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With a focus on character development and the struggles of a tiny Wisconsin town, "The Spitfire Grill" is not your typical musical. It's a story of resilience and hope, yes, but it's also a nicely woven exploration of the fragile thread that keeps us from despair, mistrust and cruelty. Insight Theatre Company's current production plays small, drawing the audience in and delivering a warm, intimate story accompanied by heartfelt songs.

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The MUNY's current production of "Grease" is light, frothy, nostalgic fun. The music has the snappy, upbeat feel of early rock, and the dancing, costumes and vernacular dialogue are evocative of the period.

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Stray Dog Theater's production of "Funny Girl" is an ambitious undertaking -- the leading role is incredibly difficult, a demanding part that requires exceptional vocal range and power, spot-on comic timing and an actress willing to play up her less glamorous side. And the supporting cast must include top-notch dancers, strong voiced character actors and a leading man with incredible charisma.

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The MUNY opens its 96th season with the heartwarming and hopeful musical "Billy Elliot," based on the popular movie, with book and lyrics by Lee Hall and music by Sir Elton John. The moral, a combination of "be true to yourself" and "don't give up your dreams," is clear from early on, and it's nicely conveyed; but it's the dancing that keeps the audience riveted the entire performance.

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Saturday, 12 April 2014 12:43

‘Once’ upon a love story

Lovely and heartfelt, “Once” tells the story of two musicians who share a deeply profound love that can only be expressed through songs. This beautifully staged and performed tale is bittersweet and softly played in gentle melodies and pure harmonies, with just the right mix of Irish and Czech-influenced folk traditions.

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Tuesday, 25 February 2014 00:51

The Boys Are Back in Town

There's a contemporary swagger present in the Fox Theatre's current production of "Jersey Boys" that slides smoothly into the history of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. The combination works well, resulting in a smart, snappy production that thoroughly entertains. Openly addressing the influence of perspective and self-interest, the show also avoids self-reverence, even as it keeps the conflict light.

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Audiences at the beautiful Peabody Opera House were treated to a brief escape from the winter's chill in St. Louis with a warm and inviting production of "Man of La Mancha" from Chasing Windmills LLC. The cast is strong throughout and the story an interesting and engaging interpretation of Cervantes life, as well as his most famous tale.

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Thursday, 13 September 2012 20:35

'My One and Only': The Perfect Musical

The minute C.K. Edwards, Richard Riaz Yoder and Boris York as the New Rhythm Boys stepped or I should say glided onto the stage, my musical loving side knew it was in good hands.

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This production of the classic movie musicals, "Singin' In the Rain" is as delightful as a cool breeze on a hot St. Louis night .

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Saturday, 19 February 2011 15:50

Mame is still a grand old dame

There's a lot that's right with the Brass Rail Players' production of Mame. The sets and costumes are appropriately lavish, the lighting is near perfect, and I don't think I've ever seen a more dedicated group of chorus members, dancers and singers in any show ever.

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