Review: New Line Theatre’s Lizzie

by Rachel Lewis

Evoking a creepy chorus of children setting the scene in a melancholic horror flick, New Line’s staging of the off-kilter rock, or more appropriately, riot grrrl musical Lizzie, opens with the schoolyard rhyme that likely serves as the primary point of reference for most audience members toward the titular Victorian crime saga: “Lizzie Borden took an ax/ She gave her mother 40 whacks…” And it gets creepier, and more tongue-in-cheek, from there. Continue reading

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CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR NEW LINE THEATRE’S 26th SEASON OF FEARLESS, ADULT MUSICAL THEATRE, FEATURING TWO WORLD PREMIERES!

ST. LOUIS, MO . . . New Line Theatre, “the bad boy of musical theatre,” announces its 26th season of adult, alternative musical theatre, including the world premiere of a new revised version of the wild, 1969 adult jazz-rock musical CELEBRATION, by the creators of The Fantasticks, running Sept. 29-Oct. 22, 2016; followed by Kander & Ebb’s rarely produced gem ZORBA, running March 2-25, 2017; then the regional premiere of the pitch-black 2002 jazz-rock musical THE SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS, based on the famous novel and film, running June 1-24, 2017; and the world premiere of the third installment of New Line’s own creation, the new revue OUT ON BROADWAY: THE THIRD COMING, running August 3-19, 2017. All New Line’s mainstage shows will be in the company’s new home, the Marcelle Theater, the new blackbox theatre in Grand Center, St. Louis’ arts district. Read press release

Relevance onstage. Conversation offstage.

There is a question I’ve been asking myself. It comes up more and more as I continue my adventures in theatre. The more I work on shows that are socially relevant and newer (something that generally, not always, goes hand-in-hand), I wonder: Why are there so few shows being performed that speak to the issues of today? Why do we as audiences and theatre-makers alike continue to revere the elder works? Please do not take any of this to mean I dislike more traditional and older shows; to this day, Gypsy remains my all-time favorite musical and I’m working on a concept for Romeo and Juliet. Continue reading

This Week in St. Louis Theatre…

HERE’S WHAT’S HAPPENING THIS WEEK IN ST. LOUIS!

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