Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

You Can't Keep a Good Ship Down Goldenrod Showboat Chugs Right Along

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

You Can't Keep a Good Ship Down Goldenrod Showboat Chugs Right Along

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It takes more than Nature's wrath to sink a theater, and the Goldenrod Showboat is no exception. Despite a damaged hull in 1992 and two river onslaughts this year, the Goldenrod is back to full houses and a strong production schedule for 1994.

"We re-opened on Oct. 7, and even though the flood took the best business months of the year away from us, we did better in three weeks this October than in the whole month last year," said Jane Barker, director of sales and marketing for the Goldenrod.

"I think people were probably waiting for us to open."

"A Chorus Line" will run at the Goldenrod until Jan. 30. The musical played on Broadway for 15 years and won the Pulitzer Prize for drama, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award and nine Tony awards, including best musical.

The production is about the lives of chorus line dancers - perceived by the late writer Michael Bennett as the unsung heroes of theater. The musical centers on the auditions of four girls and four boys for the chorus of a new Broadway musical.

Goldenrod artistic director Brett Lassiter said that despite overwhelmingly positive reviews, the intense and hard-hitting look at life in the theater got off to a rocky start at the Goldenrod.

"We felt that the language and graphics offended St. Charles audiences, so we toned it down. We took out some four-letter words and a few songs," Lassiter said.

Lassiter said he would have preferred to keep the original script.

"I believe when a genius like Michael Bennett puts his life blood into a creation like `A Chorus Line,' it should stand as written," Lassiter said. "For some reason, St. Charles audiences couldn't handle that, and we learned a valuable lesson," Lassiter said.

Lassiter described next year's production schedule as vintage family fare, cast primarily with St. Louis and St. Charles actors. Scheduled are:

"Run for Your Wife," Feb. 2 to March 26.

"Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," March 30 to July 2.

"Show Boat," July 6 to Sept. …

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