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 stageleft-stlouis.blogspot.com. 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.
New on the list: Judy Garland in decline, zoo animals on the loose, a new LGBTQIA chorus, and samplers from Hawthorne Players and a vast variety of local theatre groups.
There's a lot of children's theatre avaialble this week, along with a popular musical at the Muny, the Grand Center Theatre Crawl, and a chance to sample highlights from Hawthorne Players' Voices of Valhalla without sitting on a bale of hay.
New shows this week include The Wiz at the Muny, a provocative new play inspired by the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting, and the Cabaret Projecdt open mic at the .ZACK.
When Christoph Willibald Gluck's "Orfeo and Euridice" was first performed back in 1762, it was considered somewhat radical. Opera Theatre's lively and fanciful production is radical as well, although in a very different way.
An already crowded hit list becomes even bigger, with shows by Act Inc, Stray Dog, the Muny, and Opera Theatre.
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."
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.