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SPELLS OF THE SEA musical at Metro Theater review

– By Cate Marquis – In the charming children’s musical “Spells Of The Sea,” a tween girl sets out find a magic elixir in the hope of saving her ailing fisherman father, a quest that involves a old lighthouse keeper, pirates, a mermaid, a sea monster and a magical underwater princess. Despite the whimsy, this […]

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CONFEDERATES at Rep theater review

– By Cate Marquis – “Confederates,” the latest play on the Repertory Theater of St. Louis’ Mainstage, is, by far, the best show in the Rep’s 2022-2023 season yet. “Confederates” tells two compelling stories in parallel, about two Black women, one a present-day professor at a small Ivy League university and the other an enslaved […]

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UNCLE VANYA at St. Louis Actors Studio theater review

– By Cate Marquis – Why can’t we have more plays like the St. Louis Actors Studio’s excellent “Uncle Vanya” on local stages? Beautifully acted, skillfully staged, this Neil LaBute adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya” is a pure delight – insightful, funny, dramatic and full of commentary on human feelings, life and its inequities. […]

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SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM at Rep theater review

(l-r) Paul Heesang Miller, Saidu Sinlah, Phoenix Best, and Amy Spanger, in the Rep’s “Side By Side By Sondheim.” Photo credit: Phillip Hamer Photography. Courtesy of the Repertory Theater of St. Louis – By Cate Marquis – The Repertory Theater of St. Louis stepped into the new year by delving into Sondheim with “Side By […]

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LES MISERABLES musical at Fox theater review

– By Cate Marquis – A simply splendid production of “Les Miserables” stormed the Fabulous Fox stage on Tuesday, Jan. , before a packed house, for a too-brief run until Jan. 22. This is the wonderful Cameron Mackintosh production of Boublil and Schönberg’s “Les Misérables,” the musical adaptation of Victor Hugo’s classic novel that has […]

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FROZEN Musical at Fox Theater – Review

A Fabulous Fox theater packed with tiny princesses in sparkly gowns and the families (and a some dressed-up grown-ups too) enthusiastically greeted “Frozen,” the Broadway musical version of Disney’s hit movie, on the opening night on Nov. 2. The Tony-nominated musical is the latest Disney movie to make the move to the stage, and the […]

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HADESTOWN Musical at Fox Theater – Review

The Tony award-winning Broadway hit HADESTOWN, now on stage at the Fabulous Fox, takes the classic myth of Orpheus, the musician who went to hell and back for his love Eurydice, and transforms it into a energetic, blues-flavored, fantasy tale with a contemporary twist touching on the haves and have-notes, climate change, de-humanizing work and […]

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AIN’T TOO PROUD Musical at Fox Theater – Review

The Fox opens its new season with a big crowd-pleaser, the Tony-winning hit Broadway musical “Ain’t Too Proud The Life and Times of the Temptations.” What’s not to like, with some of the biggest hits of the Motown era, and a terrific story that spans the Temptations’ long-running career and the various changes of the […]

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THE LION KING Musical at Fox Theater – Review

The king is back – “The Lion King,” that is. This stage favorite with its ground-breaking design by Julie Taymor returns to the Fabulous Fox theater, June 1-19, to the delight of families and fans alike. Kids thrilled by the Disney movie will be wowed by this immersive theater experience, as elephants, rhinos and more […]

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HAMILTON Musical at Fox Theater Review

– By Cate Marquis – “Hamilton” returns at last to the Fabulous Fox theater, after a pandemic-caused delay, and an enthusiastic packed house awaited it, eager to see and hear Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical ode to Alexander Hamilton. Hamilton was one of the lesser-known Founding Fathers when Miranda, inspired after reading Ron Chernow’s biography, wrote this […]

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