Chuck Lavazzi

Chuck Lavazzi

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.

April winds down with a spring bouquet of theatre and cabaret.

Spring springs a vast variety of classical music on us this coming week, including two separate programs from the St. Louis Symphony.

Yes, we're up to our eyebrows in theatre this weekend including a world premiere. Here are my picks; your mileage may vary. The important thing is to get out and go see a play!

There's a big bunch of theatre and cabaret in our Easter baskets for the coming week, including two world premieres!

The Easter Bunny left a whole bunch of classical music in our basket this week.

I have seen my share of productions of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's 1979 "musical thriller" Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street over the years, and I have to say the version currently on view at Stray Dog Theatre is one of the better ones-and that includes productions by companies with big budgets and purpose-built theaters.

Easter weekend is a quiet theatre time in Lake Woebegon, but there's still lots of great stuff to go with your chocolate bunnies.

Even with Easter weekend approaching, there's still plenty of great theatre and cabaret in town, including new shows at St. Louis Actors' Studio and Mustard Seed.

The Rep's Ignite! festival joins the hit list this week, along with Ken Haller's latest cabaret show, an August Wilson drama at The Black Rep, a classic comedy at St. Louis Shakespeare, and even a bonus recommendation a few hours east in Louisville.

Spring and theatre are busting out all over with drama, comedy, music, the return of a popular cabaret show, and a few things that are almost unclassifiable.

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