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After a successful year on Broadway (and four Tony Award nominations), Motown the Musical launched its first national tour last spring, premiering in St. Louis on Tuesday evening at the Fabulous Fox to a packed house.

Published in Theater Reviews
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 08:05

'Smoke on the Mountain' fills the air with song

Act Two Theatre closes their season with a rousing, nostalgic trip to rural, Depression-era America courtesy of "Smoke on the Mountain." This heartwarming show is filled with bluegrass-infused hymns, spiritual witnessing and more than a few moments of pure comedy as the congregation of the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church kicks off its first Saturday night worship service.

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"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.

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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. 

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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.

Published in Film Reviews

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.

Published in Theater Reviews
Sunday, 26 May 2013 21:02

Rockin' Out at the Fox

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.

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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."

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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.

Published in Film Reviews
Sunday, 16 December 2012 21:40

A Gnice Gnome in a Ghome

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.

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Karate Bikini - A Simpler Sugar

Wed November 26
Karate Bikini is an eight piece ensemble who's members hail from St. Louis and the metro area. They are a large band with a large sound. Their latest album A Simpler Sugar is full of upbeat pop songs,…