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January 26, 2011: Sixth Annual Kevin Kline Nominees Announced

ST. LOUIS, MO -  Twenty-two St. Louis theatre companies are represented in the nominations for the Sixth Annual Kevin Kline Awards. Thirty plays and musicals produced in the St. Louis area during 2010 now share 112 nominations in 22 different categories for the coveted award.

The Muny received the most with 21 nominations, followed by The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis with 17 nominations and Stages St. Louis with 15.

Stages St. Louis' production of the musical Promises, Promises received 7 nominations, the highest of any musical nominated. The non-musical production with the highest number of nominations was High by The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, receiving 8 nominations.

Fifty-eight actors, directors, choreographers, playwrights, composers and designers, along with an additional 13 acting Ensembles received nominations. Three artists received multiple nominations.

"We are incredibly lucky to have such an overwhelming amount of professional productions and talent in the St. Louis theatre community," said Edward Coffield of the Kevin Kline Awards. "2010 was an especially fantastic year for theatre in St. Louis, of which these nominations are just one testament."

The Professional Theatre Awards Council (PTAC), a non-profit, 501c(3) organization, was formed in 2004 to promote and celebrate excellence in St. Louis professional theatre. During the twelve months of 2010, 118 different plays and musicals were evaluated by a floating pool of 45 judges. Each show was seen by seven judges (children's shows were seen by three judges), and each judge was required to submit his or her ballot within 24 hours of attending a production, thus insuring that each production was weighed on its own merits rather than in comparison to others.

The Sixth Annual Kevin Kline Awards ceremony will be held on Monday, March 28, 2011, at the Loretto-Hilton Center in Webster Groves. Ticket information will be available soon on the Kevin Kline Awards website at www.kevinklineawards.org.

2010 Nominations

Outstanding Production for Young Audiences

• Delilah's Wish, Metro Theater Company

• A Peter Rabbit Tale, The Rep's Imaginary Theatre Company

• Amelia Earhart, The Rep's Imaginary Theatre Company

• The Aristocats, Stages St. Louis

• The Nutcracker, The Rep's Imaginary Theatre Company

Outstanding New Play or Musical

• Jami BrandliThe Sinker, HotCity Theatre

• Lee Patton ChilesEye on the Sparrow — The World Within St. Louis, Gitana Productions

• David Slavitt, translator, from Sophocles, Oedipus King, Upstream Theater

• Sandra Marie VagoTreading Backwards Thru Quicksand Without Wearing Your Water Wings, Black Cat Theatre

Outstanding Costume Design

• JC KrajicekTartuffe, Mustard Seed Theatre

• Dorothy Marshall EnglisHamlet, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis

• John InchiostroThe Aristocats, Stages St. Louis

• JC KrajicekCrumbs from the Table of Joy, Mustard Seed Theatre

• Jess GoldsteinHigh, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

Outstanding Lighting Design

• Brian Sidney BembridgeCrime and Punishment, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

• Matthew McCarthyBig River, Stages St. Louis

• Matthew McCarthyPromises, Promises, Stages St. Louis

• John LasiterHigh, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

Outstanding Set Design

• Gianni DownsCrime and Punishment, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

• Christopher M. WallerIt Had To Be You, Max and Louie Productions

• Mark HalpinPromises, Promises, Stages St. Louis

• Michael HeilOedipus King, Upstream Theater

• David GalloHigh, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

Outstanding Sound Design

• Mic PoolThe 39 Steps, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

• Josh LimpertOutlying Islands, Upstream Theatre

• Ann Slayton and Robin WeatherallHamlet, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis

• Chuck HarperSlasher, HotCity Theatre

Outstanding Ensemble in a Play

• The 39 Steps, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

• Outlying Islands, Upstream Theater

• Hamlet, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis

• High, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

• The Chosen, Mustard Seed Theatre

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play

• Kari ElyWhy Torture Is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them, HotCity Theatre

• Kimiye CorwinHamlet, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis

• Colleen BackerOur Town, Stray Dog Theatre

• Patrese McClainCrumbs from the Table of Joy, Mustard Seed Theatre

• Kelley RyanEquus, HotCity Theatre

• Betsy BowmanThe Tempest, St. Louis Shakespeare

• Susan GreenhillNext Fall, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play

• Jerry VogelOutlying Islands, Upstream Theater

• Bobby MillerLaughter on the 23rd Floor, New Jewish Theatre

• Evan JonigkeitHigh, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

• Richard LewisThe Chosen, Mustard Seed Theatre

• Aaron Orion BakerLong Day's Journey Into Night, Muddy Waters Theatre

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play

• Michelle HandFires in the Mirror, Mustard Seed Theatre

• Magan WilesMy Name Is Rachel Corrie, Blue Rose Stage Collective

• Kathleen TurnerHigh, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

• Kari ElyLong Day's Journey Into Night, Muddy Waters Theatre

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play

• Jason CannonOutlying Islands, Upstream Theater

• Scott McMastersOutlying Islands, Upstream Theater

• Jim ButzHamlet, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis

• Drew PannebackerEquus, HotCity Theatre

• Alan KnollThis Wonderful Life, Dramatic License Productions

Outstanding Director of a Play

• Philip BoehmOutlying Islands, Upstream Theater

• Bruce LongworthHamlet, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis

• Doug FinlaysonEquus, HotCity Theatre

• Philip BoehmOedipus King, Upstream Theater

• Rob RuggieroHigh, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

• Deanna JentThe Chosen, Mustard Seed Theatre

Outstanding Production of a Play

• Outlying Islands, Upstream Theater

• Hamlet, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis

• High, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

• The Chosen, Mustard Seed Theatre

Outstanding Choreography

• Lazette Rayford-O'BrienFive Guys Named Moe, the Black Rep

• Heather BealThe Me Nobody Knows, the Black Rep

• Mary MacLeodDamn Yankees, the Muny

• Suzanne ViveritoCats, the Muny

Outstanding Musical Direction

• Charles CreathFive Guys Named Moe, the Black Rep

• Sallie duMainePump Boys and Dinettes, Bear Stage

• Michael HorsleyDamn Yankees, the Muny

• Lisa Campbell AlbertPromises, Promises, Stages St. Louis

• Ben WhiteleyThe Sound of Music, the Muny

• Catherine MajetkaShow Boat, the Muny

• Henry PalkesThe Last of the Red Hot Mamas, New Jewish Theatre

Outstanding Ensemble in a Musical

• Five Guys Named Moe, the Black Rep

• The Wild Party, New Line Theatre

• Damn Yankees, the Muny

• Cats, the Muny

• The Aristocats, Stages St. Louis

• Show Boat, the Muny

• State Fair, Stages St. Louis

• The Last of the Red Hot Mamas, New Jewish Theatre

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical

• Sharisa WhatleyThe Me Nobody Knows, the Black Rep

• Brandi WootenPromises, Promises, Stages St. Louis

• Jo Ann Hawkins-WhiteShow Boat, the Muny

• Johanna Elkana-HaleThe Last of the Red Hot Mamas, New Jewish Theatre

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical

• Joneal JoplinThe Fantasticks, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

• Lara TeeterBeauty and the Beast, the Muny

• Kevin LorequeCats, the Muny

• Michel BellShow Boat, the Muny

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical

• Vanessa RubinYesterdays: An Evening with Billie Holiday, the Black Rep

• Stephanie J. BlockCats, the Muny

• Ashley BrownThe Sound of Music, the Muny

• Leah HorowitzShow Boat, the Muny

• Hollie HowardState Fair, Stages St. Louis

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical

• Ben NordstromGutenberg! The Musical!, Temporary Theatre

• John SpargerPump Boys and Dinettes, Bear Stage

• Jeffrey PruettThe Wild Party, New Line Theatre

• Eric KunzeDamn Yankees, the Muny

• Ben NordstromPromises, Promises, Stages St. Louis

Outstanding Director of a Musical

• Ron HimesFive Guys Named Moe, the Black Rep

• Paul BlakeDamn Yankees, the Muny

• Michael HamiltonPromises, Promises, Stages St. Louis

• Marc BruniThe Sound of Music, the Muny

• Edward CoffieldMan of La Mancha, Insight Theatre Company

Outstanding Production of a Musical

• Five Guys Named Moe, the Black Rep

• Big River, Stages St. Louis

• Damn Yankees, the Muny

• Promises, Promises, Stages St. Louis

• The Sound of Music, the Muny

• Show Boat, the Muny

• State Fair, Stages St. Louis


2010 Participants

Act Inc

Avalon Theatre Company

Bear Stage

Black Cat

The Black Rep

Blue Rose Collective

Citilites Theatre

DisAbility

Dramatic License Productions

Echo Theatre Company

First Run Theatre

Gitana

HotCity Theatre

Insight Theatre Company

ITC/The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

JPEK

Max and Louie Productions

Metro Theatre Comapny

The Midnight Company

Muddy Waters Theatre

The Muny

Mustard Seed Theatre

New Jewish Theatre

NewLine Theatre

Non-Prophet Theatrer Company

OnSite Theatre Company

Playback Theatre Workshop

Royal Dumpe

Slightly Askew Theatre Ensemble (SATE)

Shakespeare Festival St. Louis

Soundstage Productions

St. Louis Shakespeare/Magic Smoking Monkey

Stages St. Louis

St. Louis Actors Studio

Stray Dog Theatre

Temporary Theatre

Upstream Theater

West End Players Guild

Y-Rep


THE MUNY ANNOUNCES ITS 2010 SEASON

The Muny in Forest Park announces its 2010 summer line-up! For more information about The Muny and the 2010 productions, call (314) 361-1900 or visit www.muny.org.

The shows and dates are as follows:

            Disney’s Beauty and the Beast                        June 21-30   (Extended to 10 magical performances!)

            Titanic, The Musical                                     July 5-11

            Damn Yankees                                             July 12-18

            Cats                                                            July 19-25

            The Sound of Music                                     July 26-August 1

            Footloose                                                   August 2-8

            Show Boat                                                  August 9-15

“I think we’ve got a season with some great variety,” commented Denny Reagan, President & CEO of The Muny. “We have two Broadway musicals that are making their Muny debut, Titanic–The Musical and Footloose. There are good shows for young people, strong dance shows, and a few of the classics that never grow old.”

New Season Tickets go on sale on Saturday, March 27, and Single Tickets will be available on Saturday, June 5.

“We’re very excited about our 2010 season,” Reagan said. “We’ve held 2010’s prices at 2009 levels–no price increase on any ticket. And to make it even better, Interstate 64 is now open.”

The Muny is now taking reservations for group sales, offering at 20% discount for groups of 20 or more. Call Diane at (314) 361-1900 ext. 308. 

For more information or to purchase gift cards, call (314) 361-1900 or visit www.muny.org

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NEWS FROM NEW LINE
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CAST ANNOUNCED FOR
NEW LINE THEATRE'S "SPELLING BEE"
IN ITS FIRST ST. LOUIS PRODUCTION
 
ST. LOUIS, MO . . . New Line Theatre, "The Bad Boy of Musical Theatre," closes its eighteenth season of provocative, adult, alternative musical theatre with the hilariously quirky and big-hearted Broadway musical, THE 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, running July 16-August 8, 2009, at the Washington University South Campus Theatre (formerly CBC High School), 6501 Clayton Road, just east of Big Bend. This is not on the Wash.U. main campus.
 
Do you ever feel like the pressure to succeed is just too great? Like you just might lose your job to the brown-noser in the next cubicle, like everything you are is wrapped up in whether or not you get that next raise or promotion? And when you remember back to your childhood, does it seem like it wasn't really any better back then...?
 
After incredible successes with Hair and Return to the Forbidden Planet, New Line Theatre closes this remarkable season with the first St. Louis production of SPELLING BEE, with a book by Rachel Sheinkin and music and lyrics by William Finn (Falsettos, A New Brain), based on C-R-E-P-U-S-C-U-L-E, an original play created by Rebecca Feldman and originally performed by The Farm, a New York-based improvisational comedy troupe. SPELLING BEE won two Tony Awards, two Theatre World Awards, and three Drama Desk Awards. New Line will offer local audiences a chance to see the show in the kind of intimate setting it was written for, with no one more than seven rows from the stage.
 
The show places us at an actual spelling bee -- complete with a few audience members among the spellers -- but underneath the show's wacky comedy there is an insightful look at the dark side of American ambition and competitiveness, and the insecurities and fears we all face every day. We are these kids, we finally realize, always being tested one more time, never able to rest on our past accomplishments. You'll laugh your ass off and then spend the next week on your therapist's couch.
 
The New York Times wrote about the show, "It's the more private but enduring triumphs -- the connection finally made with a member of the opposite sex, the discovery of previously unknown pockets of self-esteem -- that are really being celebrated. . . . Spelling Bee is not extravagant in its aims, but it lives up to its goals in a way that the season's bigger, glitzier and more ambitious musicals mostly don't. Gold stars all around!" The Boston Globe said, "Spelling Bee has everything a rollicking musical should have: wit and grace, heart and soul, charm and a bit of a bite." For more info about the show, visit www.newlinetheatre.com/spellingbeepage.html.
 
New Line's cast includes Aaron Allen (as Leaf Coneybear), Emily Berry (Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre), Brian Claussen (Douglas Panch), Mike Dowdy (Chip Tolentino), Nicholas Kelly (William Barfee), Alexis Kinney (Marcy Parks), Katie Nestor (Olive Ostrovsky), John Rhine (Mitch Mahoney), and Deborah Sharn (Rona Lisa Peretti). Scott Miller directs the show, with choreography by Robin Michelle Berger, set by Todd Schaefer, lighting by Kenneth Zinkl, and costumes by Amy Kelly.
 
New Line Theatre is a professional company dedicated to involving the people of the St. Louis region in the exploration and creation of daring, provocative, socially and politically relevant works of musical theatre. New Line receives funding from the Regional Arts Commission, the Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation, and the Missouri Arts Council. For more about New Line, go to www.newlinetheatre.com/contact.html

SPELLING BEE runs July 16-August 8, 2009, Thurs. through Sat. evenings at 8:00 p.m., at the Washington University South Campus Theatre (formerly CBC High School), 6501 Clayton Road, just east of Big Bend. July 16 is a preview. All seating is general admission. For Thursday night performances, tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. On Friday and Saturday nights, tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. Tickets are on sale now through all Metrotix outlets, including Macy's stores, the Fox Theatre, and select Schnucks stores, or by calling 314-534-1111. SPELLING BEE contains adult language and content.
 
NEW EDUCATORS DISCOUNT: New Line now offers all currently employed educators half price tickets on any Thursday night, with work ID or other proof of employment. Not valid in connection with other discounts or offers, available only at the door, and subject to availability.

NEW MILITARY DISCOUNT: New Line now offers all active duty military personnel half price tickets on any Thursday night, with ID or other proof of active duty status. Not valid in connection with other discounts or offers, available only at the door, and subject to availability.

New Line Theatre also continues to offer their College Free Seats, ten seats put aside for every performance, free to anyone with a valid college student ID, one ticket per ID. The Free Seats will be available at the theatre box office, from 7:00 p.m. to 7:55 p.m. on performance nights only.

For other information, visit New Line Theatre's full-service website at
www.newlinetheatre.comAll programs are subject to change.

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Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps rounds out the Mainstage series

We've scored a coup! The Rep is the first theatre outside of New York to receive the rights to produce Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps, a madcap comedy that's taken Broadway by storm.

This two-time Tony- and Drama Desk Award-winning comedy thriller was called "absurdly enjoyable" by The New York Times and "inventively astonishing, riotous and marvelous" by The New York Post among dozens of rave reviews.

You won't want to miss this all-new production where Hitchcock meets hilarity. It's a juicy spy story mixed with a dash of Monty Python where four ridiculously talented actors take on more than 150 roles. Intrigue, international danger, an on-stage plane crash, old-fashioned romance, high-spirited comedy and a death-defying finale—all in one show!

Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps will run on the Mainstage January 6–31, 2010 and joins our five previously announced productions including Amadeus, Sleuth, A Christmas Story, The Diary of Anne Frank and The Fantasticks.

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Olivia Jane Prosser as Helen Keller and Murray as the Kellers' dog in The Rep's 2009 Mainstage production of William Gibson's The Miracle Worker. Photo by Jerry Naunheim, Jr.
Olivia Jane Prosser as Helen Keller and Murray as the Kellers' dog in The Rep's 2009 Mainstage production of William Gibson's The Miracle Worker. Photo by Jerry Naunheim, Jr.

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                                  FRONT TWO ROWS ORCHESTRA PIT SEATS FOR
“RENT: THE BROADWAY TOUR”

                                                            AVAILABLE FOR $20

DAY OF PERFORMANCE ONLY

                               AT THE FOX THEATRE

BOX OFFICE

 

St. Louis, MO / May 21, 2009 Seats in the front two rows of the orchestra pit will be made available for $20 for every performance of “RENT: The Broadway Tour,” the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical, at the Fabulous Fox Theatre.  The $20 tickets go on sale at the Fox Theatre box office, on the day of performance only, two hours prior to the show and are available to anyone, cash only, with a limit of two tickets per person, while tickets last.   

 

“In keeping with the spirit of the show and the vision of Jonathan Larson, the show’s creator, we are happy to be able to offer prime seats to people who otherwise would not be able to purchase them,” said original “RENT” producer Kevin McCollum. “Jonathan was himself a struggling artist and his dream was to create a universal piece of musical theatre that’s available to everyone.”

 

The tradition of the $20 tickets was started in New York when the show moved to Broadway after a sold-out run in a small downtown theatre. Since that time people have lined up as early as the night before to guarantee their purchase of the $20 tickets. The producers of the show are committed to continuing the tradition of offering orchestra seats for $20 in each city the show will play.  “RENT” is marking its 7th engagement in St. Louis and the Fox Theatre has kept this tradition alive each and every time – with growing popularity for the $20 tickets. 

 

“RENT: The Broadway Tour” returns to the Fabulous Fox Theatre June 2-7.  The $20 tickets are available at the Fox Theatre box office only – 527 N Grand Blvd.  For general ticket information, please call MetroTix at 314-534-1111 or visit www.metrotix.com.

 

For more information about “RENT”, please visit www.siteforrent.com.

 

 

 

 

-For Immediate Release: 5/20/09-
Stages St. Louis Presents Little Shop of Horrors

Stages St. Louis will open its 2009 season with Little Shop of Horrors at The Robert G. Reim Theater in Kirkwood from May 29 - June 30.

The 3rd longest running Off-Broadway show of all time, Little Shop of Horrors became a cult classic when it premiered in 1982. The show also enjoyed a 372 show run on Broadway at the Virginia Theatre in 2003. A down and out floral assistant becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an ill-tempered, mean-spirited, R&B-singing carnivorous plant who offers him fame and fortune in exchange for feeding its growing appetite.

Based on the low-budget 1960 black comedy film, Little Shop features book and lyrics by Howard Ashman and music by Alan Menken. Appearing in the cast are Ben Nordstrom as Seymour, Maria Couch as Audrey, Darin De Paul as Mushnik, Todd Dubail as Orin, Valisia Lekae as Chiffon, Lisa M. Ramey as Ronnette, and Rashidra Scott as Crystal. Also included in the cast are Geno Segers, Marc A. Petrosino, Shaun Sheley, and Monte J. Howell.

Direction and musical staging are by Michael Hamilton, with choreography by Stephen Bourneuf and musical direction by Lisa Campbell Albert. Completing the artistic team are scenic designer Richard Ellis, costume designer John Inchiostro, lighting designer Matthew McCarthy, and orchestral designer Stuart M. Elmore.

Little Shop of Horrors will run for a total of five weeks. Week one performances are Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 4 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Tuesday at 8 p.m. The week two schedule is Wednesday through Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 4 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Weeks three, four and five will have additional performances on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. and Wednesdays at 2 p.m. Week five will also have an additional Sunday night performance at 7:30 p.m.

For more information and to purchase tickets call 314-821-2407 or visit www.stagesstlouis.org.

 

BROADWAY’S TONY AWARD®- WINNING SMASH “IN THE HEIGHTS” AND THE NEW MEL BROOKS MUSICAL “YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN” HEADLINE SIX SHOW 2009-2010 U.S. BANK BROADWAY SERIES AT THE FOX THEATRE; “WICKED” SOARS AGAIN!

 

ST. LOUIS, MO / May 17, 2009

Fox Associates announces its stellar 2009-2010 U.S. Bank Broadway Series, featuring Broadway’s latest sensation IN THE HEIGHTS, winner of the 2008 Tony Award® for Best Musical.  The new Mel Brooks Musical YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, a zany recreation of the classic film, will make its St. Louis debut.  Also included in the series are:  the recent Broadway smash hit production of IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS; the 2007 Broadway revival of GREASE starring “American Idol” winner Taylor Hicks as Teen Angel and the Tony Award® and Pulitzer Prize-winning AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY starring Estelle Parsons.  One of the most “Popular” shows ever to play the Fox, WICKED returns rounding out the six show series. 

The Fox also announces seven specials for which U.S. Bank Broadway series subscribers will have the first opportunity to purchase tickets.  LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE The Musical with Melissa Gilbert as “Ma” will make its St. Louis premiere during Thanksgiving week this November.  Fox Theatrical’s own LEGALLY BLONDE The Musical returns along with other favorites A CHRISTMAS CAROL, CHICAGO, THE COLOR PURPLE, MAMMA MIA! and AVENUE Q. 

The 2009-2010 U.S. Bank Broadway season opens November 10-22, 2009 with the 2008 Tony Award®- winning Best Musical IN THE HEIGHTS, a moving, funny, and uplifting new show about a community of hard-working immigrants seeking a better life and trying to find their place – their home – in their new country.  With a remarkable young cast, thrilling Tony Award-winning dancing and a dynamic Tony Award-winning score, In the Heights is an exhilarating journey into a vibrant Manhattan community – a place where the coffee is light and sweet, the windows are always open, and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music.   Winner of the 2008 Grammy Award for Best Original Cast Album, In the Heights has a book by Pulitzer Prize finalist Quiara Alegria Hudes and was conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda.  In the Heights is Broadway’s hottest hit!  The New York Times calls it “A musical about chasing your dreams and finding your true home, with enough energy to light up the George Washington Bridge.  A SINGULAR NEW SENSATION!” 

Get ready to discover a delightful new show that’s as fresh and rare as newly fallen snow!  The classic holiday tradition IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS comes to the Fox Theatre December 15-27, 2009, as a brand new Irving Berlin musical direct from Broadway.  While the show began its path to Broadway at The Muny in 2000, this production is directed by Tony Award® winner Walter Bobbie (“Chicago”) and choreographed by Tony nominee Randy Skinner (“42nd Street”).  Brimming with such Berlin hits as “Blue Skies,”

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FOX ANNOUNCES 2009-2010 U.S. BANK BROADWAY SERIES / ADD ONE

 “How Deep is the Ocean?” and, of course, the unforgettable title song; Irving Berlin’s White Christmas tells the story of two showbiz buddies putting on a show in a magical Vermont inn and finding their perfect mates in the bargain.  Full of dancing, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas promises to be a merry and bright theatrical experience for the whole family!  Every holiday season, audiences of all ages enjoy the uplifting story of White Christmas.  Now, a new generation will be able to experience this holiday tradition in a completely new way – live on stage!

            For nearly 40 years, GREASE has remained one of the world’s most popular musicals.  Now Sandy, Danny, Rizzo and the gang from Rydell High hand-jive their way to St. Louis January 12-24, 2010 in this new production of Grease starring Taylor Hicks as Teen Angel.  This unique production was born out of NBC’s landmark reality TV show, “Grease: You’re The One That I Want.”  Time Magazine’s 2007 pick for “#1 musical of the year” is directed and choreographed by two-time Tony Award®-winner Kathleen Marshall (The Pajama Game).  This updated version of the show features songs from the smash 1978 movie including “Hopelessly Devoted to You,” “Grease” and “You’re the One That I Want,” in addition to the songs made famous by the original stage production, including “Summer Nights,” “Greased Lightnin’” and “We Go Together.” 

Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award® for Best Play, Steppenwolf’s AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY will debut at the Fox Theatre March 2-14, 2010.  This grand, gripping new play, starring Academy Award-winner Estelle Parsons, tells the story of the Westons, a large extended clan that comes together at their rural Oklahoma homestead when the alcoholic patriarch disappears. Forced to confront unspoken truths and astonishing secrets, the family must also contend with Violet (Parsons), a pill-popping, deeply unsettled woman at the center of this storm. Written by Tracy Letts and directed by Anna D. Shapiro, August: Osage County is a rare theatrical event - a large-scale work filled with unforgettable characters, a powerful tale told with unflinching honesty. The New York Times cheers, “August: Osage County is flat-out, without qualification, the most exciting new American play Broadway has seen in years," and Time Magazine named August: Osage County the "#1 Show of the Year!"

            The classic Mel Brooks movie is ALIVE…and it’s headed to St. Louis May 11-23, 2010.  You’ll have a monstrously good time at this spectacular new production, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN winner of the 2008 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical!  Don’t miss the sensational cast delivering all your favorite moments from the classic film, plus brand-new show-stopping numbers for the stage, including Transylvania Mania,” “He Vas My Boyfriend” and “Puttin’ on the Ritz.”  This wickedly inspired re-imagining of the Frankenstein legend follows bright young Dr. Frankenstein as he attempts to create a monster – but not without scary and hilarious complications.  The brains behind the laughter is mad genius and three-time Tony Award® winner Mel Brooks himself – who wrote the music and lyrics and co-wrote the book – along with his record-breaking team from The Producers:  five-time Tony-winning director and choreographer Susan Stroman and three-time Tony-winning writer, Thomas Meehan.

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FOX ANNOUNCES 2009-2010 U.S. BANK BROADWAY SERIES / ADD TWO

 

            Back by “Popular” demand.  The New York Times calls WICKED “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster.”  When it played the Fox in 2005 and again in 2007 it broke box office records, sold out in record time and set new attendance records.  Wicked is the winner of 20 major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony Awards®.  Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz.  One – born with emerald green skin – is smart, fiery and misunderstood.  The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular.  How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch makes for “the most complete and completely satisfying new musical in a long time,” says USA Today.  Wicked is coming to the Fox for four weeks, June 16-July 11, 2010. 

The seven specials for 2009-1020 will be offered to subscribers for priority seating before their public on-sale dates.  One of the most popular and beloved celebrations of early Americana for 70 years, LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE The Musical with Melissa Gilbert as “Ma” makes its St. Louis debut at the Fox November 24-29, 2009; this charming new musical premiered at The Guthrie Theatre in 2008 where it topped all box office records for any show in The Guthrie’s history.  The Nebraska Theatre Caravan’s production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL brings holiday cheer to the Fox December 10-13, 2009.  The razzle dazzle tale of sin and celebrity CHICAGO plays January 1-3, 2010.  Oprah Winfrey’s THE COLOR PURPLE returns February 2-7, 2010.  Back by popular demand February 16-21, 2010 is the popular mega-hit musical based on the songs of ABBA, MAMMA MIA!  Elle Woods makes a return with LEGALLY BLONDE The Musical April 8-11, 2010 followed by the hilarious show full of heart and hummable tunes, AVENUE Q April 30-May 2, 2010. 

Current subscribers will receive their renewal information in mid-May with new subscriptions going on sale in June.  On-sale dates for individual shows will be announced later.  For more information, please call the Fox Subscription office at 314/535-1700. Groups of 20 or more should call 314/535-2900 for special rates and reservations.  The Broadway Series at the Fox Theatre is presented by U.S. Bank.                                                      

 

2009-2010 U.S. Bank Broadway Series Shows and Specials: (Subscription Season in Bold)

IN THE HEIGHTS, November 10-22, 2009

LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE The Musical, November 24-29, 2009

A CHRISTMAS CAROL, December 10-13, 2009

Irving Berlin’s WHITE CHRISTMAS, December 15-27, 2009

CHICAGO, January 1-3, 2010

GREASE, January 12-24, 2010

Oprah Winfrey presents THE COLOR PURPLE, February 2-7, 2010

MAMMA MIA!, February 16-21, 2010

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, March 2-14, 2010

LEGALLY BLONDE The Musical, April 8-11, 2010

AVENUE Q, April 30-May 2, 2010

The New Mel Brooks Musical YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, May 11-23, 2010

WICKED, June 16-July 11, 2010

FO  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Press Contacts:  Mara Buxbaum (323) 822-4800 

 

Chr  Chris Kanarick (212) 774-6149

       

ROBIN WILLIAMS’ “WEAPONS OF SELF-DESTRUCTION” RETURN

 

Comedian to Resume Hugely Successful Tour with New Dates Added

 

 

LOS ANGELES, CA, May 13, 2009 – Robin Williams is returning to the road to resume his “Weapons of Self-Destruction” comedy tour after postponing several dates in March to undergo heart surgery.  “Weapons” launched in September 2008 and played to rave reviews and sold out crowds.  As the tour continues, Williams will unleash his “Weapons” on Chicago, Atlanta, Orlando and Washington DC, among many other cities.  The announcement comes on the day of Robin’s highly anticipated return to the scene with a May 13 appearance on “The Late Show with David Letterman” and on the eve of the May 14 world premiere of Twentieth Century Fox Films’ “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian,” in which Williams reprises his role as ‘Teddy Roosevelt’.  That film is set for release on May 22.

 

“This little break has given me more energy than ever,” said Williams.  “Plus it’s wonderful to have a cow valve... If you don’t mind the grazing, it’s quite invigorating.”

 

A string of rescheduled dates has been announced, as well as some brand new shows.  For fans that had purchased tickets to previously postponed shows, those tickets will be honored for the rescheduled engagements.  However, those ticket holders must contact the venue’s box office for details.

 

Highlighting Williams’ trademark free associations and riffs on social and political absurdities, “Weapons of Self-Destruction” was being hailed by critics from across the globe before the hiatus:

 

“Robin Williams is still a master of comedy”

--Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard

 

“Howlingly hilarious.”

“His stand-up act is a potent, charming display of manic behavior.”

--Melissa Ruggieri, Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

“More than merely a joke teller, the Juilliard-trained actor raises his clever and original observations to comic genius with his use of accents and masterful performing skills. With his sharp intellect and a rapier wit that comes to him as easily as breathing, it's no wonder Williams has remained one of the most revered comedians for the past 30 years.”

-- Michelle Drown, Santa Barbara Independent

 

 

With more than 40 industry honors to his credit including four Academy Award® nominations and one win, two Emmy®  awards, four Grammys® and six Golden Globes® including the prestigious Cecil B. DeMille Award, Williams has become one of the most successful and beloved figures in entertainment history.  In addition to this tour and the “Night at the Museum” sequel, Williams will soon be seen starring opposite John Travolta in the Disney comedy “Old Dogs,” which is scheduled for a Thanksgiving release.

 

 

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ROBIN WILLIAMS CONFIRMED U.S. TOUR DATES 2009

 

9/30/09

BLOOMINGTON, IN

INDIANA UNIVERSITY AUDITORIUM

10/1/09

S. BEND, IN

MORRIS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

10/2/09

CHICAGO, IL

ROSEMONT CONVENTION CENTER

10/6/09

LOUISVILLE, KY

PALACE THEATRE

10/8/09

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK

FORD CENTER

10/9/09

LITTLE ROCK, AR

ALLTEL ARENA

10/10/09

BIRMINGHAM, AL

BJCC CONCERT HALL

10/14/09

DURHAM, NC

DURHAM PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

10/15/09

KNOXVILLE, TN

KNOXVILLE CIVIC AUDITORIUM

10/16/09

ATLANTA, GA

FOX THEATRE

10/17/09

JACKSONVILLE, FL

MORAN THEATER (TIMES UNION CENTER PAC)

10/20/09

TAMPA, FL

USF SUN DOME

10/21/09

HOLLYWOOD, FL

SEMINOLE HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO

10/22/09

HOLLYWOOD, FL

SEMINOLE HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO

10/23/09

ORLANDO, FL

UCF ARENA

10/26/09

NORFOLK, VA

OLD DOMINION CONVOCATION CENTER

10/29/09

EAST LANSING, MI

MSU CONCERT AUDITORIUM

10/30/09

ANN ARBOR, MI

HILL AUDITORIUM

10/31/09

DETROIT, MI

MOTOR CITY CASINO

11/1/09

ST. LOUIS, MO

FOX THEATRE

11/11/09

RAMA, ONTARIO

CASINO RAMA

11/12/09

RAMA, ONTARIO

CASINO RAMA

11/13/09

INDIANAPOLIS, IND

MURAT THEATRE

11/14/09

NORMAL, IL

ISU / BRADEN AUDITORIUM

11/18/09

UNCASVILLE, CT

MOHEGAN SUN

11/20/09

WASHINGTON, DC

DAR CONSTITUTION HALL

11/21/09

WASHINGTON, DC

DAR CONSTITUTION HALL

11/27/09

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ

BORGATA EVENT CENTER

11/28/09

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ

BORGATA EVENT CENTER

 


For Immediate Release                                  

 

“The chance to see Michael Bennett’s MASTERPIECE

again, or for the first time, SHOULDN’T BE MISSED.”

- John Heilpern, The New York Observer
THE NEW PRODUCTION OF THE PULITZER PRIZE

AND TONY AWARD-WINNING MUSICAL

AT THE FOX THEATRE MAY 12-24

 

 

St. Louis, MO / March 31, 2009 – The new production of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical A CHORUS LINE comes to the Fabulous Fox Theatre in St. Louis for a limited two-week engagement from May 12-24.  Curtain times for the U.S. Bank Broadway Series presentation are Tuesdays through Fridays at 8 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 & 8 p.m.; Sunday, May 17 at 2 & 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, May 24 at 2 p.m.  There is also a weekday matinee on Thursday, May 19 at 1 p.m.  Tickets are available at the Fox Theatre box office and through MetroTix.        

 

 

The National tour cast currently features Deanna Aguinaga (Lois), Clyde Alves (Mike), Venny Carranza (Roy), Dena DiGiacinto (Bebe), Liza Domingo (Connie), Mindy Dougherty (Val), Derek Hanson (Don), Hollie Howard (Maggie), David Hull (Mark), Jordan Fife Hunt (Frank), Robyn Hurder (Cassie), Julie Kotarides (Vicki), Sebastian La Cause (Zach), Jessica Latshaw (Kristine), Shannon Lewis (Sheila), Ian Liberto (Bobby), Stephanie Martignetti (Tricia), Bethany Moore (Judy), Colt Prattes (Al), Alex Ringler (Greg), Gabrielle Ruiz (Diana), Clifton Samuels (Tom), Kevin Santos (Paul), Brandon Tyler (Larry), Anthony Wayne (Richie), J.R. Whittington (Butch) and swing performers Colin Bradbury, Erica Mansfield, Rebecca Riker and Amos Wolff.

 

A CHORUS LINE reclaimed its place in the heart of Broadway at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 W 45th St) where it opened to rave reviews on October 5, 2006.  Elysa Gardner of USA Today calls it “Exhilarating and endearing, it still has a freshness and fervency too seldom seen in contemporary musicals,” while The New York Daily News exclaims “There’s nothing better! The show thrills from the opening number to the glittering finale,” and

 

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A Chorus Line / Page 2

 

Jeffrey Lyons of WNBC TV hails it “An American Masterpiece.   A show for the ages.”  A CHORUS LINE is directed by its original Tony Award winning co-choreographer Bob Avian and is produced by John F. Breglio for Vienna Waits Productions.

 

A CHORUS LINE recouped its entire $8 million investment after only 157 performances (19 weeks) on Broadway.  It broke the theatre’s box office record 7 times in its first 5 months.  A CHORUS LINE ended its Broadway run on August 17, 2008 after 18 preview and 759 regular performances.

 

A CHORUS LINE, conceived and originally choreographed and directed by Michael Bennett, features a book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante, music by Marvin Hamlisch and lyrics by Edward Kleban. For this new production, Baayork Lee re-stages the original choreography.

 

The new production features scenery by Robin Wagner, costumes by Theoni V. Aldredge, lighting by Tharon Musser adapted by Natasha Katz and sound by Acme Sound Partners.  Musical supervision is by Patrick Vaccariello with musical direction by John C. O'Neill, orchestrations are by Jonathan Tunick, Billy Byers and Hershy Kay and vocal arrangements are by Don Pippin.  The new 2006 Broadway cast recording of A CHORUS LINE was released by Masterworks Broadway and is available in stores nationwide.  

 

The original production of A CHORUS LINE opened at the Public Theater’s Newman Theatre on May 21, 1975 and transferred to Broadway’s Shubert Theatre on July 25th, opening there on October 19th of that year.  It won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Score and Book, and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award.  It ran for nearly 15 years, closing on April 28, 1990 after 6,137 performances.  A CHORUS LINE remains the longest-running American musical in Broadway history.

 

Single tickets for A CHORUS LINE are available at the Fox Theatre box office and all MetroTix locations.  To charge by phone, call MetroTix at 314/534-1111 or order online at www.metrotix.com.  Ticket prices range from $64 to $23; all prices are subject to change.  For current pricing information, visit www.fabulousfox.com.  Group orders for 20 or more may be placed by calling 314-535-2900.  A CHORUS LINE is a U.S. Bank Broadway Series presentation and sponsored by American Airlines.  For more information, visit the official A CHORUS LINE website at www.AChorusLine.com.

Immediate Release
ON SALE SATURDAY, MAY 16 AT 10 AM

Fox Concerts presents

KATHY GRIFFIN

Saturday, July 118 pm

LIVE at the Fox Theatre!

$52.50, $47.50 & $42.50

A Limited number of VIP seats are also available

Recommended for Mature Audiences

 

On-Sale Information:

Tickets on sale Saturday, May 16 at 10 am!

Purchase tickets at the Fox Box Office,

MetroTix outlets or by calling 314/534-1111. 

Order tickets online at www.metrotix.com.     

ON SALE FRIDAY, MAY 1 AT 10 AM!
FOX CONCERTS & AEG LIVE PRESENT

PLAYIN’ IT COOL TOUR

ANTHONY HAMILTON

&

MUSIQ SOULCHILD

with special guest Chrisette Michele

 

Sunday, May 317:30 pm

LIVE at the Fox Theatre!

$59.50, $49.50, & $39.50

A Limited number of VIP seats are also available

 

On-Sale Information:

Tickets on sale Friday, May 1 at 10 am!

Purchase tickets at the Fox Box Office,

MetroTix outlets or by calling 314/534-1111.

Order tickets online at www.metrotix.com. 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 ON SALE SATURDAY, MAY 2 AT 10 AM!

 JOHN LEGEND

with special guest India.Arie

 June 307:30 pm

LIVE at the Fox Theatre!

$50, $45, & $40

A Limited number of VIP seats are also available.

Limit of 6 tickets per transaction.

On-Sale Information:

Tickets on sale Saturday, May 2 at 10 am!

Purchase tickets at the Fox Box Office,

MetroTix outlets or by calling 314/534-1111.

Order tickets online at www.metrotix.com

ON SALE WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29 AT 10 AM!

 100.3 The Beat, Majic 104.9 & Z107.7 welcomes

A Different Me Tour

Starring

KEYSHIA COLE

with The Dream & Bobby V

presented by Fox Concerts and AEG Live

 June 11 • 7:30 pm

LIVE at the Fox Theatre!

$59.50, $49.50, & $39.50

A Limited number of Gold Circle seats are also available.

Limit of 8 tickets per transaction.

On-Sale Information:

Tickets on sale Wednesday, April 29 at 10 am!

Purchase tickets at the Fox Box Office,

MetroTix outlets or by calling 314/534-1111.

Order tickets online at www.metrotix.com.

Announcing Spring to Dance festival               May 21-23, 2009

 

Touhill Performing Arts Center

By Lucy Moorman

It’s happening again!  This was one of the best Happenings from last year.  30 dance companies will present amazing performances on 3 nights for just $10!  Last year they were all phenomenal!  It’s Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights over Memorial Day Weekend.  So if you have plans, cancel them so you can come to this.

Presented by DANCEstl.,on two different stages—one great performance after another.  Last year I especially enjoyed Hedwig Dances, Eisenhower Dance Ensemble, Dance Kaleidoscope, Nashville Ballet, Dancing Wheels Company (some of the dancers are in wheelchairs), and River North Chicago to name a few.  You will be moved and entertained.  This is a great program and so cheap!  Only $10 a night.   See schedule below:

www.springtodance.com

Dance Till You Drop After Party
9:30-11:30 PM Each Evening
Sponsored by the Riverfront Times
Mix and mingle with the dancers, enjoy a cash bar and dancing in the Touhill Lobby each night after the 7:30 PM performances. Tickets $5

Information for Agents, Presenters, Dance Companies, and YOU!

Thursday, May 21

Lee Theater Performances: ATrek Dance Collective : Attack Theatre: ARENA Dances : Thodos Dance Chicago
Anheuser-Busch Performance Hall Performances: Dance Kaleidoscope :
Nashville Ballet : Buglisi Dance Company Stuart Pinsler Dance : Milwaukee Ballet : Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago

Friday, May 22

Lee Theater Performances: Momenta : Eisenhower Dance Ensemble : Hedwig Dances :
Deeply Rooted Dance Theater
Anheuser-Busch Performance Hall Performances:
Saint Louis Ballet : Natya Dance Theatre :
Kansas City Ballet : BalletX : Nejla Yatkin : River North Chicago Dance Company

Saturday, May 23

Lee Theater Performances: Chicago Human Rhythm Project : Lucky Plush Productions : The Slaughter Project
Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company
Anheuser-Busch Performance Hall Performances: Ballet
Memphis : MADCO : Paradigm Dance Company :
Dancing Wheels : BalletMet Columbus:
Hubbard Street 2

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ON SALE FRIDAY, MAY 1 AT 10 AM!

FOX CONCERTS & AEG LIVE PRESENT

PLAYIN’ IT COOL TOUR

ANTHONY HAMILTON

&

MUSIQ SOULCHILD

with special guest Chrisette Michele

Sunday, May 31 • 7:30 pm

LIVE at the Fox Theatre!

$59.50, $49.50, & $39.50

A Limited number of VIP seats are also available

 

 

Attracting fans right from the start, Anthony Hamilton's unique voice draws its soulful force and storytelling

inspiration from such pioneers as Bill Withers, Bobby Womack, Al Green, Johnny Guitar Watson

and Marvin Gaye. Instead of taking a cookie-cutter approach, however, Hamilton paved his own road to

fame. Over the last three years, he has written and/or sung with a who's who in music including Al Green,

Josh Turner, Keyshia Cole, John Rich (Big & Rich), Santana and Mint Condition. His latest album “The

Point of It All” debuted at #1 on the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums Chart & #11 on the Billboard 200.

Musiq Soulchild has sold over 5 million records which have included 2 platinum albums, 2 gold albums

and 7 hit singles. He was introduced to the world in 2000 with his platinum debut album, Aijuswanaseing

 

(I Just Want to Sing), which included the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop single, “Just Friends”. Musiq’s

second single, “Love”, spent 22 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. He has gone on to release four

more albums including his latest On My Radio which was released in December of 2008. The album

debuted at number 11 on the Billboard 200 chart selling between 91,498-91,923 copies its first week. In

its second week, the album was #1 on the Top R&B Albums chart. All of this talent, hard work, and

determination have allowed Musiq to flourish into one of the few R&B soulful artists that still exist.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 
For more information:
Jocelyn Twist, TWIST
314-863-3033 x219
 
CIRCUS FLORA TO PRESENT THRILLING ALL NEW 23RD SEASON PRODUCTION "MEDRANO"
 
ST. LOUIS / April 9, 2009
Circus Flora - St. Louis' beloved one-ring, European-style circus - will take its audience on an exciting adventure to Paris, at the height of the 19th Century in its all-new production "Medrano." The air-conditioned red and white big top tent, with its theater style bucket seats is situated in the heart of Grand Center, adjacent to Powell Hall (corner of Grand Blvd. and Samuel Shepard Dr.). Circus Flora continues to provide St. Louisians with one of the most affordable and engaging entertainment options of the year, with tickets starting at just $8 and where no seat is further than 42 feet from the ring. The 26-performance engagement opens Friday, June 4 and runs through Sunday, June 21. Show times are Tuesday through Thursday at 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m.; Sunday at 1 and 5 p.m. and special Little Top Wednesday’s at 10:00 a.m.  Also, new this year is will be a “Peanut Free Preview” on Thursday, June 4 and “BBQ with The Performers” at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 14.
Entitled "Medrano," this season’s production is a tribute to the magical spirit of the circus taking place in the famous and exhilarating atmosphere of the Medrano in Paris. More than just a circus building, the Medrano served not only as a home to the most amazing circus performers of the day but to prolific artists, cabaret dancers, writers, musicians, political exiles, Russian spies, gypsies and diplomats; where high society met and mingled with circus acts. Great painters such as Renoir, Degas, and most of all Lautrec immortalized the atmosphere of the Medrano. It was a place where the excitement of the circus was interspersed with romance and international intrigue.
With this being Circus Flora’s 23rd year; it has certainly become a unique St. Louis tradition while garnering national accolades for its fusion of contemporary theater techniques with classic circus skills and artistry. The amazing Circus Flora performers will showcase their world-class artistry through heart- stopping aerial acts, amazing
 
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equestrian feats, a cavalcade of clowns and gravity-defying acrobatics - all while playing a part in the storyline.
Under the guidance of Theater Director Cecil MacKinnon, this year’s production will be highlighted by exciting new acts integrated with beloved returning performers, whose new roles are anticipated by loyal Circus Flora followers every season. MacKinnon will reprise the integral role as featured performer Yo-Yo, narrating the storyline of “Medrano” which includes a beautiful, mysterious performer who steals the heart of an aristocratic spy, determined to unlock the secret of who she is. 
Making his Circus Flora debut this year is Terry Crane who has wowed audiences worldwide with his breathtaking vertical rope act. Terry’s unique blend of aerial acrobatics, dance and theatrics are sure to bring a new exciting twist to this seasons show. Also new to the company, gallops in the Cossack Riding troupe, “Riders of the Ring,” featuring Omar Chinibekov who hails from a family dynasty of dzhigit’s (daring riders). Omar and his troupe will perform their death-defying stunts over and under horses while at full gallop around the ring. And back, after a six year hiatus from Circus Flora, hysterically funny Johnny Peers & the Muttsville Comix, one of the country’s favorite comedy dog acts. Johnny’s menagerie of shelter rescued dogs have been featured on “Late Night with David Letterman,” Regis and Kathy Lee,” and “Seinfeld.”
Also returning to Circus Flora is: Sasha Alexandre Nevidonski, with his sensational aerial-silks equestrian act; Giovanni Zoppé as hilarious Nino the Clown and the amazing hula hoop performer, Alesya Goulevich.  And, performing high above the audience once again are beloved Circus Flora favorites: the legendary Flying Wallendas with their ever-evolving high wire act and the heart-stopping flying trapeze team, The Flying Pages. Of course, Circus Flora’s fantastic company would not be complete without its youth circus troupe, the St. Louis Arches.
Tickets for “Medrano” range from $8 - $36.    They are available at all Metrotix outlets; by phone through 314-534-1111; and online at metrotix.com. For more information and for group discounts, contact Circus Flora at 314-289-4040.  For additional show and cast information, visit the website www.circusflora.org.

 

 

 

TICKETS FOR MARY POPPINS

WILL GO ON SALE APRIL 26 at 10 A.M.

 

PERFORMANCES BEGIN AUGUST 13

FOR 3 WEEKS AT THE FOX THEATRE

                               

           

            April 8, 2009 / ST. LOUIS, MO – Disney Theatrical Productions and Fox Associates have announced that tickets for the St. Louis premiere of Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s MARY POPPINS featuring original Broadway stars Ashley Brown and Gavin Lee will go on sale to the public on Sunday, April 26 at 10 a.m.   Tickets will be available at the Fox Theatre box office and all MetroTix outlets.  Tickets may be purchased online at www.metrotix.com or by calling 314-534-1111.  KEZK’s Ed Goodman will be at the Fox Theatre box office where the first 102 ticket buyers will receive MARY POPPINS merchandise.  Broadway’s perfectly magical musical will begin performances at the Fox Theatre on Thursday, August 13 for a limited engagement of three weeks through Sunday, August 30. 

            MARY POPPINS, a co-production by Disney and Cameron Mackintosh, recouped its entire Broadway investment in 52 weeks and firmly established itself as the most popular show from the 2006-2007 theatrical season.  Consistently among the top-grossing shows on Broadway, the production celebrated its two-year anniversary at the New Amsterdam Theatre on November 16, 2008. 

            Based on P.L. Traver’s cherished stories and the classic 1964 Walt Disney film, MARY POPPINS features the Academy Award®-winning music and lyrics of Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman.  The stage production was created, in collaboration with Cameron Mackintosh, by Academy-Award®-winning screenwriter Julian Fellowes, who wrote the book, and the Olivier Award-winning team of George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, who composed new songs and additional music and lyrics. 

            Olivier Award-winning director Richard Eyre leads the MARY POPPINS creative team, with co-direction and choreography by Tony® and Olivier Award winner Matthew Bourne.  MARY POPPINS features set and costume design by Tony Award® winner Bob Crowley, co-choreography by Olivier Award winner Stephen Mear, lighting design by Howard Harrison, orchestrations by William David Brohn, music supervision by David Caddick, and music direction by Brad Haak. 

            In St. Louis, MARY POPPINS will play Tuesday through Friday evenings at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 & 8 p.m.; and Sunday at 1 p.m.  There will be performances on Sunday, August 16 and 23 at 6:30 p.m.  There is also a Thursday matinee on August 27 at 1 p.m.  Ticket prices range from $28 to $75 and are subject to change.  There are also VIP Ticket Packages available for $130 on select performances; which include premium seating and a complimentary souvenir program.  Orders for groups of twenty (20) or more may be placed now by calling 314/535-2900.

            The St. Louis engagement of MARY POPPINS is presented by arrangement with Fox Associates and is a subscription offering of the U.S. Bank Broadway Series.

 

                                                                    

National Press Representative:                                                         Local Press Representative:

Scott A. Hemerling                                                                                Erin Bruns, Fox Theatre

214 West 42nd Street                                                                             539 N. Grand Blvd.Suite 300

New York, NY  10036                                                                          St. Louis, MO  63103

Telephone:  212.703.1080                                                                       Telephone:  314.534.1678

Facsimile:  954.212.2483                                                                        E-mail: erinb@foxstl.com 

 

Broadway & family shows coming to the Fox Theatre in June include “RENT” for a week-long engagement and will stop here for 4 shows.Show information is included below and photos are attached.
 
RENT
June 2-7, 2009
Performances are:  Tuesday-Friday at 8pm; Saturday at 2pm & 8pm; and Sunday at 2pm & 7:30pm
Fabulous Fox Theatre – 527 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63103
Tickets are available at the Fox Theatre box office and through MetroTix at 314/534-1111 or online at www.metrotix.com. 
For pricing information, visit www.fabulousfox.com. 
 
RENT is the classic musical about love, friendship and community, and the seventh longest-running show in Broadway history.  Now, RENT is coming to St. Louis in a new touring production starring original Broadway cast members Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp!  Over the course of its groundbreaking 12-year New York run, RENT transformed the definition of musical theater – and changed Broadway forever.  Set in NYC’s East Village, RENT is a modern take on the classic Puccini opera, La Boheme.  It tells the unforgettable story of a group of young artists learning to survive, falling in love, finding their voices and living for today. 

DORA THE EXPLORER LIVE! Search for the City of Lost Toys
June 12-13, 2009
Performances are Friday at 7pm; Saturday at 11am, 2pm & 5pm 
Fabulous Fox Theatre – 527 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63103
Tickets are available at the Fox Theatre box office and through MetroTix at 314/534-1111 or online at www.metrotix.com. 
For pricing information, visit www.fabulousfox.com. 
 
Come on!  ¡Vámonos!  Nickelodeon's Dora the Explorer returns to the stage in DORA THE EXPLORER LIVE!  Everyone's favorite Latina heroine stars in her own live adventure in "Search for the City of Lost Toys."  Dora, along with Boots, Swiper and all her friends, needs the help of the audience to solve puzzles and overcome obstacles to find her lost teddy bear.   Come sing along and learn a little Spanish too!  It's an exciting musical for the whole family!
 
I’ve attached a photo from Dora the Explorer LIVE.  Please use the credit & caption below. 
Dora toys 01:  Susan Oliveras as Dora the Explorer. 


Wednesday, June 10
At the Fabulous Fox Theatre!
ALL SEATS $35!!
           
 
O.A.R. will be bringing their critically acclaimed live show to St. Louis this summer. The band just announced that they will hit the road on the “This Town Tour,” kicking off June 5th. O.A.R. recently released their second single from All Sides their sixth studio album, entitled “This Town,” and have now joined a select group of artists (Pink, Jason Mraz, and Katy Perry) with two songs in the Top 40 at Hot AC. “Shattered” continues to chart on HOT AC and is the group’s first-ever single to be certified Gold by the RIAA.
 
Eleven years after the group’s first release, O.A.R. has come to stand for authentic rock music that reflects the collective triumphs and tragedies we all experience in this world: Real people making real music that resounds deeply with their fans. Hailed as one of the best live bands on the planet, O.A.R. has built a rabid following and a well-deserved reputation as a must- see band when they come to town.
 
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PHISH
 
Tuesday, June 167:30 pm
LIVE at the Fox Theatre!
SOLD OUT !!
 
Phish will launch its first summer tour in five years. Yesterday the band resumed rehearsals, which began in November, in preparation for the upcoming shows. Formed at the University of Vermont in 1983, Phish quickly became renowned for its live performances. “Phish offers something rare in pop: a long, complex, and completely different show every night,” said the Village Voice. The GRAMMY®-nominated band became one of the top touring groups in the U.S. and, by 1998, Rolling Stone had proclaimed Phish the most important band of the decade. Phish – comprising guitarist/vocalist Trey Anastasio, drummer Jon Fishman, bassist Mike Gordon and keyboardist Page McConnell – has released 11 studio albums, five concert videos and a series of 44 complete live concert CDs, including 13 on its own JEMP Records. In addition, the band offers a selection of 88 full concert downloads at livephish.com. LivePhish.com is Phish’s digital download store and has been widely hailed as one of the first band sites to offer high-quality, unedited soundboard recordings of full concerts. For more information please visit http://www.phish.com .
 
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Ticket Information:
Purchase tickets at the Fox Box Office,
MetroTix outlets or by calling 314/534-1111. 
Order tickets online at www.metrotix.com.


 

       HotCity Theatre Presents       Cockeyed
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Winner of HotCity's 2008 New Play Festival, Cockeyed follows the frenzied journey of one man's attempt to find the woman of his dreams. Phil, an average guy with an average job falls madly in love with Sophia, the boss's beautiful secretary. The only problem - she can't see him.
 
Is Phil caught in some kind of parallel universe? Does Phil really exist or is he a figment of a co-worker's imagination? Is Phil's degree in Philosophy the problem?
 
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It's an outrageous existential farce of modern love, zany office politics and how we go through life not seeing what is literally right under our noses!
 
 
When:
May 15th through May 30th  
Thursdays, Fridays - 8pm
Saturdays - 3pm and 8pm
Sundays - 7pm  
 
Where:
The Kranzberg Arts Center - in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Building 501 N. Grand in Grand Center 

CAST:
Adam Flores - Phil
Jennifer Nitzband - Sophia
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Tyler Vickers - Marley
Paul Pagano - Norman  
 
Ticket Info:
General Admission tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for seniors (62+). 
$15 Student Rush Tickets available 10 minutes before show time.
 
Preview tickets on May 14th are $15. Group discounts are available
 

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Production finalist and schedule have been announced
Friday, 8pm - Spake, by David L. Williams
 
Saturday, 6pm -Mother Bear, by Jayme McGhan

Saturday, 8:30pm - The Sinker, by Jami Brandli
 
Sunday, 2pm - Green Whales, by Lia Romeo

Sunday, 4pm - Dreams of the Washer King
by Christopher Wall
 

 
The William A. Kerr Foundation is offering a $2500 challenge grant for Cockeyed! If we raise $2500 by June 1st, any donation is matched 100%. Give us a little much needed stimulus when you buy your tickets.
 
  
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The St. Louis Cockeyed Workshop with William Downs was sponsored by the Whitaker Foundation.
 
 
For questions email John Armstrong at jarmstrong@hotcitytheatre.org 
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SEASON TICKETS ON SALE MARCH 28!

The Muny Celebrates 91 Seasons In Forest Park

Season Tickets for The Muny’s 91st spectacular season in Forest Park go on sale Saturday, March 28, 9:00 am.

The 2009 season features 7 Muny-sized musicals, showcasing elaborate sets and costumes, the outstanding

Muny ensemble, and the country’s largest resident musical theatre orchestra. Beginning at $49 for all seven

shows, Season Tickets assure you reserved seats, even in the event of a sold-out performance. To purchase

Season Tickets by phone, call (314) 361-1900 extension 550, or order online at www.muny.org. The Muny Box

Office is now open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturday. 
Here is the 2009 line-up…bigger & better than ever!

42ND STREET June 15 - 22

ANNIE (2 additional performances) June 22 30

MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS July 6 - 12

GODSPELL July 13 - 19

THE MUSIC MAN July 20 - 26

CAMELOT July 27 - August 2

HAIRSPRAY (Muny Premiere!) August 3 9

Season Ticket buyers will enjoy their usual priority seating for ANNIE from June 22 – 28. All additional performances (June 29 30) are non-subscribed, and offer terrific seating opportunities for groups.

The Muny’s group sales office offers a 20% discount for groups of 20 or more, and is taking orders now. For

more information or to make reservations, call (314) 361-1900, extension 308.

Single tickets will be available beginning Saturday, May 30 at The Muny Box Office in Forest Park. For more

information, call (314) 361-1900 or visit www.muny.org

NEW LINE THEATRE CALLS FOR
SUBMISSIONS OF MATERIAL FOR THE NEW MUSICAL THEATRE PIECE, "RUSH LIMBAUGH SAVES THE WORLD"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
New Line Theatre, "the Bad Boy of Musical Theatre," announces another new project, this time a collaborative musical theatre piece about American politics and culture at this amazing, transformational moment in our history. "Rush Limbaugh Saves the World" will open New Line's 20th season in the fall of 2010, as part of the 2010 St. Louis Political Theatre Festival. Full details are at www.newlinetheatre.com/rushpage.html
 
New Line Theatre seeks submissions of smart, original, dynamic scenes and songs for a new musical theatre piece focusing on Rush Limbaugh as a snapshot or crystallization of this moment in American culture. The chosen pieces will be assembled into the full-length musical, "Rush Limbaugh Saves the World," to be produced in fall 2010 for a four-week run.
 
Submitted scenes and songs can be about Rush himself, about political discourse in America, about the cultural impact of conservative talk radio, or any other related themes. They can be in any style, from any perspective, though we prefer pieces that are active, that contain action or change, that take the audience on a journey of some kind. They can be serious or comic, straightforward or satiric. They can be entirely about Rush or they can use Rush as a point of entry into politics, pop culture, talk radio, etc. New Line is interested in provocative, insightful, thoughtful submissions, not simplistic attacks, and nothing that could be considered blatantly untrue or slanderous will be chosen. No submission should be longer than 10-15 minutes at most. No previously published material will be accepted. Adult language and content are not a problem. The show will be modeled in part on concept musicals like Company, Assassins, Jacques Brel, The Cradle Will Rock, and Songs for a New World. 
 
The show will be assembled and shaped by New Line artistic director Scott Miller and writer-director Todd Schaefer. Each piece selected for the show will receive an equal share of the royalty and will retain rights to their work outside the context of the New Line show, but New Line will retain non-exclusive rights to the material chosen, allowing for a later production by New Line, or for licensed productions by other companies if there is interest (with all the authors still getting royalties). Authors may submit more than one piece, and we may select more than one piece from a single author. In some cases, the pieces may be changed or edited somewhat in the process of shaping the final show, and the order and context of the pieces will be the decisions of Miller and Schaefer. Submission of material will be considered an author's permission to use and/or alter that material.
 
Submitted songs should include a recording and fully notated piano/vocal music. The show will use a small band but instrumental arrangements are not necessary. For more info on the project, visit www.newlinethaetre.com/rushpage.html
 
Deadline for submissions is August 31, 2009. We prefer that materials be submitted electronically to NewChaz64@aol.com or they can be mailed to:
Scott Miller
New Line Theatre
3802-A Keokuk Street
St. Louis, MO 63116
 

New Line Theatre is a professional company dedicated to involving the people of the St. Louis region in the exploration and creation of daring, provocative, socially and politically relevant works of musical theatre. New Line receives funding from the Regional Arts Commission, the Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation, and the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency. The rest of New Line's season includes the hilariously weird rock musical "Return to the Forbidden Planet" April 30-May 23, 2009; and Broadway hit, "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" July 16-August 8, 2009. For other information, visit New Line Theatre's full-service website at www.newlinetheatre.com. All programs are subject to change.

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NEW LINE FEATURED
IN YET ANOTHER DOCUMENTARY,
"ALMOST A LEGEND"
 
The new documentary, "Almost A Legend: The life and lyrics of Fran Landesman," directed by Mia Vuorio-Ringwald, explores the life and career of the famous lyricist who co-owned the famous Crystal Palace right here in Gaslight Square and who wrote lyrics for the Beat musical "The Nervous Set," which New Line Theatre produced in 2004.
 
The documentary features several scenes from New Line's production of "The Nervous Set," alongside music and interviews with Bob Dorough, Carolyn Cassady, Jay Landesman, Simon Wallace, Mark Murphy, Sarah Moule and Gwyneth Herbert, and of course performances by Fran herself.  
 
The film is making the festival rounds and will soon be released on DVD.
 
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ON THE RADIO:
"BREAK A LEG: THEATRE IN ST. LOUIS AND BEYOND"
EVERY WEDNESDAY ON KDHX 88.1 FM
 
Hosted by New Line Theatre board member, actor, and singer Deborah Sharn and New Line artistic director and author Scott Miller, Break a Leg: Theatre in St. Louis and Beyond is a weekly theatre talk show on KDHX 88.1 FM in St. Louis, every Wednesday evening at 7:30. The talk is always lively, intelligent, and in-depth -- the kind you can only get from working theatre artists.

Past guests have included Broadway composers Stephen Schwartz, Adam Guettel, Laurence O'Keefe, Henry Krieger, Rupert Holmes, and Jeanine Tesori; Broadway lyricists Amanda Green and Bill Russell; Broadway legend Barbara Cook; Broadway and film stars Eartha Kitt, Ted Neeley, Ken Page, Andrea Marcovicci, Dee Hoty, Patrick Cassidy, and B.D. Wong; Broadway actors Doug Storm, Deven May, Marin Mazzie, and Norbert Leo Butz; Broadway and cabaret stars Liz Callaway, Judy Kaye, Debbie Gravitte, and Craig Rubano; New York cabaret legend Steve Ross; Broadway producer Rocco Landesman; playwright Eve Ensler; the legendary stage director Anne Bogart; former New York Times senior theatre critic Frank Rich, stage, screen, and TV star John Astin; comedian and Broadway star Jackie Mason; plus other visiting actors and directors, cast members from current Broadway and off Broadway hits, and local writers, actors, directors, designers, critics, and more. 

Just in the last few months, "Break a Leg" has spotlighted West End Players Guild, The Tin Ceiling, New Jewish Theatre, The Rep, Mustard Seed Theatre, St. Louis Actors Studio, Stray Dog Theatre, The Black Rep, HotCity Theatre, The Orange Girls, The Lyceum Theatre, Hawthorne Players, The Immediacy Theatre Project, St. Louis Shakespeare, and lots of other great local companies.
 
It's the only show in town where working theatre artists interview working theatre artists. Don't miss Break a Leg, every Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m., part of the KDHX Art Block, followed each week by the KHDX Arts Calendar and Nancy Kranzberg's Arts Interviews.  Streaming audio is available for recent shows online at the KDHX website, at http://www.kdhx.org/programs/breakaleg.htm.
 
For more info on the show and a list of past guests back to 2001, go to http://www.newlinetheatre.com/breakpast.
 
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JOIN THE ST. LOUIS THEATRE
DISCUSSION GROUP
 
More than 700 local theatre lovers are online talking about local theatre -- through the original St. Louis Theatre Discussion Group, started by New Line in 1999 to share news and discussions about shows, auditions, and anything else of interest to the local theatre community. It's free to join -- just go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/newlinetheatre/


THE OUTRAGEOUS ROCK MUSICAL
"RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET"
FUSES SCI-FI AND CLASSIC ROCK & ROLL

ST. LOUIS . . . New Line Theatre, "the Bad Boy of Musical Theatre," continues its eighteenth season of provocative, adult, alternative musical theatre with the St. Louis premiere of the outrageous sci-fi, rock and roll musical, Bob Carlton's RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET, running April 30-May 23, 2009, at New Line's new home, the Washington University South Campus Theatre (formerly the old CBC High School), 6501 Clayton Road, just east of Big Bend. Like past New Line shows Urinetown and Bat Boy, this is one of the silliest shows about important things St. Louis has ever seen -- like a crazy cocktail of Rocky Horror and Star Trek -- and we know audiences will have a blast sharing this smart, subversive piece of rock theatre with us.
 ST. LOUIS . . . , "the Bad Boy of ," continues its eighteenth season of provocative, adult, alternative musical theatre with the St. Louis premiere of the outrageous sci-fi, rock and roll musical, Bob Carlton's RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET, running -May 23, 2009, at New Line's new home, the Washington University South Campus Theatre (formerly the old CBC ), 6501 Clayton Road, just east of . Like past New Line shows  and , this is one of the silliest shows about important things St. Louis has ever seen -- like a crazy cocktail of and -- and we know audiences will have a blast sharing this smart, subversive with us.
 
Ever feel like our world is getting more dangerous every day? Like technology is advancing faster than our ability to control it? If so, you're not alone. So come back to the future with us! The future of the 1950s, that is, when the atomic bomb had everyone scared of Mad Scientists and the ever lurking dangers of Science Run Amok. Fear was one of the main staples of 1950s sci-fi -- fear of science, fear of sex, fear of the Russians, fear of The Bomb. It was a time when the most innocent lab experiments could result in giant monster bugs and mutated humans... or so the movies told us... And the only thing Americans feared more than Russia and the atom was rock and roll...

This quirky, rowdy musical throws together 1950s science fiction, some fake Shakespeare (we call it "Fakespeare"), and the muscle and untamed sexuality of early rock and roll. The show's score includes “Wipe Out” (1963), “It's a Man's Man's Man's World” (1966), “Great Balls of Fire” (1957), “Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood” (1964), “Good Vibrations” (1966), “The Shoop Shoop Song” (1963), “I'm Gonna Change the World” (1965), “A Teenager in Love” (1960), “Young Girl” (1968), “She's Not There” (1964), “Shakin' All Over” (1960), “Gloria” (1964), “Who's Sorry Now” (1958), “Tell Him” (1962), “Robot Man” (1959), “Shake, Rattle, and Roll” (1954), “Go Now” (1964), “Only the Lonely” (1960), “Mister Spaceman” (1967), and “The Monster Mash” (1962).
 
For more about the show, visit www.newlinetheatre.com/rttfppage.html

"Return to the Forbidden Planet" won the 1990 Olivier Award (the British Tony Award) for Best Musical, beating out Miss Saigon. Don't ask us how it works; it just does. The show takes the audience on a routine survey flight under the command of Captain Tempest and his crew, as their spaceship is drawn mysteriously to the planet D'Illyria where rogue scientist Dr. Prospero and his lovely daughter Miranda are marooned, along with Prospero's trusty robot, Ariel. Oh yeah, and an Id Monster. Rock and roll ensues.

The New Line cast includes Zachary Allen Farmer (Dr. Prospero), Michael Amoroso (Capt. Tempest), Tara Lawton (Miranda), Nikki Glenn (Science Officer), Philip Leveling (Bosun), Ted Drury (Cookie), Scott Tripp (Ariel), Kimi Short (Navigation Officer), Mike Dowdy (Ship's Engineer), and Tawaine Noah (Weapons Officer). The show is directed by Scott Miller, with choreography by Robin Michelle Berger, sets by David Carr and Jeffery Brekel, costumes by Betsy Krausnick, and lighting by Hans Fredrickson. The New Line Blogs, chronicling the creation process, are at www.newlinetheatre.com/blogs.html.

New Line Theatre is a professional company dedicated to involving the people of the St. Louis region in the exploration and creation of daring, provocative, socially and politically relevant works of musical theatre. New Line receives funding from the Regional Arts Commission, the Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation, and the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency. The New Line season will close this summer with the first St. Louis production of "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," July 16-August 8, 2009. For more about New Line, visit www.newlinetheatre.com.

RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET runs April 30-May 23, Thursday through Saturday evenings, at 8:00 p.m. April 30 is a preview. Performances are at the Washington University South Campus Theatre (formerly the old CBC High School), 6501 Clayton Road, just east of Big Bend (this is not on the main Wash.U. campus). All seating is general admission. For Thursday night performances, tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. On Friday and Saturday nights, tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. Tickets are on sale now through all Metrotix outlets, including Macy's stores, the Fox Theatre, and select Schnucks stores, or by calling 314-534-1111. "Forbidden Planet" contains adult content and language.
 
NEW EDUCATORS DISCOUNT: New Line now offers all currently employed educators half price tickets on any Thursday night, with work ID or other proof of employment. Not valid in connection with other discounts or offers, available only at the door, and subject to availability.

NEW MILITARY DISCOUNT: New Line now offers all active duty military personnel half price tickets on any Thursday night, with ID or other proof of active duty status. Not valid in connection with other discounts or offers, available only at the door, and subject to availability.

New Line also continues to offer the College Free Seats, ten seats put aside for every performance, free to anyone with a valid college student ID, one ticket per ID. The Free Seats will be available at the theatre box office, from 7:00 p.m. to 7:55 p.m. on performance nights only.

For other information, visit New Line Theatre's full-service website at www.newlinetheatre.com. All programs are subject to change.



WEBSTER UNIVERSITY FILM SERIES

AND NEW LINE THEATRE
PRESENT THE NEW DOCUMENTARY
"HAIR: LET THE SUN SHINE IN" 


ST. LOUIS, MO . . . New Line Theatre, "the Bad Boy of Musical Theatre," co-presents with the Webster University Film Series the new documentary, "Hair: Let the Sun Shine In," April 17 and 19 at 7:00 p.m. Award-winning filmmaker Pola Rappaport’s documentary excavates the origins of this culturally transformative theatre work, including interviews with co-creator James Rado and original cast members, as well as abundant and rare archival footage. The result is a delectable deconstruction of a musical that defined an era, a generation and its politics. New Line artistic director Scott Miller, author of the book "Let the Sun Shine In: The Genius of Hair," is also featured in the film and will be on hand at the screenings.
 
The screening is particularly timely in this political climate and after New Line's critically acclaimed production of Hair this past fall. Since its overwhelming success on Broadway forty years ago, Hair has inspired generations with its messages of love, non-violence and liberation. This definitive and entertaining documentary highlights the continuing relevance of the show and its still radical, transformative power with a wealth of archival footage covering US and international productions. With the US again mired in a prolonged and unpopular war, Hair: Let the Sun Shine In documents how a new generation is inspired by its cry for peace, love and change. The efforts of author and co-creator Jim Rado to bring Hair’s vibrant energy and fantastic score to life once again merges with historical interviews and new segments featuring Milos Forman, Keith Carradine, Ben Vereen, Tim Curry, Melba Moore, Tom O’Horgan, Michael Butler and others from the original productions.
 
For more info about the screenings, visit http://www.websteruniv.edu/filmseries/content.html#hair.
 
For more info about the film, visit http://www.blindinglightfilms.com/Hair/home.htm
 
For background and analysis of the show, visit New Line's website at http://www.newlinetheatre.com/hairpage.html

New Line Theatre is a professional company dedicated to involving the people of the St. Louis region in the exploration and creation of daring, provocative, socially and politically relevant works of musical theatre. New Line receives funding from the Regional Arts Commission, the Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation, and the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency. New Line's season continues with the outrageous rock musical "Return to the Forbidden Planet," April 30-May 23, and the first St. Louis production of "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," July 16-August 8, 2009. For more about New Line, go to www.newlinetheatre.com

The Webster Film Series is a year-round program that prides itself in being the most comprehensive alternative film series in the St. Louis area. Now in its 29th year of operation, the Series offers a premiere film almost every weekend and frequently screens classic cinema on weeknights as well. The Webster Film Series offers the newest in independent features and documentaries, avant-garde, animation, retrospectives and short works, not to mention the latest in world cinema. Webster has become the host site for many international tours and continues to be the only venue in the area that regularly hosts artists working in film. The Webster University Film Series receives funding from the Regional Arts Commission; the Arts and Education Council of Greater St. Louis; and the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency. For more information call 314-968-7487.
 
'Hair: Let the Sun Shine In" will be screened in the Winifred Moore Auditorium in Webster Hall, 470 E. Lockwood on the Webster University Campus, at 7:00 p.m. on April 17 and 19, 2009. Tickets are $6.00 for the general public; $5.00 for seniors, Webster alumni and students from other schools; $4.00 for Webster University staff and faculty; and free for Webster students with proper I.D. Advance tickets are available from the Film Series office (Webster Hall - Room 223a) or at the box office before each screening.

For other information, visit New Line Theatre's full-service website at www.newlinetheatre.com. All programs are subject to change.




Subject: Best entertainment bargain in Midwest is Dance St. Louis May event

Where can someone spend only $10 for a live show that features some of the world’s best dancers gathered together from 10 states and performing everything from hip-hop to cutting-edge ballet? Only one place in the whole Midwest:  SPRING TO DANCE FESTIVAL 2009 at the Touhill Performing Arts Center on Memorial Day weekend starting Thursday, May 21 and running through Saturday, May 23. Yes, its back, and with a ticket price that’s even more welcome in these tough economic times!
 
- Barbara
Barbara MacRobie
Public Relations ManagerDance St. Louis
3547 Olive Street
St. Louis, MO 63103
314.289.4108
CELL 314.435.7052
FAX 314-534-5001

 

 
 
 
 Important News From AFL 
Dear AFL Supporter:
 
As I am sure that you are aware, the current economy has had a devastating effect on just about every aspect of our society. As always, the ARTS have not been immune… We at ARTS FOR LIFE, are attempting to minimize the impact that the economy has on our continuing mission to support and promote local community theatre. Our plan this year was to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Best Performance Awards in grand style with a red carpet event at the Ferrara Theatre in downtown St. Louis . However, due to the lack of sales of corporate boxes to the event, we have been forced to move to our preverbal plan B. We will keep the event on Sunday June 28th, but we will be moving it to a slightly smaller venue, the Sheldon Concert Hall. The good news is, that although the venue is smaller, the event will be just as grand! We have a very capable production staff working around the clock to insure that this event is as memorable as ever!
 
Despite rising costs, we have managed to keep the regular ticket price to $35 per person ($30 per person discounted price if you buy through your theatre group). We have extended the discounted theatre group price deadline to May 15th.
 
This year we are offering Premium Seating tickets at $100 per person ($75 for groups of 10 or more). These tickets will help to defray most of the cost of the event and will help to fund some of the new charitable programs in which AFL is engaged. Each Premium ticket will have a tax deductible value of $40. Premium tickets will be available for purchase through June 5th. We do hope that some of you will consider supporting AFL for all they have done to present the Best Performance Awards, uninterrupted for ten years, by purchasing a Premium ticket.
 
Please join us for all the excitement at the Sheldon on June 28th as we celebrate 10 years of excellence in Community Theatre in the St. Louis Metroplitan area!
Arts For Life Board of Trustees
 
  

 
 
For five weekends in April and May, the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts becomes home to an innovative theatre program in which former prisoners use the exploration of art and theatre to help develop skills for their future lives and employment.
A collaboration between the Pulitzer, Prison Performing Arts, Employment Connection, and the Performing Arts Department at Washington University in St. Louis, this program presents short theatrical pieces written and performed by former prisoners and formerly homeless veterans, and inspired by their interactions with works of art featured in the Pulitzer’s Old Masters exhibition.
The participants are all graduates of Employment Connection, the region’s foremost workforce development agency assisting former inmates. In a six-week class guided by Prison Performing Arts director Agnes Wilcox, the actors have explored Old Masters and their histories, and honed their writing, movement, voice and diction, and performance abilities. Concurrently, specialized classes through Employment Connection assist them in bridging their work in class to the development of employment and life skills.  In addition, Washington University students from the Performing Arts Department, the Department of English, and the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts, as well as faculty from the Performing Arts Department collaborated with the actors to foster a mutually-beneficial learning environment, an open atmosphere, and a supportive, team-building experience.
These one-of-a-kind performances will showcase the actors’ creative imaginations, their observations about the artworks, and their newfound theatrical20skills. You are also invited to follow along with the process of these theatre pieces’ development: this website features one-on-one interviews with the program’s students; glimpses into Agnes Wilcox’s unique classes; explorations of works of art in the Old Masters exhibition (by both students at Pulitzer staff); and information about Prison Performing Arts, Employment Connection, and the Pulitzer Foundation’s ongoing efforts to build bridges and welcome a diverse audience.
Performances are open to the public and free of charge.  Audience members will join the actors, and follow them throughout the galleries as they perform in front of the artwork.
Due to the intimate setting, each performance group will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.  Audience members are encouraged to come early or stay for the next performance, if the previous has already been filled. For further information call: 314.754.1860.
Remaining Performances
 Saturday, May 2
6:30pm and 7:30pm
 Sunday, May 3
1:30pm and 2:30pm
Theatre Group Contacts & Volunteers are encouraged to attend the May 3rd performance & wrap party to socialize with the students and give them their perspective on theatre in St. Louis and encourage them to get involved. 

                      Kay Love
Saturday, May 9  8:00pm at The Kranzberg
On the heels of her sold-out debut show,
Kay Love returns to The Kranzberg on Saturday, May 9.
                                              --Jim Dolan
But First, Love
Neal Richardson, Music Director
Lina Koutrakos, Director
Kay Love
    The St. Louis cabaret flag adds a star as Kay Love returns to The Kranzberg with her solo cabaret debut, "But First, Love." The show mixes Great American Songbook and stage classics with lesser-known songs of prominent songwriters including Karla Bonoff, John Bucchino, Amanda McBroom and William Bolcom.

     The show also features St. Louis favorite Neal Richardson as musical director. Lina Koutrakos, an award-winning cabaret artist based in New York, is the show's director.

     If Ms. Love's sold-out inaugural show was any indication, you don't want to wait to get your tickets.  

   Ms. Love has appeared in dozens of local stage productions including the MUNY, and is a 7-time Arts for Life Award winner. She has been featured in St. Louis Cabaret Conferences and New York's Summer in the City. Kay has also appeared at Carnegie Hall with the St Louis Symphony Chorus. She is one of the founding members of The Jeweltones, an all-woman singing group, who perform in regional concerts and benefits.

 "Kay Love is delightful ... with an easy and winning voice and a style that captures the vivacity and charm of the character"  
                                                -Mark Bretz, KDHX
 
"(Kay) Love... sings the challenging Sondheim tunes with style and élan"
                                                -Mark Bretz, KDHX
 
"Kay Love personifies the icy sophistication and regret of Phyllis. There is no guesswork in her sardonic Could I Leave You?" 
                                            -Nancy Crouse, KDHX

Kay Love will be appearing in the Avalon Theatre Company's production of Quilters beginning April 16, 2009. That production is sponsored and hosted by the Missouri History Museum.
Produced by
The Presenters Dolan

For Tickets/Reservations, Go To
www.LicketyTix.com

or call 314-725-4200 EXT 10


The THEATRE GUILD OF WEBSTER GROVES
presents
 Twleve Angry Jurors by Sherman Sergel, 
May 1-3, 7-9 
Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8pm and
Sundays at 2pm.
Directed by Ginny Austerman. 
Convening after a six-day trial, twelve jurors must decide the guilt or the innocence of a troubled youth. The tension grows as the group disagrees and personal attacks are made.
Tickets $15 and $12 for seniors/students.(No Performance on Mothers Day) For further info, call 314-962-0876 or check our web site at  www.theaterguildwg.org. The theater is located at 517 Theater Lane.  (corner of Newport and Summit)
 
(Left to right) Deb Dennert, Milo Gitchus, Charlie Milburn, and  Jeffrey Berkiglee rehearse
ACT II Community Theatre
presents
GREETINGS!
by Tom Du dzick

Show Dates are May 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17
Friday and Saturday Shows 8 p.m.
 Sundays 2 p.m. Matinee



All Performances are held at the St. Peters Community & Arts Center
THE PLAY

  Andy has a sweet Catholic mother, a sour Catholic father and an autistic younger brother named Mickey. When he brings his Jewish atheist fiancé to meet the folks on Christmas Eve, his worst fears about family blow-ups are realized. A warm, hilarious, touching and endearing visit to a family blessed with a miracle. It is delightful from start to finish. The comic one-liners are rattled off with machine-gun precision, but there is also breathing room, especially in Act Two, to let some weighty philosophy sink in. It’s easy to be swept into what we know couldn’t possibly be happening and be totally enthralled with it all “Greetings!” is a comedy, a domestic drama, a fantasy and the kind of play that comes along all too rarely.
ACT II is pleased to announce the following members of the cast for GREETINGS!  We are pleased to have their talents as part of our production, and look forward to their performance.

Andy Gorski - Michael Braeuninger
Randi Stein - Amanda Magoffin
Mickey Gorski - Sean Simpson
Phil Gorski - Bill Fix
Emily Gorski - Karen Burton
Tickets $15, Seniors and Students $12
FREE ADMISSION for Active Duty Military with ID
For more info or ticket sales visit
www.act2theater.com, or call 636-219-0150



Three-Legged Cabaret: 
Anna Blair – John Flack – Mark Kraft – Katie McGrath
“It Was A Very Good Year!”
 
Dates: May 20 & 21, 2009       Time:  8:00pm
 
The Bistro At Grand Center
3536 Washington Ave
St Louis, MO 63103
Located just East of the Fox Theater
 
TICKETS: $20 General Seating
Order Tickets online: www.ThreeLegged.Org
Or purchase by phone at 1-800-838-3006
(Cash & Checks only at the door)
 
Seasons of the year? Seasons of life? Songs of all seasons fill the air as Anna, John, Mark & Katie combine musical forces in this Three-Legged Productions event!
 
Music Director: Ron Bryant
 
A portion of ticket sales will be donated to Forest Park Forever, our community partner for this event.
 
Doors open at 6:30pm. 
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Complete your evening: have dinner at The Bistro before the show!!
Call 314.534.3663 for dinner reservations
 
For more information: 
Visit www.ThreeLegged.Org or contact Kevin J. Carpenter: 314.971.1526



Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
Music & Lyrics by  Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newley
Adapted for the Stage by  Tim McDonald
Based on the Book Charlie and The Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Theatre Group: Hard Road Theatre
Audition Dates: April 30 - 6:30pm, May 2 - 10am
Audition Location: Highland Elementary Auditorium, 1800 Lindenthal Ave.
Production Dates: June 25-28
Directed by Paul Kruta & HollieMartin
RENT
By Jonathan Larson
Theatre Group: Take Two Productions
Audition Dates: Monday, May 4 and Tuesday, May 5, 2009,
Time: 6:30 – 9:30 PM  by appointment - call 314-640-7374
Production Dates: August 7-15, 2009
Directed by Gary Long
High School Musical
Theatre Group: Maryland Heights Community Theatre
Audition Dates: Tuesday, May 12 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. or 7:30=2 0p.m. to 8:45 p.m., Thursday, May 14
from 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Callbacks are on Saturday,
May 16 at 3:00 p.m.
Audition Location: Maryland Heights Centre, 2344 McKelvey Road off I-270 & Dorsett Road
Production Dates: July 23, July 24, July 25 & July 26
Directed by Kate Cuba

Oliver!
Theatre Group: Family Musical Theater
Audition Dates: May 15 from 6-8pm, May 16 from 3-6pm, May 17 from 1-4pm
Audition Location: Ivory Theater
Production Dates: July 16-19, 23-26
Directed by Mike Hesser

Once Upon a Mattress
Theatre Group: Hard Road Theatre
Audition Dates: May 16 at 10am & May 18 at 7:30pm
Audition Location: Highland Elementary Auditorium
Production Dates: July 24-26 & July 31 - Aug 2

Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Theatre Group: Hawthorne Players
Audition Dates: May 17 at 1-4pm
Audition Location: Florissant20Civic Center Theater
Production Dates: July 31, August 1,7,8,9
Directed by Anna Blair

Annie
Theatre Group: Christ Memorial Productions
Audition Dates: June 20 & 21 from 2-6pm
Audition Location: Christ Memorial Lutheran Church, 5252 S. Lingbergh, 63126
Production Dates: Sept 18-20, 25-27
Directed by Jim Arnet

Annie
Theatre Group: Alton Little Theater
Audition Dates: Sat, June 13, 10am -12pm, Sun, June 14, 2pm-4pm, Sat, June 20,
10am-12pm
Audition Location: Alton Little Theater Showplace
Production Dates: Sept 18-20, 22-27
Directed by Liz Enloe

The Wizard of Oz
Theatre Group: Over Due Theatre Co & Olivette Parks and Recreation
sponsored Summer Theatre Camp
Audition Dates: June 9, 2009
Audition Location: Olivette Community Center, 9723 Grandview Drive,
Olivette, MO 63132 Production Dates: August 7/8/9/14/15/16, 2009

Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?
By John R. Powers
Theatre Group: Center Stage Theatre at SCC
Audition Dates: 7 p.m. May 19-21, 2009
Production Dates: 8 p.m. July 21-25 and 2 p.m. July 26, 2009
Directed by Lynne Snyder Musical Direction by Gene Ditch

Make Me a Cowboy 
Theatre Group: Theatre Guild of Webster Groves
Audition Dates: 7 -10 p.m. May 26, 2009
Production Dates: July 9-12 & 16-19

J.B. - A Play in Verse
Theatre Group: Destination Theater Co.
Audition Dates: May 18 & 21
Production Dates: July 20 - 25
Crimes of the Heart
Theatre Group: ACT II, Community Theatre
Audition Dates: May 26 & 28
Audition Location: St. Peters Community & Arts Center
Production Dates: August 7-9, 14-16
Directed by Greg Faupel

Get more detailed info at www.ar tsforlife.org
 
Raven Moon - Upcoming Concerts
Friday May 1st from 9PM to Midnight
Molly Darcys
Seven Gables Inn
26 North Meramec
Clayton Mo 63105
314-863-8400
www.mollydarcyspub.com

Sunday May 3rd, 2009
Concert starts at 2PM
Espenschied Chapel
317 County Road Mascoutah IL
1-618-566-7425
www.Espenschiedchapel.org

In Need of a Director for a community theatre production of The Sound of Music.  Auditions will be held on one of the last Saturdays in May  in Belleville, IL.  The show dates are July 30, 31, August 1, 6, 7, & 8 at 7:30pm at Ever & Anon Park in Belleville, IL.  This person must be fair, flexible, committed, easy to work with, and well organized. Please email Stephen Eros, the producer, with any questions regarding  the position.  If you are interested, please email a résumé with all  past experience included to stephenaeros@gmail.com.

Dining Out For Life - April 30th
Thursday, April 30, 2009 is Dining Out for Life in St. Louis to support St. Louis Effort for AIDS.  It is the easiest way to donate to such a wonderful agency.  All you have to do is go out to eat at a participating restaurant and a portion to all of their proceeds for the day will go to St. Louis Effort for AIDS.
 
Katie Wolf and Gary Long of Take Two Productions will be hosting at Café Ventana all day.  Yes all day, so please stop by and see them and have breakfast, lunch or dinner.
 
Cafe Ventana
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Address:
3919 West Pine Boulevard
 
Saint Louis, Missouri
 
63108
 
 
Telephone:
314-531-7500
Fax:
314-531-7502
 
Information:
Business Hours
Sun - Wed • 6:30a – 11:00p
Thu - Sat • 6:30a – Midnight
 
If you can’t make it to Café Ventana please try to support one of the other participating restaurants (list on STLEFA Dining Out or Life link below)
 
Please see the links below for more info. 
 
 
Soundstage presents "Chuckle with Chekov" Three one-acts by Anton Chekhov, translated by Laurence Senelick and directed by Emily Baker. 5/15,16,17, 22,23, 24 (8pm Fri/Sat, 7pm Sun). Cre stwood Plaza ArtSpace,  #214 Crestwood Plaza, on Watson Road St. Louis, MO 63126,(We are located in the movie theater wing at the Dillard's end of the mall) Tickets: $8. Reservations call 314-968-8070 or email soundstage@msn.com. For more info: http://soundstageproductions.net/home.htm
Once Upon A Bash is looking for blonde singing princesses to perform at parties and character visits. Our parties and visits are held in our Maplewood store and in our client's homes mostly on weekends. We are looking for females approximately 18-25 years of age. With the proper gown and wig, you should favor Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, or Tink.
Once Upon A Bash is a children's designer event planning service. We host several parties and princess visits in Creve Coeur, Ladue, Chesterfield, Wildwood, Ballwin, Town & Country, etc. But we have recently opened a storefront in Maplewood where we will be holding the majority of birthday parties and various other events throughout the week. As of now, you would not be asked to commit to any set dates.
If a visit was scheduled on a day you were available, it would be at your discretion as to whether or not you wanted to do it. I would only ask that if you committed, you followed through, of course. There are parties and visits every weekend and clients usually book at least 3 weeks in advance. Princess visits are usually one to two hours and involve singing, dancing, photo op, games, light makeup session, and storytelling. You will be provided with any needed supplies, costumes, shoes, wigs, gloves, music, party guide, etc. You will sometimes have an assistant with you to help out for larger groups.
PAY: Singing princess visits are paid at $40 for the first half hour, and $30 each additional half hour, plus tips, and sometimes travel fees. Should you have more than one visit in a day, pay will reset at $40 with each visit. Promotional events organized by us for the general public are paid at a rate of $40 per hour.
• Please respond via email with a full body shot, head shot, dress size, and height:
info@onceuponabash.com Also please list your singing experience and earliest available start date. Thanks in advance!
Broadway Tidbits
Grammy-winning R&B artist Ashanti will star as Dorothy in the Encores! Summer Stars production of the Charlie Smalls-William F. Brown musical The Wiz at New York City Center. The summer production will mark the stage debut for Ashanti who has appeared on screen in "American Dreams" as Dionne Warwick, as well as "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Coach Carter," "Resident Evil Extinction," "John Tucker Must Die" and "Bride & Prejudice."
Set your Tivo - Don't miss these interviews & performances from Broadway:
"The Late Show with David Letterman"
CBS, late night
  • Thursday, April 30: Hair performance
  • Friday, May 8: Matthew Broderick
"Live with Regis and Kelly"
Syndicated, daytime
  • Wednesday, April 29: Rock of Ages performance
  • Thursday, April 30: Hugh Jackman; West Side Story performance
  • Friday, May 1: Shrek performance
"The View"
ABC, daytime
  • Friday, May 1: 9 to 5 performance
 
Kirkwood Theatre Guild
presents



Damn Yankees
Book by George Abbott & Douglass Wallop
Music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross
America's romance with baseball combines with the age-old Faustian theme in one of the most popular musicals of all time. What if you could help your favorite team wi n the Pennant? What if you could be the star of that team? And what if the devil made you an offer that you couldn't refuse?


May 1, 2, 3, 7, 8 & 9, 2009

Directed & Choreographed by JT Ricroft
Musical Direction by Joel Hackbarth

Robert G. Reim Theatre

Kirkwood Community Center
111 S Geyer Rd. Kirkwood, MO 63122

Tickets are $19.00 - Call 314-821-9956

CAST INCLUDES:

Joe Boyd... Arthur Schwartz    Joe Hardy... Joel Snider
Applegate... Kent Coffel   Lola... Courtney LaBelle   Meg... Laura Kyro
Doris... Jan Wheatley   Sister... Nancy Leahy    Gloria...Lauren Anderson Arnet
Welch... Danny Austin    Commissioner... Gary Bortosky
The Team

Van Buren... Bert Wunderlich
Rocky... Robert Doyle    Smokey... Pat Klick    Vernon... Anthony Hagan
Eddie/Mickey... Troy Turnipseed    Henry... James Kuhlman
Sohovik... Jeremy Brown    Lowe... Matt Houck    Linville... Jonathan Foresythe

Female Chorus

Robin Michelle Berger, Beth McClue, Kimberly McCreight, Mary McEntee,
Stephanie Merritt, Caitlin Mickey, Kristi Shilts 
 

 
Curtain's Up Theater Co.
presents
URINETOWN, the Musical

Director, Gregory J. Conroy
Assistant Director, Cheri Schuler-Faust
Music and Lyrics by Mark Hollmann
Book and Lyrics by Greg Kotis  
Urinetown is NOT your old-fashioned musical. But it is a delightfully absurd, highly theatrical romp that has had audiences in stitches since it first appeared on Broadway in 2001. Of course, there’s the requisite corrupt power monger who has a choke hold on the downtrodden masses, but in a most interesting way. He owns the water rights and is charging the people of Urinetown a fee to relieve themselves at what are known as “public amenities” or public bathrooms. That’s the central conceit of the show, as Officer Lockstock informs us. There’s also the requisite love story as boy gets girl and then loses girl and then...well, you get the picture. It’s the haves against the have nots and we’re along for the ride. Enjoy and don’t forget ... Hail, Malthus!

Urinetown the Musical was produced on Broadway in September 2001 by the ARACA Group and Dodger Theatricals in association with Theater Dreams Inc. and Lauren Mitchell

Please come join us for our presentation. 
 May 7, 8, & 9th at 7:30 p.m.
May 10th at 2:00 p.m.
Dunham Hall Theater, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Urinetown is presented through special arrangement with Performed by special arrangement with Music Theater International (MTI), 421 W. 54th Street, New York NY 10019
The Curtain's Up Theater Company is supported with financial assistance from the Fox Associates Foundation.
                

 
Alton Little Theater
presents
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Radio Gals (musical)
May 8 - 17, 2009 - directed by Kevin Frakes
This delightful musical centers on Hazel Hunt of Cedar Ridge, Arkansas, who upon retirement receives a Western Electric 500 watt radio transmitter and begins broadcasting as radio station “WGAL”.  Radio Gals, written by Mike Craver and Mark Hardwick, is a tribute to the all-girl bands of the 1920’s. It’s been described as a lively, spunky, nostalgia-soaked, all American musical.
For info and tickets, contact the ALT Box Office at 462-4652.
 

 
 
St. Louis Writer's Group is accepting submission of scripts (plays, screenplays, musicals and teleplays) for consideration in our upcoming 2009 reading series

The St. Louis Writers' Group is dedicated to the development of the works of local playwrights, screenwriters and writers of musical theatre through developmental workshops, public readings followed by a discussion of their work, stage readings, and possible full-productions.


We have readings of new works the first and third Monday of every month at Big Daddy's in Soulard.  You can find information on how to submit a script or get involved with the group on our web site www.stlwritersgroup.com or phone: 314-772-0743
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