Fox Theatre http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Broadway’s ‘Once’ Breaks With Musical Tradition, Tour Stops In St. Louis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/broadway-s-once-breaks-musical-tradition-tour-stops-st-louis <p></p><p>The touring company of Broadway musical “Once” has made its way to St. Louis. As a musical based on a movie based on the music and life of Dublin musician Glenn Hansard, the show is not your average Broadway show.</p><p>For one, it begins by inviting the audience up on stage (for more on that <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/reflection-belly-stage-stl-s-fox-theatre-s-once">read Nancy Fowler’s reflection on the show</a>). For another, the cast doubles as the orchestra – no musicians sitting in a pit for this show.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:57:11 +0000 Camille Phillips 35229 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Broadway’s ‘Once’ Breaks With Musical Tradition, Tour Stops In St. Louis Reflection: Belly Up To The Stage In STL’s Fox Theatre’s ‘Once’ http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/reflection-belly-stage-stl-s-fox-theatre-s-once <p>Ever dreamed of appearing onstage at St. Louis’ Fox Theatre, basking in the lights, beaming at the audience – even once?</p><p></p><p>Thank you, Fox and <a href="http://www.oncemusical.com/preview.html">the musical “Once” </a>for helping me cross that off my bucket list. Through April 20, you, too, can stand in the very space where giants – including Nat “King” Cole, Mae West and Elizabeth Taylor – have planted their feet since 1929.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 03:44:44 +0000 Nancy Fowler 35163 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Reflection: Belly Up To The Stage In STL’s Fox Theatre’s ‘Once’ Teen Artists Compete For Scholarships, Perform At The Fox http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/teen-artists-compete-scholarships-perform-fox <p>For the fourth time in as many years, the Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation is putting on the St. Louis Teen Talent Competition. From an initial audition pool of more than 100 teens from the metro area, twelve finalists have been selected to perform at the Fox Theatre Friday, April 4.</p><p></p><p>The finalists will be competing for college scholarships and the opportunity to make appearances, but in reality they have already won said writer, director and choreographer Tony Parise, who is directing the performance.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 21:10:25 +0000 Camille Phillips 34819 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Teen Artists Compete For Scholarships, Perform At The Fox Richard Baker Bids Farewell To The Fox, Shares Thoughts On Local Arts Scene http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/richard-baker-bids-farewell-fox-shares-thoughts-local-arts-scene <p>Richard Baker, president of Fox Associates since 2001 and a member of the Fox Theatre staff in a variety of capacities since 1986, is leaving to become president and CEO of the Starlight Theatre in Kansas City on March 17.</p><p>Earlier this week, Baker sat down for a lengthy interview that looked back on his eventful 27-plus years at the Fox, the evolution of Grand Center during that time, and an unpredictable career path that took a young boy who loved theater and Broadway from dreams of becoming a doctor, to a degree in accounting, and then full circle to the Fox.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 06:26:10 +0000 Terry Perkins 34016 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Richard Baker Bids Farewell To The Fox, Shares Thoughts On Local Arts Scene Actor John O'Hurley On His Career, Broadway And His Role In 'Chicago: The Musical' http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/actor-john-ohurley-his-career-broadway-and-his-role-chicago-musical <p dir="ltr">The Broadway tour of "Chicago: The Musical" opens tonight at the Fox Theatre for a three-day run starring John O'Hurley as Billy Flynn and Paige Davis as Roxie Hart.</p><p dir="ltr">O'Hurley returns to St. Louis after performing in the role of King Arthur in the Muny's production of "Spamalot" in June. He played the role of J. Peterman on "Seinfeld" and was on the first season of "Dancing with the Stars."</p><p dir="ltr">Here's what O'Hurley had to say on a few topics:</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>On starting out his career in soap operas</strong></p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 21:15:57 +0000 Camille Phillips 30058 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Actor John O'Hurley On His Career, Broadway And His Role In 'Chicago: The Musical' Local Teen Acts Compete For Scholarships http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/local-teen-acts-compete-scholarships <p>On Friday, April 12th, a dozen acts in the St. Louis Teen Talent Competition will square off in the finals, competing for college scholarships, prizes and public appearance opportunities.</p><p>The Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation holds the event to “foster the emerging talent in the St. Louis performing arts community…and to present an adjudicated competition showcasing the splendidly talented teens of the St. Louis Metropolitan area.”</p> Fri, 05 Apr 2013 21:01:36 +0000 Alex Heuer & Mary Edwards 25178 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Local Teen Acts Compete For Scholarships Award Winning 'The Book of Mormon' Comes To St. Louis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/award-winning-book-mormon-comes-st-louis <p><a href="http://www.bookofmormonthemusical.com/">“The Book of Mormon” </a>has won nine Tony Awards including best musical and score.</p><p>Co-creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, of “South Park” fame, and Robert Lopez share the story of two Mormon missionaries who are assigned to Uganda.&nbsp; They are tasked with baptizing people of the remote African village to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.</p> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 23:33:33 +0000 Alex Heuer & Mary Edwards 9577 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Award Winning 'The Book of Mormon' Comes To St. Louis First National Tour of ‘Priscilla Queen of the Desert’ Comes To St. Louis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/first-national-tour-priscilla-queen-desert-comes-st-louis <p>The first national tour of <em>Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical</em> has made its way to the Fabulous Fox Theatre in St. Louis.</p><p>The musical features a trio of friends who take a road trip aboard a battered bus throughout the Australian outback.&nbsp; Along the way, the three drag queens from Sydney encounter episodes of discrimination and heartbreak.</p><p><em>Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical</em> opens with “It’s Raining Men” and has other disco favorites, as well as songs such as “Material Girl” and “MacArthur Park.”</p> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 23:41:43 +0000 Alex Heuer, Mary Edwards & Don Marsh 8915 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org First National Tour of ‘Priscilla Queen of the Desert’ Comes To St. Louis Cast Of WICKED To Be Featured In Fundraiser For Local, National Organizations http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/cast-wicked-be-featured-fundraiser-local-national-organizations <p><em>WICKED</em> is about the untold story of the witches of Oz.</p><p>The musical is based on the 1995 novel written by Gregory Maguire, <em>WICKED: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West.</em>&nbsp; While many people know the 1939 film, <em>The Wizard of Oz</em>, both stories take place in a world based on L. Frank Baum’s <em>The Wonderful World of Oz</em>, written in 1900.</p> Fri, 14 Dec 2012 18:35:39 +0000 Alex Heuer & Mary Edwards & Mary 7366 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Cast Of WICKED To Be Featured In Fundraiser For Local, National Organizations Morning headlines: February 1, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-february-1-2012 <p><strong>University of Missouri to raise tuition</strong></p><p>The University of Missouri system wants to increase tuition next year by 7.5 percent at its Columbia campus and even more at its campuses in St. Louis and Rolla.</p><p>A proposal released Tuesday afternoon spells out proposed in-state tuition hikes of 8.2 percent at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and 9 percent at Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla. The Kansas City campus would see a 3 percent increase.</p><p>Similar increases are being sought for graduate programs and non-resident undergraduates.</p> Wed, 01 Feb 2012 15:15:46 +0000 Julie Bierach & The Associated Press 2982 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: February 1, 2012