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.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018 14:55

Symphony Notes: I read the news today, oh boy

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In the introduction to his chapter on Shostakovich in the 1967 Penguin Books edition of The Symphony, British musicologist Robert Layton described the Russian symphonist somewhat dismissively as a "documentary composer, far more bound up with this time than...Prokofiev, or any other of his Soviet contemporaries."
The St. Louis theatre scene gets a bit more crowded this week as more shows open.
The new concert year begins with the emphasis on contemporary music.
It's cold out there! Come on in and see a play; the 2018 season is just starting to warm up.


Thursday, 28 December 2017 14:19

Chuck's Choices for the weekend of December 28, 2017

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Close your year out with cabaret, improv, comedy/drama, and family friendly events from Metro Theater Company and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.
Thursday, 21 December 2017 16:00

Chuck's Choices for the weekend of December 21, 2017

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Some sugarplums for your pre-Christmas theatre and cabaret pleasure.
The Christmas season is many things to many people, but to me it has always been a time to celebrate love and friendship. That's why I think Max and Louie Productions' thoroughly wonderful presentation of Stephen Temperley's comedy Souvenir: A Fantasia on Florence Foster Jenkins just might be the perfect…
'Twas the week before Christmas, and all through the town there were plenty of shows, uptown and down. And the holiday edition of the Broadway open mic night!
Visions of sugarplums populate the pre-Christmas calendar, along with some superheroes.
Thursday, 14 December 2017 22:38

Chuck's Choices for the weekend of December 15, 2017

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A Christmas cabaret show joins the hit list, along with holiday shows at The Rep and The Fox and something completely different at Webster Conservatory.