"Fiddler on the Roof" is a classic of American Musical Theatre, book by Joseph Stein, music by Jerry Bock, and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick. The story of Tevye and his family in 1905 Tsarist Russia is—as the lyrics of its song, "Sunrise, Sunset" says—laden with happiness and tears.
This being my first visit to the "exclusive mobile home community" of Armadillo Acres Trailer Park in Starke, Florida, I needed to get the lay of the land and the characters. Fortunately, they weren't shy.
Writer/director Stuart Murdoch's "God Help the Girl" has as sweet a heart as its protagonist Eve does. In this age of so many mean-spirited offerings, that makes it a welcome change while it also offers a challenge, for this quietly effective story, set in a sunny Glasgow and peppered with musical interludes, unfolds slowly, with restraint.
The Hawthorne Players, now in their 68th year, are currently staging a somewhat uneven production of "The Secret Garden" at the Florissant Civic Center Theatre.
The Fox was a rockin' recently with three performances of the US touring production of "Rock of Ages." Rather than having anything to do with the Christian hymn of the same name, this extravaganza of 80's rock standards had the audience playing air drums and air guitars throughout the house.
What if you were foolish, and yet thought you were smart? Now extend that to everyone you know, all laboring under same delusion. Add music, color, costume, and a talented cast, and you have the world of "Shlemiel the First."
With barely a word spoken, "Les Miserables" is closer to operetta than splashy musical. The Broadway musical and the movie are based on Victor Hugo's 1862 novel about poverty, death, injustice and orphans who would become so famous.
A Gnome for Christmas (Written by Sarah Brandt, Directed by Doug Finlayson) is a Holiday musical now being presented by the Imaginary Theatre Company, the resident, professional, touring ensemble of The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis.
The story of Anne Frank is one known the world over. A young girl and her older sister and parents, and four others, escaped the Nazi persecution of the Jews by hiding in the attic of an office building (Anne’s “Secret Annex”) in Amsterdam for slightly more than two years before being captured and sent to various concentration camps where all but one (perhaps two) of them died.
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.