When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through June 30
Singer, songwriter and all-around entertainer Peter Allen made it a long way in his too-short life. Born Peter Woolnough in Tenterfield, Australia, he changed his name when he entered show biz in the early '60s. While performing in a Hong Kong hotel one fateful night, Allen dazzled Judy Garland, who was in the audience. Garland brought Allen back to America as her opening act, which launched his international career. Allen also embarked on an ill-fated romance and marriage with Garland's daughter, Liza Minnelli, although Mama always had some suspicions about his sexual preferences. In his professional life, Allen wrote a ton of hit songs, including "I Honestly Love You" and "Don't Cry Out Loud." Both of these songs and an armful of Allen's other hits are featured in the jukebox musical The Boy From Oz, which retells Allen's life story through his music. Stages St. Louis opens its new season with the show, which is performed Tuesday through Sunday (May 31 to June 30) at the Robert G. Reim Theatre (111 South Geyer Road, Kirkwood; www.stagesstlouis.org). Tickets are $25 to $65.