Editor’s Choice For Upcoming Productions: July 2017

1. Insight Theatre Presents On Golden Pond

  • July 6-23, 2017
  • Thurs- Fri performances starting at 8 pm, Sunday matinees at 2 pm
  • On Golden Pond had its Broadway appearance in 1979. Directed by Ernest Thompson and reopened again the following season.  It received a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play and received 5 Drama Desk Awards:  Outstanding New Play; Outstanding Actor in a Play;  Outstanding Actress in a play.In 2005 it also received a Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play and Best Actor in a Play.

    When it was adapted for the screen in 1981, it starred Henry Fonda, Katherine Hepburn and Jane Fonda, and was highly acclaimed.  It is a love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer, a long married couple in their near 80s and their relationship with their daughter, Chelsea.

2. The Muny Presents A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

  • July 5-11, 2017
  • All performances start at 8:15 pm
  • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum tells the bawdy story of a slave named Pseudolus who schemes to win the heart of the beautiful virgin, Philia, for his young master, Hero. In exchange, Hero will grant Pseudolus his freedom once and for all. However, things are never as easy as they seem. Chaos ensues with hair-brained schemes, cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors and convoluted plot twists. The show’s comedy draws on sexual innuendo.A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum combines the ancient comedies of Plautus with a vaudevillian delivery. The show’s title derives from a line often used by comedians to begin a story: “A funny thing happened on the way to the theatre…”  The original 1962 Broadway production won several Tony Awards®, including Best Musical.

3. COCA Presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

  • July 21-23, 2017
  • Friday at 7 pm, Saturday and Sunday at 1 pm and 5 pm
  • Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is a classic story of a young woman and a prince trapped under an enchantress’ spell, which only needs the power of love to break. This production features the film’s Academy Award-winning score with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman, with additional song with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Tim Rice. The book is by Linda Woolverton. COCA Theatre Company (CTC) is an auditioned ensemble of students enrolled in COCA’s Pre-Professional Division. (120 min., includes intermission)

4. Stages St. Louis Presents 9 to 5: The Musical

  • July 21-August 20, 2017
  • Performances Tuesday through Sunday, NO MONDAY PERFORMANCES
  • 9 to 5: The Musical is based on the seminal 1980 hit movie, this hilarious musical romp that explores friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era is outrageous, romantic, and even a little bit thought provoking in its heroines’ desire to break the glass ceiling. Chock-full of upbeat and optimistic songs by country superstar Dolly Parton and featuring the toe-tapping title tune, “9 to 5”, three female coworkers concoct a plan to live out their wildest fantasies by giving their sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot of a boss the boot! In the process, the women give their workplace a dream makeover and take control of the company that had always kept them down. A bright and brand new musical bon-bon for STAGES audiences and a celebration for anyone who has ever struggled with any kind of authority figure, you will laugh, cry, and ultimately cheer the exploits of Violet, Judy, and Doralee as they discover the joys of working 9 to 5!

5. St. Charles Community College Presents You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown!

  • July 26-30, 2017
  • Performances at 7:30, Saturday matinees at 12:30 pm and 2 pm
  • This revival of the original 1967 musical is a fresh approach to the comic book world of Charles Schulz.  All your favorite characters are here:  Charlie Brown, Sally, Linus, Lucy, Schroeder, and even Snoopy as they experience “an average day in the life of Charlie Brown.”  It really is just that – a day made up of little moments picked from various comic strips and set to music.  Come see Charlie and the gang battle with kites, book reports, baseball games, Valentine’s Day, and childhood crushes before finally realizing what true happiness is all about.


6. Looking Glass Playhouse Presents Rocky Horror Picture Show

  • July 28-29, 2017
  • Performances at 7:30 pm and 10:30 pm
  • In this cult classic, sweethearts Brad and Janet, stuck with a flat tire during a storm, discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a transvestite scientist. As their innocence is lost, Brad and Janet meet a houseful of wild characters, including a rocking biker and a creepy butler. Through elaborate dances and rock songs, Frank-N-Furter unveils his latest creation: a muscular man named “Rocky.”

If you happen to check out any of these productions, and I suggest that you do, please let us know what you think and make sure to tell them that St. Louis Limelight Magazine sent you. Comment below if you are looking forward to a production that I didn’t include.


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