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|Will Bonfiglio in Balloonacy|
My take: Looking for something fun for the kids this weekend? Look no farther then this production from the folks at COCA, starring local theatre star Wil Bonfiglio. Think of it as the omega to YoungLiars' alpha (see below). Or vice-versa.
|Farah Alvin and William Michals|
My take: How can any musical theatre fan resist a show with this title? Grab a drink at the bar and shamelessly immerse yourself in the best the Great White Way has to offer.
The Gaslight Cabaret Festival presents singer Ken Haller and pianist Marty Fox in Happy Hallerdays on Thursdays, November 2 and 9, at 8 p.m. . "In his take on the holidays, Ken promises to be surprising,funny, personal, moving, great company and just a little exasperating. Just like all our holidays! The very well done video below by Paul Schankman takes you into the world of Ken's shows. " The performances take place at the Gaslight Theater, 358 North Boyle. For more information: gaslightcabaretfestival.com.
My take: In my review of Ken's last production, The Medicine Show, I noted that he "delivered the goods with that combination of theatrical smarts and vocal authority that has made him one of our town's principal cabaret exports." Here's your chance to confirm that I know what I'm talking about.
|Conductor Gemma New|
Photo: Roy Cox
My take: No, it's not theatre, but it's entertaining as hell and I will definitely be there on Friday night to see it. The SLSO movie events are always a good time and always very well attended. The screen on which the movies are shown is huge and no matter how good the sound system is at your local megaplex, there's nothing quite like the sound of a live orchestra. The usual rules are relaxed a bit, allowing the audience to bring drinks and food (including, of course, popcorn) into the auditorium. So if you attend, be careful not to spill anything, OK?
My take: I'm not a fan of grand guignol theatre in general, but if (say) Evil Dead: The Musical is your particular cup of stage blood, you might want to take a look at this unapologetically outrageous revision of Shakespeare's most violent play (which, to be fair, is often cited as an early example of grand guignol). Over at Ladue News, Mark Bretz praises the production's "inspired silliness" and says this Hallowe'en-themed show is "as much treat as trick."
Windsor Theatre Group presents the musical revue Broadway: The Early 1900's - Victor Herbert and His Contemporaries at 2 and 7 p.m. on Sunday, November 5; 7 p.m. on Friday, November 10; and 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, November 11 and and 12. "Talented professional singers and dancers will take the audience to an era that was very interesting for music lovers. Fantastic shows were staged on Broadway, and jazz, blues and tango began receiving mainstream recognition. Broadway tunes include the great male chorus numbers from Rose-Marie, The Student Prince, The Merry Widow, and The New Moon. There will be solo and duet performances of more Broadway selections and the other genres gaining fame. In addition, highlights of plots or other interesting facts about a song will enhance the enjoyment of the attendees." Performances take place at the historic Ozark Theatre, 103 E. Lockwood in Webster Groves. For more information call 314-832-2114 or visit the group's Facebook page.
My take: I'm putting this on the list for the simple reason that I'm very fond of music from the early years of the 20th century. Heck, I even created an entire show around it. Herbert and his contemporaries aren't heard that much these days, which is a pity. Thanks to Windsor for bringing us a full evening of this classic stuff.