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: Rarely-seen musicals by Union Avenue Opera and R-S Theatrics, along with the annual St. Lou Fringe festival.
This week we have new shows from St. Louis Shakespeare and Slightly Askew, a rarely-seen work by Kurt Weill at Union Avenue Opera, the Cabaret Project's monthly open mic, and the opening of the St. Lou Fringe Festival.
New on the list: Musicals from the Muny and Stray Dog and cabaret shows directed by a pair of legends in the field.
This week brings us the first performance in over a decade of the musical The Light in the Piazza as well as a new cabaret show from Kelsey Bearman and a soulful Sunday afternoon with Rick Jensen, Lina Koutrakos, and a host of local singers.
New on the list: A pair of challenging and unconventional plays, along with an exciting performance of Verdi's first Big Hit.
New shows this week include a hometown favorite musical at the Muny and an unusual musical at Stray Dog with a book by the author of Driving Miss Daisy.
Verdi's 1842 Biblical melodrama "Nabucco" ("Nebuchadnezzar") isn't the composer's biggest hit, but it was his first, sealing his reputation as a major new force in Italian opera. Union Avenue Opera's fast-paced and splendidly sung production makes an exceptionally good case for it.
New on the list: A jukebox musical based on songs by ABBA, a festival of new one-act plays, and a musical theatre classic at COCA.
New shows this week include Sondheim/Styne musical classic at the Muny, a less often seen Verdi opera at Union Avenue, and the local premiere of a play by Will Eno.