Friday, March 13, 2020

Chuck's Choices for the weekend of Friday 13, 2020

This list has not been vetted for cancellations, but since both of these shows take place in small spaces that aren't included in the current ban on events of 1,000 people or more, they are likely a safe bet.

New This Week:

Head Over Heels
Photo by Jill Ritter Lindberg
New Line Theatre presents the musical Head Over Heels Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 PM through March 28. "HEAD OVER HEELS is the bold, sexy new musical comedy from the visionaries that rocked Broadway with American Idiot, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Avenue Q and Spring Awakening. Conceived by Jeff Whitty, with an original book by Whitty, adapted by James Magruder, originally directed by Michael Mayer, based on a novel from 1580 (not kidding!) and set to the music of the iconic 1980s all-girl rock band The Go-Go's, this subversive, high-octane, laugh-out-loud love story includes hit songs like, "We Got the Beat," "Our Lips Are Sealed," "Vacation," "Heaven is a Place on Earth" and "Mad About You." The wild story follows the escapades of a royal family who set out on a journey to save their beloved kingdom from extinction -- only to discover the key to their realm's survival lies within each of their own hearts. . . though not always in the way they expect. . . and in their willingness to let go of rigid tradition and change with the times." Performances take place at the Marcelle Theater, 3310 Samuel Shepard Drive, three blocks east of Grand, in Grand Center. For more information, visit or call 314-534-1111.

My take: Not all "jukebox musicals" are created equal. Some are essentially musical revues with no plot to speak of. Others are book musicals that use the songs to tell an actual story. Mamma Mia! is a good example of the latter—as, apparently, is Head Over Heels. On her blog, Michelle Kenyon calls this "a fun, colorful, energetic and thoroughly winning production that marks another success for New Line Theatre." "It’s hard to imagine a more joyful swirl of activity than theatergoers are treated to inHead Over Heels, writes Calvin Wilson at the Post-Dispatch. "It’s a party you won’t want to leave."

Ken Haller
The Blue Strawberry presents Ken Haller in The Medicine Show on Saturday, March 14, at 8 pm. "Ken Haller's The Medicine Show peddles miracle cures compounded by Jason Robert Brown, Adam Guettel, Stephen Sondheim and other noted practitioners of the healing arts. In song and story, Ken shows us how becoming a doctor is just the first step in becoming a healer." The Blue Strawberry is at 364 N. Boyle in the Central West End. For more information:

My take: The Medicine Show is just what the doctor ordered in these times of universal medical brouhaha. And Ken Haller is a doctor, so he should know. Check out my review of the premiere performance of the show at Cabaret Scenes to learn more.

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