Nine years ago I fell in love with an adorable musical when it came to the Fox. It was "Mamma Mia!" and I loved it not just because of its engaging and imaginative music, but because the story was a lovely old-fashioned romantic situation-comedy, simply and economically told with sensitivity and moderation. Well, that old flame is back in town, and God, how she's changed. Nine years ago I left the Fox full of warmth, with just the gentlest sweet hint of heartache. This time it was more like heart-burn: "Mamma Mia!", that'sa one spicy meatball! Quick, the Alka Seltzer!
Broadway is starting to look a lot like Hollywood, and it seems like every week a new musical is announced based on a box office blockbuster. One of the more buzzed about recent additions is a new stage adaptation of "Sister Act," produced by none other than Whoopi Goldberg herself.
"Godspell" rocked the Peabody Friday night with all the explosive subtlety of a fireworks display. The 2013 incarnation of the 1970's rock sensation burst onto the stage, a suname of sound and color and beautifully pure rock.
What's that crashing against your screen door? Well, if it were mid-summer it would, of course, be all those June-bugs. But in October it's got to be that annual infestation of zombies. There's no escape! They're out there, everywhere! And they will get you!
"The truth is she never left you,” proclaims the billboard for the tour of the smartly re-invented new revival of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's unlikely 1976 concept album-turned-musical "Evita." For once, there's truth in advertising; "Evita" has been continually in the repertory since Hal Prince first staged it in London's West End in 1978.
“Beulah Annan” wouldn’t make a very good song title, but “Roxie Hart,” works just fine. And that girl Roxie has really been around. She was based on Beulah who shot her lover dead (they both reached for the gun) and was acquitted in 1920s Chicago with her stalwart mechanic husband by her side. Beulah divorced him soon after, saying he was “dull.”
The Repertory Theatre of St Louis opens its forty-seventh season with a BANG! Director/Choreographer Marcia Milgrom Dodge has brought us a lovely gift in the form of a new production of the venerable "Cabaret".
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.
Mention “Musical Theatre” to the average Joe, and I think it’s a fair bet that what will be brought to mind is a story in which True Love conquers all, and you leave the theatre whistling something bright and breezy about raindrops on roses, love across a crowded room, or a sun that will come out tomorrow. This is not the case, however, with New Line Theatre’s current production of "Next to Normal," a musical that explores the depths of a battered psyche that foments little but anger and despair.