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Kelley Levins-Moore

Sunday, 20 June 2010 14:08


Cabaret has always been one of my favorite musicals, as nothing can top Liza Minnelli in green nail polish belting out “Life is a Cabaret.” As excited as I was to see Ivory Theatre's production of the Broadway classic, I was disappointed upon arrival to find that no programs were made available to the audience members. As someone who enjoys knowing who is playing what part on stage, this oversight by the theater left me a bit unnerved. Thankfully, a crew member brought me a slip of paper before the beginning of Act I, listing who the actors and their respective parts. This lack of foresight, however, proved to be indicative of things to come. It appeared that many things were overlooked in this production of Cabaret, and that perhaps the production could have benefitted from another week in rehearsals.

Monday, 29 November 1999 19:00

The Nutcracker

St. Louis Ballet

Through December 23, 2007
Reviewed by Kelly Levins-Moore
What would Christmas be without a trip to see The Nutcracker? How could anyone imagine a holiday season without the beautiful music of Tchaikovsky's "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" or the vision of an excited Clara opening up her nutcracker doll for the first time?
Sunday, 01 February 2009 19:00


Teatro Lirico D'Europa at the Touhill Performing Arts Center

February 1, 2009
Reviewed by Kelly Levins-Moore
I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I arrived at the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center for Teatro Lirico D'Europa's performance of Giuseppe Verdi's Aida.  After all, it was Super Bowl Sunday, and I doubted many people would be out in the cold to see an opera when they could be in watching America's favorite pastime.  I was pleasantly surprised, however, by the large turnout, and I am sure the audience was pleasantly surprised, as well- Aida turned out to be a grand, lavish and emotionally charged performance that would leave even the most avid football lover impressed.

Saturday, 09 August 2008 19:00

Fiddler on the Roof

The Muny

Through August 10, 2008
Reviewed by Kelly Levins-Moore
Fiddler on the Roof is so many things. It is a love story (several, actually), a story about the persecution of the Jews, and a story about the struggle between honoring tradition and embracing modern ideas.  It is a simple story surrounded by a complex score, a funny yet sad fable, and a metaphor for the overall struggles individuals face in love, religion, and lifestyle.  Probably more than anything, it is a well-known, well-loved production that has entertained audiences for over forty years.  The Muny's production of this classic, while entertaining, unfortunately ceased to reach the high expectations I had upon entering the outdoor theater.

Saturday, 02 May 2009 19:00


riverdance09.jpgThe Fox Theatre

May 1 through 3, 2009
Reviewed by Kelly Levins-Moore
I guess the old saying that one can't really escape their roots is true. I've spent my entire adult life rolling my eyes as my Irish-American family chugged green beer at the St. Patrick's Day parade, and my stomach churns with just the slightest smell of corned beef and cabbage. And yet, despite my avoidance of leprechauns and shamrocks, I have found myself both living in Little Ireland, St. Louis-better known as Dogtown-and recently in attendance at the farewell performance of Riverdance, at the Fox Theater.

Saturday, 02 January 2010 19:00


The Fox Theatre

January 1 through 3, 2010
Reviewed by Kelly Levins-Moore
From the city of Chicago comes a tale of lust, violence, bloodshed, and treachery, starring two devious murderesses conniving to become the city's most popular criminal.  Interested? Fred Ebb, Bob Fosse and John Kander's Chicago has made a local stop, bringing the mayhem, intrigue and "razzle dazzle" and "all that jazz" to St. Louis audiences.

Saturday, 12 December 2009 19:00

A Christmas Carol

The Nebraska Theatre Caravan at The Fox Theatre

December 10 through 13, 2009
Reviewed by Kelley Moore
Feeling a little 'bah, humbug' this holiday season? Visit the Fox Theatre this weekend for an easy remedy. Christmas has returned to St. Louis, in the form of the Nebraska Theatre Caravan's production of A Christmas Carol, based on Charles Dicken's classic story of Ebenezer Scrooge. The story has become synonymous with December, Christmas, carols and holiday cheer, and the Nebraska Theatre Caravan's production has become synonymous with Christmas in St. Louis. Despite a few minor, albeit annoying, problems with the production, the overall effect will leave even the biggest scrooge trading his "bah, humbugs" for holiday cheer.