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.
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.
New on the list: A family musical theatre classic, one of Oscar Wilde's Greatest Hits, and the return of an excellent cabaret show from last year.
New shows this week include a family musical classic at the Muny, a jukebox musical at Stages, the return of Ken Haller's Medicine Show, and The Cabaret Project's monthly open mic.
New items this week include a biographical musical at the Muny, an Oscar Wilde classic at Insight, and a new cabaret show at the Kranzberg.
The new shows this week are a Gilbert and Sullivan classic, a musical version of a Shakespeare comedy, and this year's LaBute New Play Festival.
"Singin' in the Rain," the 1983 stage adaptation of the beloved 1952 movie musical, will probably never make anyone's list of Best Musicals of All Time. But The Muny's production of the 2012 London revival is, to paraphrase the Bard, entertaining enough and 'twill suffice.