Jul292014

Here Comes the Sun Theater!

Published by Rachel at 12:23 PM under

Our fabulous neighbor has undergone an extensive restoration and opened its doors for the first time in nearly 40 years. The century-old Sun Theater was originally built in 1913 as a playhouse showcasing works in German, but will now feature performances by Grand Center Arts Academy students. In the future, the theater may also become available to local performing groups.

The process of restoring the Sun Theater was much like the restoration of The Fabulous Fox. The Sun Theater’s restoration process required significant cleaning, repair work, and extensive care and attention when preserving the venue’s historical details. The theater, which originally opened a century ago, was closed in 1972. It fell into disrepair. Water collected inside, trees sprouted on the roof, and some say it looked like a war zone on the inside. Thankfully The Lawrence Group, an architecture firm, bought the theater in 2010 and gave it an $11 million dollar makeover. New classrooms were also added during the restoration so that the theater can be used as a learning space as well as a performance space. For photos of the theater’s impressive restoration, head to NextSTL.

We are so thrilled that this wonderful venue has been restored to its former glory and we cannot wait to enjoy the wonderful performances from the students at Grand Center Arts Academy! 


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Jul222014

If Only These Walls Could Talk: Exploring the Backstage Murals at the Fox

Published by Jocelyn at 2:20 PM under Behind the Jeweled Curtain | Fabulous Fox Theatre

Walking backstage at The Fabulous Fox is like entering a museum. It is unlike any other theatre, filled with history and magnificent artwork. The walls are overflowing with notable signatures, notes from all past performers that have crossed our stage and creative murals that showcase past shows. There is something to look at around every corner and even on the ceilings and elevator doors. Whether it is one of the beautiful, grand Phantom of the Opera murals or signatures from the cast of  the Brady Bunch, there is so much to see!    

The tradition of the signatures started when Tony Orlando asked to sign the wall by the star’s dressing room and the rest is history. Now the walls are covered head to toe with autographs from some of the most iconic performers, including Ray Charles, Alanis Morissette, Eric Clapton, and so many more. It would take someone years to decipher all the autographs and believe us, we have tried!  

The show murals feature a one of a kind artwork done by a member of the touring company that reflects the show’s personality. They do get creative, with 3-D imagery and strategic placement, each one is truly special. Wicked created a grand, spooky mural that takes up two walls and placed in a dark corner to give you the feel of what the show is about. Dream Girls uses actual wigs on their mural and Avenue Q is strategically placed behind stairs with fuzzy orange carpet. Don’t forget to look up and around posts, because show murals like Mary Poppins features artwork on the ceilings.

If you haven’t been backstage on a tour or have never been through our doors, then we invite you to come experience the beauty of our theatre and one of St. Louis' most iconic venues. We offer tours of the whole theatre that will journey backstage, but make sure to come on a non-show day so you can catch the opportunity to go backstage to see the murals. This is a great way to experience the theatre in a new way and learn about the rich history, dating back to 1929, from one of our knowledgeable tour guides.  

Tours run on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. For more information visit the tours website: fabulousfox.com/fox_theatre_tours.aspx.

Would you like to win a 4 pack of tour passes? Comment below and tell us:

In your eyes, why do you think The Fabulous Fox Theatre is so fabulous?

A winner will be chosen and contacted July 29, 2014.  


Jul112014

An Ordinary Parking Lot Turns into a Peaceful Getaway

Published by Jocelyn at 10:36 AM under

If you need a relaxing spot to read a book or take an afternoon snooze, come visit the PXSTL site this week. The PXSTL site, located adjacent to our parking lot on Washington Blvd, is featuring Reflections with Paul by Paul Artspace. The space has been transformed into an oasis designed for the public to pause and reflect in an urban setting and includes hammocks, photographic and audio elements.

You can "swing" by anytime through July 13, 2014 from sunup to sunset to relax and unwind. This exhibit is free and open to the public. When you visit, be sure to tag your photos with #PXSTL or share them on the event page.

Reflections with Paul at PXSTL. Be sure to look out for other fabulous exhibits that will take over the PXSTL space and be open to the public till October 5, 2014.

Click HERE for additional information about the PXSTL project and the schedule of upcoming events.


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Jun092014

2014 Tony Awards Recap & Performances

Published by Emilee at 10:42 AM under What's Hot on Broadway

Last night, the 68th annual Tony Awards, hosted by Hugh Jackman, aired on CBS and gave America a live, up-close look at the best of Broadway. There were so many fabulous moments - A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder won Best Musical, Hedwig and the Angry Inch took home the award for Best Musical Revival, Audra McDonald made history with Tony #6, and Hugh Jackman was a charming host. We are still in awe of the incredible performances from Beautiful - The Carole King MusicalLes MisérablesAfter Midnight and more!

Here's a thorough recap of Broadway's big night from the New York Times: http://nyti.ms/1kKLMhW

If you missed any of the fantastic performances (or you want to watch them again, and again), check them out below:

Hop to it! Hugh Jackman's opening number:

After Midnight gets things off to an energetic start (with some help from Gladys, Patti, Fantasia & Hugh Jackman):

Do you hear the people sing? Les Misérables gave a rousing performance early on in the broadcast. Do you remember seeing this production at the Fox in the fall of 2012 before it made its way to Broadway? 

Seeing Aladdin on Broadway is definitely on our wish list - here's James Monroe Ingleheart (who won the Tony for his portrayal of Genie) and the rest of the fabulous cast of Aladdin performing "Friend Like Me":

The WICKEDLY talented, one and only, Idina Menzel performed "Always Starting Over" from If/Then:

ADRIAN! Rocky wows the crowd with a performance AND an impressive, full-contact boxing match: 

Alan Cumming, reprising his Tony-winning role of the Kit Kat Klub M.C., performs with the cast of Roundabout Theatre's Cabaret:

The cast of A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder killed it (pun intended) with their performance of "I've Decided to Marry You": 

Tony Award-winners Neil Patrick Harris and Lena Hall perform "Sugar Daddy" with the cast of Hedwig and the Angry Inch:

Let Sutton Foster, Joshua Henry and the cast of Roundabout Theatre Company's Violet Raise You Up with their stunning performance:

Christine Dwyer and Jenni Barber perform "For Good" in honor of Wicked's 10th Anniversary. Who saw Christine Dwyer as Elphaba when Wicked visited the Fox in 2012?

Carole King introduces the live performance from Beautiful - The Carole King Musical and joins in with Jessie Mueller (who won the Tony for Best Actress in a Musical) for one of our favorite performances of the night:

Bullets Over Broadway wows the crowd with their performance of "'Tain't Nobody's Biz-Ness If I Do" and an incredibly impressive tap number: 

Sting performs a number from his upcoming musical, The Last Ship:

Jennifer Hudson and the cast of Finding Neverland perform "Never Neverland":

In one of the most delightful and unexpected moments of the night, Hugh "Biggie Tap Shoes" Jackman is joined on stage by LL Cool J and T.I. for a fun new take on The Music Man:

The night's winners joined Hugh on stage for the closing number: 

What was YOUR favorite performance of the night?


Jun032014

Win a Dirty Dancing Prize Package!

Published by Emilee at 12:37 PM under Fox Broadway

Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage is asking St. Louis audiences to help decide the look of the first national tour. Click here to take a short survey and cast your vote on which artwork best conveys the passionate romantic tale of Baby and Johnny. Upon successful completion of the survey, you will be entered to win a grand prize package featuring a poster signed by the cast, a backstage tour and 2 tickets to opening night of Dirty Dancing in St. Louis!

The sensational music, electric dancing and beloved story of Dirty Dancing comes to the Fox stage October 21 - November 2. "You'll have the time of your life!"


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