St. Louis' arts community is gearing up for a big season of live shows this fall! We went straight to the top and asked local arts and entertainment leaders what they're most excited about in the upcoming season:
Story: Playwright Eric Bogosian presents 10 vignettes featuring urban and suburban men in modern-day America in this one-man, one-act, 75-minute venture into the male psyche.
Story: Fanny Brice, a homely young Jewish woman from the Lower East Side of New York City in the early 20th century, is determined to succeed in show business despite her lack of head-turning looks. With considerable faith in her voice and comic skills, she auditions for a role with impresario Florenz Ziegfeld and His Follies on Broadway.
As the summer winds down, many of St. Louis’ top arts organizations are ramping up a new season. We asked in-the-know arts professionals what they’re most looking forward to in the world of visual and performing arts.
In celebration of the 10th anniversary of its musical theatre program, COCA this weekend is presenting Ragtime The Musical. The production features a cast of 50 and includes COCA alumni and students from 17 area high schools like Max Fiorello.
Story: The Old Testament story of Joseph, the favorite son of Jacob, is told in a musical format, including Joseph’s betrayal by his 11 jealous brothers, who sell him into slavery. Later, Joseph’s uncanny ability to interpret dreams gains him the confidence of the Egyptian pharaoh when he tells the pharaoh what the ruler’s own troubling dreams mean in reality.
Story: An American physician, an Irish journalist and an English academic find themselves unwillingly sharing the same tiny cell after each of them is captured by unseen terrorists and held hostage in Lebanon. With only a chair, a Bible and a Quran for diversions, the chained prisoners are left to conversations in which they can recount their lives as well as dream of better days ahead, hoping against reality for freedom from their private hell while clinging desperately to sanity.
Notre Dame High School community members welcomed nine high school students and two teachers from its sister school in Kyoto, Japan. The guests visited St. Louis for four days of American culture, as well as offered Japanese cultural demonstrations, attended class with their American peers and visited area attractions, including the Gateway Arch and City Museum.
Story: King Henry V of England, the former Prince Hal who assumed the throne upon the death of his father Henry IV in 1413, looks upon France as his next conquest. While preparing for war he deals with a trio of conspirators hired by the French to assassinate him.
Story: King Henry IV, formerly Henry (of) Bolingbroke of the House of Plantagenet, has become king of England following the deposition of his cousin, Richard II, circa 1399. All is not well, however, as Henry Percy, son of the Earl of Northumberland and a leader in Henry IV’s army, becomes increasingly disenchanted with the king’s treatment of his family. Hotspur, his father and his uncle, the Earl of Worcester, decide to rebel against the ruler.
Celebrate National Train Day at the ultimate destination: St. Louis Union Station. This Saturday, May 10, Amtrak, stl250 and the Terminal Railroad Association are hosting a family-friendly day of train exploration and more.
Story: Willum is in a quandary. The Terre Haute architect is working on a couple of projects that, to his exasperation, have been seriously diluted by his clients. Additionally, his patient girlfriend Tansy is set to move to Washington, D.C. to accept a job as a TV meteorologist.
Story: Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, is losing his grip on sanity in the wake of his father’s untimely death. When his mother Gertrude marries his father’s brother Claudius, barely a month after the death of the king, Hamlet is increasingly suspicious. His doubts are further heightened by the ominous appearance of his father’s ghost, warning him of what really happened.
Story: Maymay is dropped off by her daughter, seemingly in the middle of nowhere, so that she can tend to some “unfinished business.” With her new cell phone as her mode of communication, she makes her way to an old cattle station in western Australia where she toiled half a century earlier.
While its most known attribute may be the Kentucky Derby, our recent visit to Louisville proved that this Ohio River town is a whole lot more than just a one-trick pony.
I don’t want to give anything away. No matter your religious beliefs, you really can’t argue the fact that Bible stories make wonderful theatrical productions: The Ten Commandments, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Passion of the Christ. Frankly, it’s surprising no one has brought the story of Noah’s ark to the big screen before now. Well, actually, they have. There was a respectable feature film in the '20s—you can almost picture the stagehands throwing buckets of water from off-stage—and a somewhat embarrassing mini-series in 1999 starring Jon Voight and Mary Steenburgen that just about everyone seems to want to forget. This new movie version fares the flood waters with greater success.
For the first time ever, the intimate story of a struggling street musician and the woman who gave him new hope will take centerstage at the Fox Theatre with the original Broadway show, Once. Winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Once is a unique theatrical experience featuring live onstage musicians playing what becomes the soundtrack to the characters’ romance and dreams. LN spoke with British lead actor and musician Stuart Ward about the musical, performing it live, as well as the power music has to captivate us all.
Story: Banker Sam Wheat and his girlfriend Molly Jenson, a potter, have moved into an old brownstone in Brooklyn to renovate it and make it their home. Meanwhile, at work Sam notices some major and troubling discrepancies in some accounts he’s managing, and confides the problem to his friend and colleague Carl.
If you’ve been daydreaming about a kitchen makeover with sparkling new appliances, craftsman cabinets and luxurious lighting, A Gathering Place Kitchen Tour is for you. “It’s a really fun, self-guided tour from house to house, where you can bring a group of friends, see different styles and let your imagination run away with itself on what you can do in your own kitchen,” says Junior League of St. Louis president Maureen Strasheim.
How did Peter Pan become the boy who never grew up? The story behind the beloved character’s magical journey to Neverland will be unveiled during the Broadway play Peter and the Starcatcher, running today through March 9 at Peabody Opera House. The five-time Tony Award-winning production, which also garnered a record-setting nine nominations in 2012, is the Broadway adaptation of the internationally popular book series, Peter and the Starcatchers, a prequel to J. M. Barrie's classic tale of Peter Pan. Author Ridley Pearson, who has called St. Louis home for the past 14 years and penned the series with author Dave Barry, recently told LN more about the book’s transformation from the page to the stage.
Recognition of stellar productions by nearly two dozen local theater companies will take center stage when the St. Louis Theater Circle presents its second annual awards ceremony honoring the best in local professional theater, on stage and behind the scenes, on Monday, March 17, 2014 at the Center of Creative Arts (COCA), 524 Trinity Avenue in University City.
Show your love for St. Louis this Valentine’s weekend by attending the 250TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION festivities at Forest Park. On Friday, Feb. 14, the Burnin’ Love Festival on Art Hill kicks off at 4:30 p.m. with family-friendly activities, food trucks, fire-dancers, live performances by the likes of ERIN BODE and DENISE THIMES, and fireworks to cap off the night. On Sunday, Feb. 16, THE BIGGEST BIRTHDAY BALL at the Missouri History Museum promises to be one of the year’s most memorable affairs, featuring cocktails, a variety of food stations sampling local fare and live entertainment. Ladue News is a proud Silver Sponsor of the Ball. For tickets and more information about all other events, visit stl250.org.
On a glitter-clad runway, 19-year-old Devon Windsor of Ladue walked—or rather, strutted—into the homes of 10 million or so television viewers.
When Katherine Desloge was crowned the Queen of Love and Beauty at the Veiled Prophet Ball, it was more than just a happy night for her. It also was the culmination of a family tradition of community involvement that goes back more than 100 years.
All of a sudden it’s nearing the end of December and thoughts of New Year’s resolutions dance in our heads. Before we enter 2014, however, let’s reflect on what the past year has given us on local stages.