Friday, June 8, 2012
Here's what's happening in and near Clayton, Richmond Heights, Ladue and University City this week.
Clayton-Richmond Heights Patch teams up with neighboring Patch sites each week to round up events and happenings in the area. Here are our picks for this weekend. Friday, June 8 Saturday, June 9
Friday, May 18, 2012
Here's how New Line Theatre plans to turn 'High Fidelity,' the story of a record-shop owner with a lot to learn about love and life, into a St. Louis sensation—again.
When High Fidelity opened on Broadway in late 2006, it flopped. Critics were merciless. The show seemed destined never to be produced again. But Scott Miller of Clayton's New Line Theatre—having heard the cast album—saw something different. After working out an agreement with the writers of the musical, Miller produced High Fidelity in St. Louis. It was a bona fide hit. Critics praised it. Every performance but one sold out, and it inspired productions across the country. Now, it's returning for a second run. Like the cult movie that came before it, High Fidelity the musical—with a book by David Lindsay-Abaire and songs by Tom Kitt and Amanda Green—is based on a 1995 novel by Nick Hornby. The story focuses on Rob, a 30-something Brooklyn …
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Here's what's happening during the week of March 18, 2012 in and near Clayton, Richmond Heights, University City, Ladue and Frontenac.
Clayton-Richmond Heights Patch teams up with neighboring Patch sites each week to round up events and happenings in the area. Here are our picks for this week. Tuesday, March 20. Wednesday, March 21. Thursday, March 22. Friday, March 23. Saturday, March 24. Sunday, March 25. Want to see your Clayton-Richmond Heights, University City or Ladue-Frontenac event featured in this column? Email Patch reporter Angela Atkinson at firstname.lastname@example.org with your event information.
Friday, October 28, 2011
A new book by Scott Miller, artistic director of New Line Theatre in Clayton, offers insights into culture's influence on the modern American musical.
A new book by the artistic director of Clayton's New Line Theatre looks at how sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll have shaped our society and the modern American musical, and in turn how musicals are shaping our culture. The premise of Scott Miller's newest book, Sex, Drugs, Rock and Roll and Musicals, is not difficult to accept at face value. But if you have doubts, you won't after reading Miller. His exploration of American musicals has resulted in five previous books, each richly detailed, comprehensive and insightful. The book looks primarily at 10 different shows, the earliest being 1967's Hair. But it begins with Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party, written in 2000 and based on the shocking, book-length 1920s poem by Joseph Moncure March during …
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Each week, we bring you several interesting things happening this weekend in St. Louis.
If you're looking for something to do in or near Clayton and Richmond Heights this weekend, we've got the list for you. Check out these upcoming events, then tell us what you'll be doing by posting a comment to the article. KOREAN FILM SERIES AT WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY When/Where: 7 p.m. Friday at Washington University's Seigle Hall, Room L006. The university is located at 1 Brookings Dr. in St. Louis. Why Go: The comedy depicts a romance production company that puts clients into dramatic scenarios to achieve match-making. Pricing: Free NEW LINE THEATRE'S 'PASSING STRANGE' When/Where: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Washington University's South Campus Theatre, 6501 Clayton Rd. in Clayton Why Go: In this musical, follow a young African-…
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
The musical 'Passing Strange” takes the audience on a wild ride through sex, drugs and rock and roll. It's playing now at the Washington University South Campus Theatre in Clayton.
The story of a young man undertaking a journey of self-discovery is as old as theater itself. But “Passing Strange,” being presented by New Line Theatre in Clayton, breathes new life into the old device by telling the story almost entirely in music. The show incorporates rock, punk, funk and gospel, leaving no musical stone unturned as the hero, Youth, searches for “the real.” The show features book and lyrics by Stew (formerly known as Mark Stewart), who leads the group Stew and the Negro Problem, with orchestrations by Stew and Heidi Rodewald. The show opened on Broadway in 2008 and has garnered seven Tony nominations, three Drama Desk awards and the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Musical. We follow Youth from black middle…
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Scott Miller's New Line Theatre lives up to its slogan.
Scott Miller is a busy man. The New Line Theatre Artistic Director is in the final production of his 20th season. The pop musical “bare,” directed by Miller, examines 5 main characters in boarding school who are experiencing various conflicts. The show has played to rave reviews and runs through June 25 at the South Campus Theatre in Clayton. But that's just the beginning of the Miller juggernaut. The word “prolific” doesn't seem adequate. Miller has written the book, music and lyrics for nine musicals and two non-musical plays. He's also written five books about musicals available at Amazon with a sixth on the way, one novel, contributed to 5 other books and has composed music for film, television and radio. His writing has been published…
Monday, June 6, 2011
The New Line Theatre musical now playing in St. Louis looks at universal issues affecting both young and old.
*Editor's note: An earlier version of this article incorrectly identified the person who worked with singers in the musical. Sarah Wilson worked in that role. This article has been updated to reflect her name. bare, a musical now showing at Washington University South Campus Theatre in St. Louis, portrays a group of seniors at a Catholic high school as they explore and experience sexuality, religion, jealousy and guilt. Catholicism is just the framework on which the plot hangs, but in the musical by Damon Intrabartolo and John Hartmere Jr., the real story is the issues and conflicts the students face. They are things we can remember from our own youth, or even things that we experience as adults. The cast of New Line Theatre's production …
Thursday, June 2, 2011
Learn about the event benefiting the Delta Gamma Center for Children with Visual Impairments, Friday deals during Shop Clayton Shops and more.
Looking for something fun and different to do this weekend in or around Clayton and Richmond Heights? Look no further! We’ve got some ideas right here. RUMMAGE SALE When/Where: 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at 1750 S. Big Bend Blvd. in Richmond Heights Why Go: All proceeds from this giant sale will benefit the Delta Gamma Center for Children with Visual Impairments. Pricing: Various SHOP CLAYTON SHOPS When/Where: Friday at participating Clayton retailers Why Go: Head on out and do some shopping in downtown Clayton. Numerous stores are offering special deals throughout the first Friday of each month until September. Pricing: Participating stores will offer one of three types of discounts, the website of the Clayton Chamber of Commerce states…
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
New Line Theatre's production now showing in Clayton turns a rough diamond into a sparkling gem.
It's not the greatest musical ever written—far from it. The script is weak and full of holes. The music—less than memorable. To call the lyrics silly is to be kind. Some of the performers sang out of their range, and the sound system harshly amplified every scratchy note. And it was the most fun I've had at the theater in a long time. New Line Theatre presented a rollicking production of Two Gentlemen of Verona on Friday night, romping across the stage to a Latin beat. The audience was happy to join the conga line. The cast had spirit and enthusiasm. It just had a good old time, and that energy and joy was served up buffet-style—a little of this, a little of that—until our plates were heaped with tasty morsels. The audience ate it up. Two …