Production Calendar for Feb. 2-4 Weekend: Opening – “Bud, Not Buddy,” “Bus Stop” and ‘The Sound of Music”; Final weekend: “Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson” and “Faceless,” and continuing productions “The How and the Why” and “Menopause the Musical.”
“Bud, Not Buddy”
Public Performances start Sunday, Feb. 4 at 2 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through Feb. 25.
Metro Theatre Company and Jazz St. Louis present
Grandel Theatre, 3610 Grandel Square in Grand Center, St. Louis
Tickets: MetroTix online or 314-534-1111
What It’s About: Based on the 2000 Newbery Medal-winning novel by Christopher Paul Curtiss, this play combines eight actors with a 13-piece jazz band, who will perform an original score from Grammy-winning composer Terence Blanchard. The story, set in the 1930s, is about a 10-year-old boy who is looking for his father, and finds a home and a passion for music. It was commissioned by the Kennedy Center and won the Coretta Scott King Award.
Starring: Anthony Terrell, Myke Andrews, FeliceSkye Hutchinson, Don McClendon, Reginald Pierre, Carl Overly Jr., Nicholas Kryah and Chris Ware.
Director: Julia Flood
Of Note: Metro Theater Company, celebrating its 45th anniversary, is the first company in the country to do “Bud, Not Buddy” after its commissioned debut at the Kennedy Center.
Jazz St. Louis Director of Education Phil Dunlap serves as music director.
Thursdays through Sundays until Feb. 11, started Feb. 1
Clayton Community Theatre
Washington University South Campus Theatre
6501 Clayton Road
What It’s About: William Inge’s 1955 Midwestern slice-of-life comedic drama centers on the eight people who pass the time overnight in a small-town diner during a snowstorm. By the time the road is cleared, five travelers journeying from Kansas City to Denver aren’t quite the same as they were at the start, as are three locals.
Starring: Lucy Sappington, Erin Struckhoff, Jeff Lovell, Britteny Henry, Joe O’Connor, Jeff Struckhoff, Gene Rauscher and Michael C. Bouchard
Director: Sam Hack
Of Note: Playwright William Inge (1913-1973), a celebrated playwright, screenwriter and novelist from Independence, Kan., worked as a drama and music critic at the St. Louis Times and taught at Washington University. He has a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame, and an Oscar and Pulitzer Prize.
He earned a Pulitzer for his 1953 play “Picnic,” and won an Academy Award for his screenplay to “Splendor in the Grass” in 1960.
The 1956 movie version of “Bus Stop” starred Marilyn Monroe. But the play is more of an ensemble piece, with additional characters and more complexity to the relationships.
Photo: John Lamb
“The Sound of Music”
Friday, Saturday, Sunday Feb. 2-4
The Fox Theatre
What It’s About: The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the Von Trapp Family is on national tour. It’s Tony, Grammy and Oscar-winning score by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II includes “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss” and “Maria.”
Starring: Jill-Christine Wiley as Maria, Mike McLean as Capt. George von Trapp and Lauren Kidwell as The Mother Abbess.
Of Note: The 1965 film remains the most successful movie musical in history.
“Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson”
Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m.
Looking Glass Playhouse
301 W. St. Louis St., Lebanon, Ill.
What It’s About: Rock musical from Michael Friedman and Alex Timbers presents an alternate universe about the seventh American president, from his early days on the wild frontier to his controversial time in the White House. Eerie parallels to today’s political landscape.
Starring: Russ Reidelberger and Leigh Reidelberger as Andrew and Rachel Jackson
Director: Gigi Dowling Urban
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 2 – 4
The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Studio Theatre
130 Edgar Road, Webster Groves
What It’s About: A battle of wits between a radicalized white American teenage girl, Susie Glenn, accused of terrorism, and prosecutor Claire Fathi, a Harvard-educated devout Muslim woman. Starring: Susaan Jamshidi, Michael James Reed, Ross Lehman, Lindsay Stock and Joe Dempsey.
Director: BJ Jones
Of Note: This production is in association with the Northlight Theatre in Chicago. This topical legal thriller was written by Selena Fillinger, who is 22 years old.
“The How and the Why”
Through Feb. 11
New Jewish Theater, Marvin and Harlene Wool Studio Theatre
Jewish Community Center, 2 Millstone Campus Drive, Creve Coeur
What It’s About: Sarah Treem’s smart and provocative play about science, family and survival of the fittest centers on two women of different generations who struggle to come together on both a personal and a professional level.
Starring: Amy Loui and Sophia Brown
Director: Nancy Bell
Of Note: The play explores many areas of struggle for women, especially in the field of scientific research: the fierce competition among scientists for recognition of their discoveries; the struggles in the academic world for prestigious positions and grant funding: and female attitudes about sex, relationships, men, motherhood and families.”
Photo: Eric Woolsey
“Menopause the Musical”
Through March 31
The Playhouse at Westport Plaza
635 West Port Plaza
What It’s About: Four women meet while shopping for a black lace bra at a lingerie sale. After noticing unmistakable similarities among one another, the cast jokes about their woeful hot flashes, mood swings, wrinkles, weight gain and much more.
Starring: Laura Ackerman, Marty K.Casey, Lee Ann Matthews and Rosemary Watts
Director: Seth Greenleaf
Of Note: There are 1.7 million menopausal women worldwide. Nearly 11 million people in 13 countries (more than 350 cities) have attended the performance. It’s the longest running scripted musical in Las Vegas history. Internationally, the show has performed in Australia, Canada, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, United Kingdom, South Africa and South Korea