Habitués of the local theater scene no doubt recognize the name Ben Nordstrom
. You've enjoyed his affable manner and clear singing voice in Stages St. Louis productions such as Footloose
(for which he won a Kevin Kline award as Ren) and Little Women
(he made a tender and slightly goofy Laurie), as well as in shows with the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and New Jewish Theatre. Nordstrom's just as entertaining when he's not playing a lead, however; his turn as one of the bickering councilmen-turned-barbershop-quartet in The Music Man
(also with Stages) was a classic example of the "there are no small roles" corollary. Today at 11 a.m. at the Sheldon (3648 Washington Boulevard; 314-533-9900 or www.thesheldon.org
), Nordstrom takes center stage in The Music of Broadway
, a cabaret-style tribute to the works of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Gershwin and Sondheim. Tickets are a steal at $5 to $10.
Sat., Jan. 17, 2009