has opened fresh and bright in many theatrical aspects with the energetic Thoroughly Modern Millie. The stage musical was based on a 1968 film musical of the same name, but with a lot of the plot and music replaced. It won the TONY for Best Musical in 2002.

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What three things do you need for a fun night out (in my opinion)? Theatre, toddies and tenpins - and that's exactly what you get at OnSite's “Bowling Epiphany - The Revival”.

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Given the consistently high quality of their work, it’s somewhat surprising that the songwriting team of John Kander and Fred Ebb hasn’t had more hit shows.

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Congratulations are in order for the orchestra, chorus, and the wonderful cast of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis's "Alice in Wonderland", and especially for soprano Ashley Emerson as Alice.

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The Damask Cheek is almost the quintessential ACT Inc. play. Actor's Creative Theatre Inc., to give the company its full name, looks, they say, for “obscure 'theatrical gems'” and “plays that have true literary merit yet are rarely produced.” They are often “drawing room plays” and often by British playwrights.

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"Ain’t Misbehavin’" - 2 little words, 5 little syllables conjuring up Fats Waller’s vibrant songbook.

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High fidelity (noun): the reproduction of an effect (as sound or an image) that is very faithful to the original.

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Would we still be doing "Cosi fan Tutte" if it didn't have music by Mozart? Sure, Da Ponte’s libretto has a cynical modern edge, but its casual sexism is pretty grating to a contemporary audience.

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Honestly, I’ve never seen anything quite like this wonderful adaption of the Graham Greene novel, Travels with My Aunt.

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A cabaret show based on classic TV songs and themes? Like activating the Bolonium Interface Device on “Star Trek”, it’s a crazy idea but it just might work!

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With only one ring, Circus Flora is small but the excitement and professionalism it possesses are as big as anyone could possibly imagine.

 

 

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A current form of ostentatious patriotism seems to hold that soldiers are “heroes.” All soldiers, at least as long as they are American and are, have, or are willing to serve in remote desert wars of dubious worth.

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