New York, New York. It's a hell of a town that has inspired a hell of a lot of composers, songwriters, dramatists, and cabaret artists.
In the beginning there was the word. And in the middle and in the end, more words announce our arrivals and departures from this world. Words inform us of the past and outline our hopes for the future. But what if we knew the future through words given us by a magical machine?
How much can you downsize Wagner without putting him out of business? The late musical satirist Anna Russell once famously cut the entire “Ring” cycle down to twenty hilarious minutes and some change while still telling the bare bones of the story.
It hardly seems possible that it has been almost nine years since I first saw "The Lion King" at The Fox. The show seems as fresh and lively as it did back then, and the current tour, which has been running continuously for ten years, is rock solid.
Have you been meaning to brush up on your Shakespeare, but fear you just haven’t got the time? Well, if you’ve got an hour and a half, you can cross that item off your bucket list by high-tailing down to St. Louis Shakespeare’s production of The Reduced Shakespeare Company’s The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged).
There are no surprises in the Muny’s performance of The King and I and that’s as it should be. The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical is perfect just the way it is.
Looking for a night of highly explosive drama, ear-marked by terse, intense Pulitzer-prize winning dialogue, dense characterizations and high-brow philosophical musings? Then DON'T go anywhere near Stray Dog Theater anytime in the next few weeks.
Once I thought that Gilbert and Sullivan were quaint, old-fashioned, sometimes mildly amusing Victorians. Then I saw several very clever productions of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, like The Mikado a couple of years ago at Opera Theatre of St. Louis. They were about as much fun as should be legally allowed in a theatre.