New Seasons: Citilites and Stages

Both Citilites and Stages-St. Louis begin their seasons later in the year. At Citilites, we’ll be treated to three great plays and, who knows, we may even see the re-emergence of Citilites West. Leading off the season is the once-controversial “The Boys In The Band- hitting the boards from March 2-18. This Mart Crowley classic raised eyebrows when it first opened and then transformed into a great movie- due in part to the original cast all participating. I remember a heavy police presence at the first community theatre production in St. Louis when it was presented at the Florissant Civic Center.

Coming up next will be “Brave Smiles-Another Lesbian Tragedy” by The Five Lesbian Brothers. This one holds forth at the Gaslight Square Theatre July 13-29.

Closing out their regular season will be the uproarious “Ruthless! The Musical.” This story of the ultimate stage mothers and little girls worthy of today’s “Toddlers and Tiaras” will have you rolling in the aisles. It runs November 2-18. Contact them at 314-773-1879 or citilitestheatre.com for season tickets or more information.

Stages-St. Louis, offering summer musical theatre in Kirkwood, will present season 26- The American Composer Celebration. Featuring some of the greatest American composers of musical theatre, they lead off with Fats Waller’s “Ain’t Misbehavin’. This musical revue of the great man’s work will offer great songs like “Honeysuckle Rose,” “Your Feets’ Too Big” and the captivating title number. It runs June 1 through July 1.

Rodgers and Hammerstein will be represented July 20-August 19 as Stages returns one of their biggest hits, “The Sound of Music.” The glorious story based on the Von Trapp family is a favorite for young and old alike. “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Favorite Things” and the title song are but a few of the hits from this wondrous score.

Closing out the regular season will be the great George Gershwin, represented by a new musical featuring his works, created originally by Tommy Tune, “My One And Only.” Besides the toe-tapping title number, thrill to great Gershwin favorites like “Strike Up The Band,” S’Wonderful” and “Funny Face.” It runs September 7- October 7.

Also part of their regular season is their traditional children’s musical- this time around and adaptation of the great Disney film, “Aladdin.” It runs June 20 to July 1. Contact them at 314-821-2407 or stagesstlouis.org for season tickets or more information. So join Citilites and Stages- St. Louis as they bring exciting theatre to our town.

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