Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Another Opening, Theater, That Is

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Another Opening, Theater, That Is

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`ANOTHER op'ning, another show," another theater comes to town. Cole Porter wrote the first half of the sentence to applaud the debut of a touring company in "Kiss Me, Kate." I'm adding the second to applaud the arrival of another theater company in St. Louis.

Michael Brightman, who wisely has not given up his day job, is the man behind Citilites, which will lift its first curtain (in a manner of speaking) on Feb. 9 at the New City School, where Theatre Project Company held forth for so long. Brightman's company will open with a two-week, 14-performance run of "Evita," but he promises a different perspective on the show than we have seen in other productions.

Brightman, 29, grew up in Philadelphia and is a graduate of the University of Delaware. As an actor, he recently finished an eight-month run as Juan Peron in a Chicago production, though he hopes not to play the role here. He apparently concludes that directing, and artistic directing, are enough. He was involved with Dangerous Visions here a few years ago, directing Bruce Jay Friedman's "Steambath."

Brightman has chosen Kas Smith as musical director and Cindy Dugan as choreographer and will hold auditions next month (878-8742 for information). If all goes well, Citilites will be back in the fall of 1994 with the Kander-Ebb musical "And the World Goes Round," "West Side Story" and a straight play still to be selected.

As usual, there's liable to be many slip between cup and lip, and even more likelihood if it's a theatrical venture, but Brightman seems to have some experience to go with the desire, and besides, it's a nifty way to usher in 1994.

Boy, what a relief!: For many years, though not as a regular thing, I've heard discussions about the size of angels, and always thought they were small enough to join an unknown number of their compatriots dancing on the head of a pin.

Wrong!

A "life-sized" angel is available for your Christmas lawn, courtesy of Hammacher Schlemmer, and a store like that wouldn't fudge on its figures. …

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