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, 13 June 2018 13:40

Arts Capsule: The age of gold

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The Muny is celebrating its centennial this season, and they're kicking it off this week with a big, bright theatrical present in the form of the musical revue "Jerome Robbins' Broadway."


Monday, 11 June 2018 12:06

Arts Capsule: The marriage of true minds

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Looking for a lightweight, feel-good summer musical that sends you away with a smile on your face and probably a memorable tune or two in your head? If so, let me direct your attention to Stages St. Louis's excellent production of I Do! I Do!, which runs through July 1st.
This week, Magic Smoking Monkey takes on Game of Thrones, The Muny presents a rarely-seen tribute to Jerome Robbins, and the Shakespeare Festival presents Nancy Bell's adaptation of King Lear.
New on the list this week: a new opera, a classic (but rarely performed) musical, and a hymn to yeast. Really.
Thursday, 07 June 2018 12:24

Arts Capsule: The enemy within

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"If you're not outraged," reads a popular bumper sticker, "you're not paying attention." That pretty much sums up my reaction to the world premiere of "An American Soldier" at Opera Theatre.
This week brings us, among other thngs, the opening night for the last of Opera Theatre's four shows, a classic tragedy at Stray Dog, and a classic comedy at Act Inc.
Saturday, 02 June 2018 17:41

Arts Capsule: Star-crossed and moonstruck

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What do La Traviata and Romeo and Juliet have in common? Good question.
Friday, 01 June 2018 17:43

Arts Capsule: Love in bloom

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History tells us the 1853 premiere of Verdi's La Traviata was something of a disaster, capped by the fatal miscasting (opposed unsuccessfully by the composer) of a soprano whose girth, in the view of the audience, made her attempts to portray the consumptive beauty Violetta laughable rather than tragic.
In a New York Times article published the day before the 1949, premiere of Mark Blitzstein's opera Regina-a truly stunning production of which is playing at Opera Theatre-Leonard Bernstein observed that the principal characters were "ugly people engaged in ugly dealings with one another."
What's on stage this week? Quite a lot, as St. Louis emerges from the holiday weekend hiatus and launches a week of opera, comedy, drama, and musical theatre.
The St. Louis Symphony dominates the concerts this week, with two "pops" events and the final Youth Orchestra concert of the season.