New season includes world premieres of ‘Dreaming Zenzile’ and ‘The Gradient,’ plus ‘The Trinity River Plays,’ an original work by Rep playwright-in-residence Regina Taylor
The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis (The Rep) is pleased to announce its 2021-2022 Season, featuring two world premieres. The season kicks off September 10 with the world premiere production of ‘Dreaming Zenzile,’ a musical about the South African songstress Miriam Makeba, written and performed by Grammy-nominated international music sensation Somi Kakoma.
‘Dreaming Zenzile’ will be followed by the world premiere of Steph Del Rosso’s ‘The Gradient,’ a satire set in the not-so-distant future in which a new facility promises to take men accused of sexual misconduct and rehabilitate them into responsible citizens. The Charles Dickens’ classic ‘A Christmas Carol’ will become a new holiday tradition under the direction of Hana S. Sharif, Augustin Family Artistic Director at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. The second half of the season will feature ‘The 39 Steps,’ a farce written by Patrick Barlow adapted from the novel by John Buchan and the Alfred Hitchcock film; ‘The Trinity River Plays,’ a trilogy exploring one woman’s life journey by The Rep’s playwright-in-residence, Regina Taylor; and ‘House of Joy,’ an action-adventure romance by Madhuri Shekar.
The full schedule for the 2021-2022 Season is as follows:
Dreaming Zenzile: September 10 – October 3, Loretto-Hilton Center for the Performing Arts
The Gradient: October 1 – October 24, Catherine B. Berges Theatre at COCA
A Christmas Carol: December 3 – 23, Loretto-Hilton Center for the Performing Arts
The 39 Steps: January 21 – February 13, Loretto-Hilton Center for the Performing Arts
The Trinity River Plays: February 11 – March 6, Catherine B. Berges Theatre at COCA
House of Joy: March 18 – April 10, Loretto-Hilton Center for the Performing Arts
“We are excited to be returning to the stage for a new season of live theatre featuring the work of thought-leading playwrights including our own playwright-in-residence, Regina Taylor,” said Hana S. Sharif, Augustin Family Artistic Director at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. “We know our audiences have been eager to return to the theatre and we’re delighted this compelling season offers something for everyone to enjoy.”
Subscriptions for The Rep’s 2021-2022 season are available now, and single tickets go on sale August 2. For more information and to purchase, visit repstl.org.
About The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis
The Rep is the St. Louis region’s most honored live professional theatre company. Founded in 1966, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis is a fully professional theatrical operation belonging to the League of Resident Theatres, The League of St. Louis Theatres and is a constituent member of Theatre Communications Group, Inc., the national service organization for the not-for-profit professional theatre. Visit www.repstl.org for more, and find The Rep on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
The Fabulous Fox Theatre is thrilled to announce the return of the U.S. Bank Broadway Series to the Fox stage. “After our long intermission that began in March 2020, we can’t wait for this new season to begin on November 16, 2021” said Director of Programming John O’Brien. The six-show season will include two of the shows that were postponed at the end of the 2019-2020 season, HAMILTON and CATS; and four postponed shows from the 2020-2021 season, PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL, THE PROM, MEAN GIRLSandMY FAIR LADY. “We are thrilled to fit most of our missed shows in the coming season,” said O’Brien. “Although Disney’sFrozen will need to wait until a future season, we will have the return of Disney’s THE LION KINGin the summer of 2022.” Subscribers will have the option to purchase the six-show package or add THE LION KING for a seven -show package.
“The Fabulous Fox is working with government and health officials to create and implement health and safety protocols that will ensure the safe return of audiences at full capacity so subscribers can enjoy their same great seats. This does include improvements to the Theatre’s air handling system. More information along with a detailed outline of protocols will be made available prior to our reopening,” said O’Brien.
PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL | November 16-28, 2021
After an incredible run on Broadway, Audience Choice Award winner PRETTY WOMAN: The Musical will begin its national tour this fall. PRETTY WOMAN: The Musical is brought to life by a powerhouse creative team representing the best of music, Hollywood, and Broadway. Featuring direction and choreography by two-time Tony Award® winner Jerry Mitchell (Hairspray, Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde), an original score by Grammy® winner Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance (“Summer of ’69”, “Heaven”), and a book by the movie’s legendary director Garry Marshall and screenwriter J.F. Lawton, PRETTY WOMAN: The Musical will lift your spirits and light up your heart. “If you love the movie, you’ll love the musical!” (BuzzFeed News).
CATS | December 21, 2021-January 2, 2022
CATS, the record-breaking musical spectacular by Andrew Lloyd Webber that has captivated audiences in over 30 countries and 15 languages, will resume its tour across North America! Audiences and critics alike are rediscovering this beloved musical with breathtaking music, including one of the most treasured songs in musical theater—”Memory”. Winner of 7 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, CATS tells the story of one magical night when an extraordinary tribe of cats gathers for its annual ball to rejoice and decide which cat will be reborn. The original score by Andrew Lloyd Webber (ThePhantom of the Opera, School of Rock, Sunset Boulevard), original scenic and costume design by John Napier (Les Misérables), all-new lighting design by Natasha Katz (Aladdin), all-new sound design by Mick Potter, new choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton) based on the original choreography by Gillian Lynne (Phantom) and direction by Trevor Nunn (Les Misérables) make this production a new CATS for a new generation!
THE PROM | January 25-February 6, 2022
Everyone’s invited to the joyous Broadway hit that New York Magazine calls “smart and big-hearted” and The New York Times declares it “makes you believe in musical comedy again!” THE PROM is a new musical comedy about big Broadway stars on a mission to change the world and the love they discover that unites them all. Variety raves, “It’s so full of happiness that you think your heart is about to burst.” And The Hollywood Reporter cheers, “It’s comic gold!” You belong at THE PROM!
MEAN GIRLS | February 15-27, 2022
Direct from Broadway, MEAN GIRLS is the hilarious hit musical from book writer Tina Fey (“30 Rock”), composer Jeff Richmond (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”), lyricist Nell Benjamin (Legally Blonde) and director Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon). Cady Heron may have grown up on an African savanna, but nothing prepared her for the vicious ways of her strange new home: suburban Illinois. Soon, this naïve newbie falls prey to a trio of lionized frenemies led by the charming but ruthless Regina George. But when Cady devises a plan to end Regina’s reign, she learns the hard way that you can’t cross a Queen Bee without getting stung. New York Magazine cheers, “MEAN GIRLS delivers with immense energy, a wicked sense of humor and joyful inside-jokery.” USA Today says, “We’ll let you in on a little secret, because we’re such good friends: Get Your Tickets Now!”
MY FAIR LADY | March 22-April 3, 2022
From Lincoln Center Theater and director Bartlett Sher comes “a sumptuous new production of the most perfect musical of all time” (Entertainment Weekly), Lerner & Loewe’s MY FAIR LADY. Boasting such classic songs as “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “The Rain in Spain,” and “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly,” MY FAIR LADY tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a young Cockney flower seller, and Henry Higgins, a linguistics professor who is determined to transform her into his idea of a “proper lady.” But who is really being transformed?
HAMILTON | April 12-May 15, 2022
HAMILTON is the story of America then, told by America now. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway, HAMILTON has taken the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and created a revolutionary moment in theatre—a musical that has had a profound impact on culture, politics, and education. With book, music, and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, HAMILTON is based on Ron Chernow’s acclaimed biography. It has won Tony ® , Grammy ® , and Olivier Awards, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and an unprecedented special citation from the Kennedy Center Honors. This “theatrical landmark has transformed theater and the way we think about history” (The New York Times)
THE LION KING | June 1-18, 2022
More than 100 million people around the world have experienced the phenomenon of Disney’sTHE LION KING, and now you can, too, when St. Louis’ best-loved musical returns to the Fabulous Fox Theatre. Winner of six Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, this landmark musical event brings together one of the most imaginative creative teams on Broadway. Tony Award®-winning director Julie Taymor brings to life a story filled with hope and adventure set against an amazing backdrop of stunning visuals. THE LION KING also features some of Broadway’s most recognizable music, crafted by Tony Award®-winning artists Elton John and Tim Rice. There is simply nothing else like THE LION KING.
Four additional Broadway shows will be offered as specials to 2021–2022 season ticket holders for priority seating before their public on-sale dates.
The splendor of the holiday season at the Fox will return in 2021. One of the world’s most beloved and timeless stories is a holiday tradition at the Fox: the Nebraska Theatre Caravan production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL will play December 2-5. AMAGICAL CIRQUE CHRISTMAS brings dazzling performers and breathtaking cirque artists to the Fox stage for a spell-binding holiday production December 9. The most famous reindeer of all will soar into the Fox December 17-18 when RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER the Musical takes the Fox stage.
The 25thAnniversary production of RIVERDANCEreturns March 11-13. This tour is a powerful and stirring reinvention of this beloved favorite, celebrated the world over for its Grammy award-winning score and the thrilling energy and passion of its Irish and international dance. Disney’s THE LION KING will also be available as a special for those who choose the six-show season.
Current season ticket holders will receive their specific account information with their options for the six or seven show package in late April.
New season ticket packages will go on sale June 7. On-sale dates for individual shows will be announced later. For more information, visit www.FabulousFox.com. The Broadway Series at the Fabulous Fox Theatre is presented by U.S. Bank. The Fox Box office is currently closed.
Metro Theater Company (MTC), St. Louis’s premiere theater for youth and families, presents a special virtual event for families this December to help keep the community connected during a holiday season that has been transformed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
MTC’s A Christmas Carol brings together artists, athletes, civic leaders, media personalities, and first responders, for a streamed reading of Charles Dickens holiday classic Thursday, December 10 at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 13 at 2:30 p.m. The public can register for free or make a donation with their registration. As a thanks for a donation of $50 or greater, audiences can receive a commemorative DVD or digital download of the broadcast. The DVDs will be available for all donations made through January 1, 2021.
The beloved holiday story of redemption, transformation, and goodwill comes to life in this all-St. Louis reading. Metro Theater Company Artistic Director Julia Flood adapted the story to produce the hour-long program.
More than 25 outstanding St. Louisans serve as readers for the broadcast, each contributing excerpts on camera, stitched together to create the final broadcast. While additional readers will still be announced, the lineup includes Emmy-nominated television star Ellie Kemper, St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, two-time Tony Award-winning actress Judith Ivey, St. Louis Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak, Grammy Award-winning soprano Christine Brewer, film, stage and voice actor Ken Page, nationally syndicated columnist and St. Louis Post-Dispatch editor Aisha Sultan, St. Louis-based American Ninja Warrior Jamie Rahn, president of the St. Louis Black Authors of Children’s Literature Julius B. Anthony, and medical director for the St. Louis Fire Department Mark Levine.
Metro Theater Company’s virtual reading follows a long tradition of readings of Dickens’ novella. Public readings of A Christmas Carol—one of the most beloved and famous holiday stories ever written—have been around since 1853. Dickens adapted the work for public readings, doing more than 120 performances until his death in 1870. The popularity of the readings—staged readings, radio-style readings, family readings, and now virtual readings—continues as does the enchantment of the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, and his transformation into a sympathetic man through visits from the ghost of Jacob Marley and the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come.
All funds raised through donations to this event will support MTC’s programs during COVID-19 to connect young people to the power and impact of theater, through live performances, virtual programs, and arts-integrated classroom experiences. Corporate and individual sponsorships are available.
WHEN: Thursday, December 10 at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 13 at 2:30 p.m.
TICKETS: Tickets are free. Donations are appreciated. Registration is required to receive the link for streaming.
A downloadable digital recording or commemorative DVD is available through January 1, 2021 with a donation of $50. Donors who give $250 or greater will receive the recording as well as a commemorative set of MTC mugs and a hot chocolate mix from St. Louis’s own Kakao Chocolates. To register for free or to make a donation, please visit http://metroplays.org/christmascarol.
NOTES: A Christmas Carol: A St. Louis Virtual Holiday Reading is 60 minutes and recommended for ages 6 and up.
Major support for Metro Theater Company is provided by Emerson, Centene, Arts & Education Council, Berges Family Foundation, Kranzberg Arts Foundation, Missouri Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, and Regional Arts Commission.
About Metro Theater Company: Since 1973, Metro Theater Company has been creating productions that respect young people’s intelligence, tell compelling stories, stimulate curiosity and provoke thoughtful reflection. The Company has reached a total audience of more than two million and has a national reputation for excellence in the field of professional theater for young audiences. Metro Theater Company has received major honors and awards, both locally and nationally. The company is led by Artistic Director Julia Flood and Managing Director Joe Gfaller. For more information, visit http://metroplays.org.
The Fabulous Fox Theatre has announced holiday tours of the beloved landmark to begin following Thanksgiving and continuing through December. Inspired by CharlesDickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” this delightful tour is titled “A Dickens of a Tour” and depicts several of that tale’s characters including the ghosts of Christmas Past and Present, Jacob Marley, Victorian dancers and more!
This unique hour-long tour includes some of the history of the Fox Theatre while it is beautifully decorated for the holiday season. Guest will visit five stations with access to backstage and the Fabulous Fox stage. The tours are under the direction of Lara Teeter, Creative Director and Larry Pry, Music Director.
Tours will take place on the dates and times as follows and will be limited to 16 people per departure.
Tour times for Friday, November 27; Saturdays, November 28 and December 5 and 26; Sundays, November 29 and December 6, 13, 20 and 27 are: 1 p.m., 1:10 p.m., 1:20 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 1:40 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 2:40 p.m., 2:50 p.m., 3 p.m., 3:10 p.m., 4 p.m., 4:10 p.m.. 4:20 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 4:40 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 5:40 p.m., 5:50 p.m., 6 p.m. and 6:10 p.m.
Tour times for Friday, December 4 are 7:50 p.m., 8 p.m., 8:10 p.m., 9 p.m., 9:10 p.m., 9:20 p.m., 9:30 p.m. and 9:40 p.m.
Tour times for Friday, December 18 are: 6 p.m., 6:10 p.m., 6:20 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 6:40 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 7:40 p.m., 7:50 p.m., 8 p.m., 8:10 p.m., 9 p.m., 9:10 p.m., 9:20 p.m., 9:30 p.m. and 9:40 p.m.
In order to provide the best possible safety measures for Fox guests and to comply with the city health department requirements, the following protocols will be in place. Tours will have a maximum of 16 people and will have timed entries every 10 minutes. Tours will cover 3 levels of the auditorium and the stage, but will not include the narrow underground tunnels. Tours will move in one direction and not cross paths with other tour groups. Tour participants will be required to wear a mask and observe social distancing.
Each tour will be accompanied by a Fox tour guide and a monitor to assure adherence to mask-wearing and social distancing. Hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout the tour.
Tour tickets are $40 each for adults and $25 for children 12 and under. Parking is included. Season Ticket holders and Fox Club Members will receive their priority purchase opportunity by email this week. Remaining tickets will go on sale to the public Friday, November 13 at noon. All tickets much be purchased in advance as the Fox Box Office is not currently open. Tickets will be delivered to guests by mobile device or for printing at home. Food and beverage service will not be available during the tours.
The Fabulous Fox Theatre has announced the cancellation of the remaining shows on its 2020 calendar: A Christmas Carol and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer the Musical. Both shows were December specials on the U. S. Bank Broadway Season and neither had been put on sale. “We look forward to resuming a full holiday schedule in 2021” said John O-Brien, director of programming for the Fabulous Fox.
Limited Tours of the Fabulous Fox Theatre have resumed. Tours will be conducted on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. and include a presentation on the Wurlitzer organ. Advance purchase is required at FabulousFox.com or by calling MetroTix at 314-534-1111. Tickets will be delivered to guests’ mobile devices. In order to avoid contact, paper tickets will not be issued. Ticket sales will close at 5 p.m. the Friday prior to each tour. The Fox Box office is currently closed and tickets will not be available for purchase on the Saturday of the tour.
In order to assure the safety of our guests and guides, in addition to touch-less ticketing, the following protocols will be followed. All guests are required to wear masks and will have their temperature taken with no-touch devices before entering the theatre. Fox tour guides and personnel will wear masks and will have their temperature taken when they check in for duty. Social distancing will be practiced and monitored during the entire tour experience. Each tour’s capacity is limited to 15 guests. The theatre will be thoroughly cleaned with emphasis on high touch areas prior to each tour.
The Fabulous Fox Theatre has announced the postponement of three fall shows that were to open the 2020-2021 U.S. Bank Broadway Season Ticket package and one season special. “In light of the current status of the COVID-19 virus, the Fox and our producing partners have agreed that tour dates for fall of 2020 must be re-scheduled for the safety and well-being of our guests, staff, casts and crew” said John O-Brien, director of programming for the Fabulous Fox. The seven-show season ticket package will now open with Disney’s FROZEN February 10-21.
The postponed musicals are: MEAN GIRLS scheduled for September; MY FAIR LADY scheduled for October; JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR scheduled for November and CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY scheduled for December.
“As a presenter of national tours, we are in ongoing conversations with producers and agents each and every week. The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on the touring industry as theatres and booking agents across America reinvent calendars that were two to three years in the making” said O’Brien. “In addition to the four shows mentioned above, we are also finding new dates for CATS and HAMILTON which were postponed in the spring.”
THE CURRENT SEVEN-SHOW SEASON TICKET PACKAGE IS:
FROZEN * February 5-21, 2021
AIN’T TOO PROUD * March 2-14, 2021
THE PROM * April 6-18, 2021
PRETTY WOMAN * April 27-May 9, 2021
Plus 3 additional musicals to be announced later.
THE SCHEDULE OF SPECIALS IS:
A CHRISTMAS CAROL * December 3-6, 2020
RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER * December 18-19, 2020
BLUE MAN GROUP * March 19-21, 2021
HAIRSPRAY * June 4-6, 2021
Additional information about the Season Ticket package and specials will be released when the pandemic eases and shows confirm their re-routing plans.
The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis has announced that it will postpone the beginning of its 2020-2021 season until at least December 2020 in order to ensure the safety of its patrons, guest artists, staff and volunteers.
Following months of consultation between the theatre’s leadership, board members and fellow St. Louis cultural institutions, The Rep will push back its usual September start time and reconfigure its schedule for the upcoming season. The theatre’s plan is to reopen in December with A Christmas Carol and then run an extended winter/spring season in 2021.
The Rep will formally announce its rescheduled season on September 1.
“While we are going to greatly miss connecting with our patrons in September, we understand that The Rep exists within a much larger public health picture for the St. Louis region,” said Hana S. Sharif, The Rep’s Augustin Family Artistic Director. “We want to ensure that when we reopen, it’s in a way that maximizes the health and safety of our community. We look forward to throwing open our doors this December to launch the joyous holiday tradition of A Christmas Carol for St. Louis families.”
As part of its planning, The Rep has banded together with its fellow cultural organizations as part of the St. Louis Reopening The Arts Work Group. This collective is forming a unified plan that takes under consideration the CDC’s recommendations as well as any federal, state and local government directives.
“Our group is exploring the implementation of disinfecting, social distancing, face coverings, temperature screenings and more throughout all St. Louis arts venues,” Sharif said. “Our goal is to create a safe environment for everyone to enjoy live art, music and theatre as soon as possible.”
The Rep, as a member of the League of Resident Theatres (LORT), is also collaborating closely with the five labor unions whose members help to bring its plays to the stage, ensuring that the theatre will continue to provide a safe and healthy workplace.
Until it returns to staged productions, The Rep will continue its educational and outreach work throughout the St. Louis community, including free efforts like Play at Home and the WiseWrite Digital Play Festival. Stay tuned to repstl.org for continued updates, as well as exciting virtual arts activities.
The Fabulous Fox Theatre is excited to
announce a fetch 2020-2021 U.S. Bank Broadway Series. You can sit with us! When
GIRLS opens the seven-show season ticket package this September. You’ll
dance all night when the Lincoln Center Theater Production of Lerner &
Loewe’s MY FAIR LADY graces the Fox stage in October. Hear the evolution
of an icon when THE CHER SHOW turns back time and experience the Broadway magic
only Disney can deliver at their newest hit musical FROZEN. Get ready for
those Grammy winning songs and Tony winning moves when AIN’T
TOO PROUD – THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS makes
its St. Louis debut. Throw on a corsage because it’s time to dance at
Broadway’s hit musical comedy THE PROM. Fall in love all over
again when PRETTY WOMAN: The Musical dazzles audiences as the final show
in the Broadway series.
MEAN GIRLS | September
22 – October 4, 2020
Direct from Broadway, MEAN
GIRLS is the hilarious hit musical from book writer Tina Fey (“30
Rock”), composer Jeff Richmond (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”), lyricist Nell
Benjamin (Legally Blonde) and director Casey Nicholaw (The Book of
Mormon). Cady Heron may have grown up on an African savanna, but nothing
prepared her for the vicious ways of her strange new home: suburban Illinois.
Soon, this naïve newbie falls prey to a trio of lionized frenemies led by the
charming but ruthless Regina George. But when Cady devises a plan to end
Regina’s reign, she learns the hard way that you can’t cross a Queen Bee
without getting stung. New York Magazine cheers, “MEAN GIRLS delivers with
immense energy, a wicked sense of humor and joyful inside-jokery.” USA Today
says, “We’ll let you in on a little secret, because we’re such good friends:
GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!”
MY FAIR LADY | October
From Lincoln Center Theater and director Bartlett Sher comes “a sumptuous new
production of the most perfect musical of all time” (Entertainment Weekly),
Lerner & Loewe’s MY FAIR LADY. Boasting such classic
songs as “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “The Rain in Spain,” and “Wouldn’t It
Be Loverly,” MY FAIR LADY tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a
young Cockney flower seller, and Henry Higgins, a linguistics professor who is
determined to transform her into his idea of a “proper lady.” But who is
really being transformed?
THE CHER SHOW | November
The Tony Award®-winning musical! Her life. Her story. Her legend. Superstars come and go. Cher is forever. For six straight decades, only one unstoppable force has flat-out dominated popular culture — breaking down barriers, pushing boundaries, and letting nothing and no one stand in her way. THE CHER SHOW is the Tony Award-winning musical of her story, and it’s packed with so much Cher that it takes three women to play her: the kid starting out, the glam pop star, and the icon. THE CHER SHOW is 35 smash hits, six decades of stardom, two rock-star husbands, a Grammy®, an Oscar®, an Emmy®, and enough Tony Award-winning Bob Mackie gowns to cause a sequin shortage in New York City, all in one unabashedly fabulous new musical that will have you dancing in the aisles!
Disney’s FROZEN | February
From the producer of The Lion King
and Aladdin, FROZEN, the Tony®-nominated Best Musical,
is now on tour across North America, and the critics rave, “It’s simply
magical!” (LA Daily News). FROZEN features the songs you
love from the original Oscar®-winning film, plus an expanded score
with a dozen new numbers. An unforgettable theatrical experience filled with
sensational special effects, stunning sets and costumes, and powerhouse
performances, FROZEN is everything you want in a musical: It’s
moving. It’s spectacular. And above all, it’s pure Broadway joy.
AIN’T TOO PROUD – THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS | March
AIN’T TOO PROUD – THE
LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS is the electrifying
new smash-hit Broadway musical that follows The Temptations’ extraordinary
journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The
winner of the 2019 Tony Award for Best Choreography, it’s a thrilling story of
brotherhood, family, loyalty, and betrayal during a decade of civil unrest in
America. Set to the beat of the group’s treasured hits, including “My Girl,”
“Just My Imagination,” “Get Ready,” “Papa Was a Rolling Stone,” AIN’T
TOO PROUD tells the unforgettable story of the legendary quintet that
Billboard Magazine named the greatest R&B group of all time.
THE PROM | April 6-18, 2021
Everyone’s invited to
the joyous Broadway hit that New York Magazine calls “smart and big-hearted”
and The New York Times declares it “makes you believe in musical comedy again!”
PROM is a new musical comedy about big Broadway stars on a mission to
change the world and the love they discover that unites them all. Variety raves, “It’s so full of happiness
that you think your heart is about to burst.” And The Hollywood Reporter
cheers, “It’s comic gold!” You belong at THE PROM!
PRETTY WOMAN: The Musical | April 27 – May 9, 2021
an incredible run on Broadway, Audience Choice Award winner PRETTY
WOMAN: The Musical is now on tour! PRETTY WOMAN: The Musical is brought
to life by a powerhouse creative team representing the best of music,
Hollywood, and Broadway. Featuring direction and choreography by two-time Tony
Award® winner Jerry Mitchell (Hairspray, Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde), an
original score by Grammy® winner Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance (“Summer of ’69”,
“Heaven”), and a book by the movie’s legendary director Garry Marshall and
screenwriter J.F. Lawton, Pretty Woman: The Musical will lift your spirits and
light up your heart. “If you love the movie, you’ll love the musical!”
specials will be offered to 2020–2021 season ticket holders for priority
seating before their public on-sale dates.
holiday classic, Nebraska Theatre Caravan’s A CHRISTMAS CAROL will
return December 3-6 and the “most famous reindeer
of all” will soar into the Fox December 18-19 in RUDOLPH THE RED NOSED
REINDEER. A new
mesmerizing production of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR will kick off
the New Year January 26-31. Experience the smash hit phenomenon that is BLUE
MAN GROUP March 19-21.
Discover the mystery of a
brave young woman’s past in the romantic and adventure-filled musical ANASTASIA
May 14-16. You can’t stop the beat when HAIRSPRAY takes you back
to the 1960s May 21-23.
New seven-show season ticket packages will go on sale June 8 at 10 a.m. Current U.S. Bank Broadway season ticket holders will receive their renewal information the week of March 23. On-sale dates for individual shows will be announced later. For more information, please call the Fox Subscription office at 314-535-1700. Groups of 10 or more should call 314-535-2900 for special rates and reservations. The Broadway Series at the Fabulous Fox Theatre is presented by U.S. Bank.
2020 – 2021 U.S. Bank Broadway Series
Shows and Specials:
(The Seven Season Ticket shows are in bold)
GIRLS * September 22 – October 4, 2020
FAIR LADY * October 14-25, 2020
CHER SHOW * November 17-29, 2020
A CHRISTMAS CAROL * December 3-6,
RUDOLPH THE RED NOSED REINDEER
* December 18-19, 2020
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR *
January 26-31, 2021
FROZEN * February 10-21, 2021
TOO PROUD – THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS *
March 2-14, 2021
BLUE MAN GROUP * March 19-21,
PROM * April 6-18, 2021
WOMAN: The Musical * April 27 – May 9, 2021
The theatre will produce classics Moby Dick and Little Shop of Horrors, as well as two world premieres at two different theatres this season ST. LOUIS — The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis announces a dynamic new set of shows for its 2020-2021 season designed to delight, excite and engage theatregoers like never before.
“This year, we want to share the magic of The Rep with both our longtime supporters and new audiences across the region,” said Hana S. Sharif, The Rep’s Augustin Family Artistic Director. “Our new season will feature classics, contemporary thought-provoking shows and robust family programming to make theatre accessible to more people than ever before.”
The 2020-2021 season will include well-known works such as Moby Dick and Little Shop of Horrors, as well as groundbreaking contemporary plays like Hir, a dark comedy that explores family dysfunction and gender roles in America, and Mlima’s Tale, a captivating work from two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage.
The Rep will also debut world-premiere productions of Top of the World, a riveting psychological thriller, and The Gradient, a daring new play set in a near-future world where there are rehabilitation centers for men accused of sexual misconduct.
Sharif announced the season lineup at an event Thursday evening at Delmar Hall emceed by Julie Tristan, award-winning host and journalist for 98.1 FM and KPLR 11, and featuring special guest Missouri State Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, who delivered a proclamation welcoming Sharif to Missouri.
For the first time, two of The Rep’s productions this season will be presented in partnership with COCA – Center of Creative Arts in the soon-to-be-opened, state-of-the-art Berges Theatre in University City.
“Welcoming partners such as The Rep into our space is just the type of new programming we envisioned as we launched COCA’s expansion plans,” said Kelly Pollock, Executive Director of COCA. “Hosting part of The Rep’s season in the new Berges Theatre creates an opportunity to support professional theatre in St. Louis, while providing opportunities for young people brings us all closer to creating a St. Louis that is connected and inclusive.”
Event guests also got a sneak peek of the 2020-2021 season lineup with a special musical performance from Little Shop of Horrors, performed by vocalists Shayna Blass and Mark G. Meadows.
In addition to the six Mainstage shows and three Studio shows, The Rep will also produce the story of Donny Hathaway in Twisted Melodies, three productions for young audiences as part of its Imaginary Theatre Company, as well as an expanded New Play Festival in the fall. This season also kicks off a new holiday tradition with a December production of Charles Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol. (Detailed descriptions and run dates of all shows below and at repstl.org/2020-2021).
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The Rep’s 2020-2021 Season
Little Shop of Horrors Book by Howard Ashman Music by Alan Menken Lyrics by Howard Ashman
Previews: Sept. 4-10, 2020 Performances: Sept. 11 – Oct. 2, 2020 Performed at the Loretto-Hilton Center for the Performing Arts (130 Edgar Rd.)
It’s a classic tale, really: Girl meets boy. Boy meets carnivorous alien plant. Carnivorous alien plant develops an insatiable taste for blood. Join Seymour and Audrey on this musical comedy joy ride bursting with pop melodies, soul ballads and girl group swagger. Buckle up for an evening of romance, action and a just a touch of overzealous dentistry.
Top of the World by Catherine Butterfield
Performances: October 2020 Performed at COCA’s Berges Theatre (524 Trinity Ave.)
A riveting psychological thriller makes its world premiere at The Rep. Following the suicide of his wife, television crime show runner Brendan Murray desperately seeks any clues he might have missed. The mystery deepens when an episode of Brendan’s TV show begins to mirror his real-life tragedy all too closely. As Brendan and his family replay their memories seeking answers, they only unlock more questions. One question looms above the rest: how do they find a pathway to healing?
The Great Leap by Lauren Yee
Previews: Oct. 30 – Nov. 5, 2020 Performances: Nov. 6-22, 2020 Performed at the Loretto-Hilton Center for the Performing Arts
Armed with a lethal crossover dribble and a knack for devastating trash talk, 17-year-old Manford Lum is the star point guard of a U.S. college basketball team traveling to Beijing for an exhibition match between two rival coaches. But as this Chinese-American phenom arrives amidst the roiling backdrop of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, Manford discovers himself at the epicenter of a personal, political and cultural standoff. Lauren Yee’s formidable play bristles with all the relentless energy of its underdog hero.
Native Gardens by Karen Zacarias
Previews: Jan. 15-21, 2021 Performances: Jan. 22 – Feb. 7, 2021 Performed at the Loretto-Hilton Center for the Performing Arts
“The difference between a flower and a weed is a judgment.” In Karen Zacarías’ brilliant comedy, cultures and gardens collide, turning well-meaning neighbors into feuding enemies. The play begins as a polite backyard dispute between the young, upwardly mobile Del Valles and the thoroughly Baby Boomer Butleys. But as the pairs squabble over the two feet of dirt where their properties meet, the action spirals into a symphony of inspired chaos.
Oo-Bla-Dee by Regina Taylor
Performances: February 2021 Performed at COCA’s Berges Theatre
The piano is rollicking, the bass is thumping and the saxophone is wailing. It can only mean one thing: Evelyn Waters & The Diviners are in town. Regina Taylor’s swinging musical chronicles a 1940s Black female jazz band as they journey from St. Louis to Chicago seeking fame and freedom in a climate of racism, sexism and an unforgiving industry. Inspired by the true stories of Billie Holiday, Sweethearts of Rhythm, Valaida Snow and May Lou Williams, Oo-Bla-Dee celebrates all the women musicians who fought for and earned their rightful place in American history.
Moby Dick Adapted by David Catlin From the book by Herman Melville
Previews: March 12-18, 2021 Performances: March 19 – April 11, 2021 Performed at the Loretto-Hilton Center for the Performing Arts
Madness, obsession and bloodlust take harrowing flight in a thrilling revision of Melville’s masterpiece. Captain Ahab’s hunt for the great White Whale soars to new heights through exhilarating acrobatic and theatrical spectacle that invites audiences into the heart of the action. This adaptation from Lookingglass Theatre Company brings a literary legend to life in an experience that’s both visceral and evocative.
STEVE WOOLF STUDIO SERIES:
Hir by Taylor Mac
Previews: Oct. 9-15, 2020 Performances: Oct. 16 – Nov. 1, 2020 Performed at the Loretto-Hilton Center for the Performing Arts
As Isaac returns from the war zone of Afghanistan, he finds fresh battle lines have been drawn in his childhood home. This dark comedy sees the soldier’s dysfunctional family in a total role reversal: a tyrannical father enfeebled by sickness, a once timid mother drunk with power and a sibling transitioning into a person he doesn’t recognize anymore. With the family’s former identity upended, old wounds and unresolved grudges drag them into all-out chaos.
The Gradient by Steph Del Rosso
Previews: Jan. 8 – Jan. 14, 2021 Performances: Jan. 15-31, 2021 Performed at the Loretto-Hilton Center for the Performing Arts
In this world premiere satire set in the not-so-distant future, a new facility promises to take men accused of sexual misconduct and rehabilitate them into responsible citizens. But inside the walls of The Gradient, the culture ruled by profit margins and corporate buzzwords muddles its high ideals. New employee Tess is eager to do her part, but finds herself locked in a subtle psychological battle with her latest client – one who has the perfect answer to her every question. Steph Del Rosso’s bold new play asks: can we mass-produce forgiveness?
Mlima’s Tale by Lynn Nottage
Previews: March 26 – April 1, 2021 Performances: April 2-18, 2021 Performed at the Loretto-Hilton Center for the Performing Arts
Mlima, a majestic and powerful African elephant, is murdered for his tusks. From beyond the veil of death, Mlima’s spirit follows the path of his tusks on a moving, lyrical journey through the dark world of the international ivory trade. From Lynn Nottage, the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of Sweat and Ruined, Mlima’s Tale is a captivating and haunting fable come to life.
Twisted Melodies Written by and starring Kelvin Roston, Jr.
Performances: July 2020
This powerful one-man show is based on the life of St. Louis soul music icon Donny Hathaway, perhaps best known for his duets with Roberta Flack. Twisted Melodies is an immersive and crushing play about the brilliant singer and composer’s compelling inner struggle. Torn between the muses that inspire him and the mental illness that torments him, Hathaway evaluates his life in a gripping performance by St. Louis native Kelvin Roston, Jr.
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens Adapted by Michael Wilson
Previews: Dec. 6-10, 2020 Performances: Dec. 11-30, 2020 Performed at the Loretto-Hilton Center for the Performing Arts
At long last, the ghosts of Ebenezer Scrooge’s past, present and future have caught up with him. Now London’s most infamous miser must take a transformative journey as he faces the worst parts of himself and discovers unexpected redemption. Families are sure to delight in this enchanting winter’s tale filled with the wonder of Christmas in a theatrical extravaganza unlike any that St. Louis has seen before. Don’t miss the start of a new tradition as The Rep launches its annual production of Michael Wilson’s fantastical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ beloved tale.
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IMAGINARY THEATRE COMPANY:
A Gnome for Christmas by Sarah Brandt Music and lyrics by Stephen James Neale
A warm-hearted holiday musical sprinkled with fun and hijinks, A Gnome for Christmas returns to the Imaginary Theatre Company. Lulu’s father is an inventor…just not a very successful one. After another of his failed inventions lands the family at a rundown farmhouse, Lulu’s about ready to give up. But when mysterious and magical things start happening, it seems that this farm might be home to more than meets the eye. A mischievous enchanted gnome, Timmy, is determined to bring Lulu a little Christmas cheer. With memorable songs and lovable characters, it’s the perfect holiday confection.
Puss in Boots by Nathan and Jennifer Roberts
Everyone’s favorite feline fable is here to charm and beguile! The miller’s son is not finding life easy, with barely a penny to his name and no inheritance from his father, save for a useless cat and a pair of too-small boots. But this cat hides a secret: She can talk! And sing! And she has a plan to take them from the poorhouse to a princely castle. But how long can this extraordinary kitty keep up the ruse before the cat is out of the bag? Bring the whole family and share the legend of Puss in Boots!
Tomás and the Library Lady Adapted by José Cruz Gonzalez From the book by Pat Mora
Dive into a fantastical world of books in this celebratory true story. As Tomás’ family heads north to Iowa for work, they find fewer and fewer people who speak their native Spanish language. Looking for a place to fit in, Tomás finds a new passion when he befriends a librarian who introduces him to the magical world of books. This enchanting story adventures through the pages of towering dinosaurs and ferocious tigers, igniting Tomás’ imagination and bringing the audience along for the ride.
By CB Adams
We are living in the age of the Christmas-industrial complex. Never before have we had such a wealth of holiday entertainments, from dancing sugar plum fairies to prancing Grinches. The slate of stage, film, television, radio and music options means you can curate a Christmas season experience exactly to your liking.
One franchise rules them all, Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” and one character from that novella, Ebenezer Scrooge, stands scowling above the holiday fray, waiting, not for his close-up, but his redemption.
So imagine the challenge faced by Charles Jones, the founder and creator of the Nebraska Theatre Caravan, as he adapted Dickens’ tale for the stage more than 40 years ago. The field of Christmas Carol interpretations was full even then, including several well-known films starring the likes of George C. Scott, Lionel Barrymore, Alastair Sim, Albert Finney and, ahem, even Jim Backus, to say nothing of later incarnations by Jim Carrey and Patrick Stewart. So there were plenty of ways to present “the wicked old screw.”
According to Jones’ own introduction, “I think of this adaptation and the production of “A Christmas Carol” as a masque. It is not a musical comedy.”
A masque, in case your theater history is a bit rusty, was a form of festive entertainment popular with the royals in 16th- and early 17th-century Europe. Masques were especially popular in Merry Old England, where they were considered among the highest art forms. The Puritans in the 1600s tried their Scroogely best to abolish masques, but they have persevered in one form or another to the present day.
This bit of history provides the key for Jones’ approach. It’s a bit like adapting the story of the Titanic – we all know the ship sinks in the end. The transformation of Scrooge from miser to magnanimous mensch has entered our cultural lexicon and shared imaginations.
There’s a reason this story has resonated from its publication in 1843 as well as a reason that Nebraska Theatre Caravan’s production of Jones’ adaptation has had a successful 40-year run. Although not a “musical comedy” by Jones’ definition, is certainly is music-filled and definitely played to lighter, comedic effect.
There’s nary a bleak Dickensian Victorian moment to be had during the play’s two acts. For instance, the Charity Men, who are usually presented as serious solicitors for charity, enter Scrooge’s place and request a donation with the buffoonery of Lauren and Hardy, though they are toned down in their appearance at the play’s conclusion.
One of the most successful aspects is the show’s pacing. As played by 23 actors in multiple roles, one scene moves swiftly into another – advantageous in our age of short attention spans. Andy Harvey as Scrooge carries the show with a solid supporting cast.
Special effects also move the story along and hold their own in comparison to those in the filmed adaptations, though the Ghost of Christmas Past’s spectral presence seemed, like Scrooge’s bed clothes, a bit frayed around the edges and in need of a refresh.
One of the highlights of this production is the seamless integration of traditional Christmas carols into the action. Especially noteworthy is “Dancing Day” and “Susanni” during the Fezziwig Warehouse scene, “The Holly and the Ivy” and “The Other Night” in the Cratchit home scene, and “The Polka” and “Greensleeves” during the festivities at Fred and Millie’s home.
If this production were a beer, it would be “Scrooge Lite.” Perhaps harkening to its heartland roots, it is a steak and potatoes adaptation – and a good value for the ticket price. This is not a bad thing for its intended, broad audience. It’s simple enough for children to follow along – and laugh along – and fulfilling enough for adults to enjoy the same things.
This production’s longevity is well-deserved and a popular choice – among so many – for some families who make it an annual event.
“A Christmas Carol” played at the Fox Theatre Dec. 6-9.