Debuting in St. Louis at the Fabulous Fox on its first national tour, Tony-winning "Matilda the Musical" is an enchanting piece of musical theatre for Broadway fans of all ages. Based on the popular 1988 novel by British author Roald Dahl, "Matilda" speaks to the child in all of us, reminding us that, "If it's not right, you have to put it right," even if that means you have to be "a little bit naughty."
Bobby is one ambivalent guy. He says he’s ready for marriage, yet he does everything he can to avoid it. He’s handsome, charming and surrounded by friends who adore him, so he’s been content to remain a bachelor. Now, as he celebrates his 35th birthday, he wonders if marriage wouldn’t be better.
Stages tells us that they get more requests for a repeat production of "The Full Monty" and of "The Drowsy Chaperone" than any other musicals. They're doing "The Full Monty" right now, and they're going to repeat "The Drowsy Chaperone" next year.
I have trouble suspending my disbelief when watching "Footloose". Maybe a small town in the South in the 1950s could successfully outlaw all dancing for their teenagers. But even in a small town in Illinois, in 1984 when the movie was made, or anytime since then when the musical is set, I have trouble believing it could happen.
This past Wednesday, the Muny gave me a chance to visit a friend I hadn't seen in fifteen years. I'm not talking about a human friend, but a theatrical one: Disney's 1994 stage adaptation of the 1991 hit animated film "Beauty and the Beast." The years, I'm happy to say, have been kind to it, and the Muny's first-rate production certainly does it justice.
If you are among the few who have never seen a production of "The Fantasticks," the current one at Insight Theatre Company offers you a splendid introduction to this ever-charming musical. On Luke Shyrock's well-worn circus set, director Maggie Ryan has emphasized the theatricality of the piece. Little of a fourth wall — even less than in most musicals — stands between the audience and the actors. They address us not only in song but in speech.
The New Jewish Theatre production of David Hein and Irene Sankoff's unapologetically autobiographical musical "My Mother's Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding" is a pleasant and pleasing little show. It's so light that a stiff breeze would blow it away, but its heart is in the right place, which counts for a great deal.
When music legend and style icon Cyndi Lauper partners with award-winning playwright Harvey Fierstein to score a Broadway musical, it's sure to be wild fun.
The “Cinderella” now at the Fox Theatre is not just any “Cinderella.” It's the “Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella.”
With “Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash,” the title explains the show itself. It’s not the story of Johnny Cash the man, nor his demons or his loves, but of his music, specifically the music he wrote.