Chuck Lavazzi

Chuck Lavazzi (1064)

Chuck Lavazzi is the producer for the arts calendars and senior performing arts critic at 88.1 KDHX, the local correspondent for Cabaret Scenes magazine, the host of The Cabaret Project’s monthly open mic night at the Tavern of Fine Arts, and entirely to blame for the Stage Left blog at  He’s a member of the Music Critics Association of North America and the St. Louis Theater Circle.

Chuck has been acting, designing sound, and occasionally directing theatrical productions since roughly the Bronze Age.  His one-man show Just a Song at Twilight: the Golden Age of Vaudeville, presented at the Missouri History Museum, was the opening production of the West End Players Guild’s 101st season.  He has also appeared with Stray Dog, Metro Theatre Company, The Rep, Midwest Lyric Opera, St. Louis Actors’ Studio, St. Louis Shakespeare, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, and even the St. Louis Symphony, where he narrated Peter and the Wolf. He and his lovely wife Sherry live in a house that’s older than both of them put together in the historic and utterly charming Soulard neighborhood.

Here's your one stop shop for all St. Louis area theatre and cabaret events for the week of July 22, 2013. I try to make this as inclusive and accurate as possible, but if I left anything out or got anything wrong, please leave a comment and let me know!
Who: The MunyWhat: Les Miserables When: Tonight at 8:15 Where: Forest Park Why: From the opening prisoners' chorus through the sublime finale three hours later, the show's canny combination of a conventional (but memorable) score and compelling characters and situations (the source is, after all, a literary classic) grabs and…
Who: Wack-a-DooWhen: Tonight at 8Where: Tavern of the Fine Arts, 313 BeltWhy: "Wack-A-Doo." says the description at, "is a St. Louis based band performing "American Musette"; a high-powered mix of toe-tapping Vintage Swing, Folksy Americana and Speakeasy Syncopation. Their upbeat style is reminiscent of nostalgic eras; the Cafes of…


Who: Third Degree Glass Factory and FriendsWhat: Third Friday PartyWhen: Tonight from 6 to 10 PMWhere: Third Degree Glass Factory, 5200 Delmar
This week: singing carnivorous plants, Japanese butterflies, a soulful wizard, and theatre festival the kicks LaBute.  If you can find a better deal in a St. Louis theatre recommendation, bring it in and we'll undercoat it free. Or my name ain't Larry.
Tuesday, 16 July 2013 23:24

Life is a cabaret

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Looking for some cool music, food, and wine for a hot summer night? Well, have I got a deal for you!
Tuesday, 16 July 2013 06:56

Music in the air

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If you live in Clayton, U. City, Kirkwood, Shrewsbury near south county, or the central part of St. Louis city, you might have noticed something up at 107.3 on your FM radio that hasn't been heard on FM analog radio in St. Louis for nearly three years: classical music, 24/7.…
Did I get anything wrong or leave anything out? Please leave a comment and let me know! My aim is to make this a complete weekly listing of theatre and cabaret events in town.  
Who: The Gateway Festival OrchestraWhat: Music of the TsarsWhen: Tonight at 7:30Where: Brookings Quadrangle on the Washington University campus
Who: The MunyWhat: Rodgers and Hammerstein's SOUTH PACIFICWhen: Tonight and Sunday at 8:15
Union Avenue Opera has a hit on its hands with a very solid production of Puccini's tale of men (or one man, anyway) behaving badly, MADAMA BUTTERFLY.  Ann Wazelle is a strong and tragic Cio-Cio-San (a.k.a. Butterfly), Mathew Edwardsen is very effective as the callow Pinkerton who is far too…