Dec212015

Fox Associates names Jack Feivou new President and CEO

Published by Sara at 2:20 PM under

Jack Feivou will take the helm as President and Chief Executive Officer of Fox Associates, LLC in late January, 2016. Feivou will oversee the operation of the Fabulous Fox Theatre and other Fox business interests.

“We feel very fortunate to have found Jack Feivou to lead our company into the next phase of our growth and development,” said Fox Associates partner Mary Strauss. “His experience in brand management and creating spectacular guest experiences will be an invaluable asset to the Fox Theatre as will his vision for growing our entertainment and affiliated businesses.” 

Feivou joins the Fox from the Walt Disney Company where he was General Manager of the Entertainment Operations at Epcot, Downtown Disney and the Water Parks at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. He led a cast of more than 800 in the day-to-day operation of various stage shows, atmosphere entertainment, photography operations and character experiences that delight millions of Walt Disney World guests each year. Prior to his role at Epcot, Feivou led the entertainment operations team at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. 

 From 2001 to 2003, Feivou served as the Director of Artistic Operations and Chief Operating Officer of the Boston Ballet. Working closely with the artistic and executive directors, he ran the daily operations of the Boston Ballet, which is one of the top five ballet companies in the United States. 

Earlier in his career, Feivou’s roles included producer, production manager, technical director and stage manager for Walt Disney Creative Entertainment, Best Entertainment, Event Quest, Warner/Avalon, TheatreWorks, Meadows Music Theater and Trinity College. His career highlights during this time included producing a first-of-its-kind media event where performers danced 36 stories above Times Square on the side of the W Hotel; being on the production team of the 2000 Super Bowl half time show; and the Emmy Award-winning team of the 2005 Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade. Nationally he speaks and mentors on stage and production management and is Vice President for Conferences with the United States Institute for Theatre Technology. He holds a BFA in technical theatre/stage management from Adelphi University.

“This is an opportunity of a lifetime, and I look forward to working with such a nationally recognized venue as the Fabulous Fox Theatre and building on the respected entertainment brand that the owners and staff have cultivated over the past three plus decades. I am anxious to join the Fox family and the St. Louis community,” Feivou said. 


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Dec212015

Get to Know the Show: Newsies

Published by Sara at 9:29 AM under

Get to Know the Show: Newsies

Our 2015-2016 U.S. Bank Broadway Series continues with Disney’s NEWSIES! Winner of the 2012 Tony Awards® for Best Score and Best Choreography, NEWSIES has audiences and critics alike calling it “a musical worth singing about”. St. Louis audiences can seize the day with NEWSIES at the Fox January 19 through January 31.

Here’s a guide to help you get to know the show and what makes it fabulous!

The Characters: Unlikely Heroes 

NEWSIES tells the story of a band of underdogs who become unlikely heroes when they stand up to the most powerful men in New York. Jack Kelly is the leader of the newsboys, but he dreams of life in Santé Fe where he can make a new start. While Jack may be the leader of the newsboys, David is the “walking mouth” and the brains behind the strike. Katherine, a strong willed reporter, shares the newsies’ story to make the young newsboys the kings of New York. 

The Setting: New York, New York

Set in the summer of 1899, NEWSIES tells the true story of the newsboys strike, which occurred when the newsboys of New York City refused to sell Joseph Pulitzer’s New York World and William Randolph Hearst’s New York Journal to protest the higher prices they were charged for newspapers. Their strike, which lasted nearly two weeks before it was resolved through a historic compromise, was an early example of the child labor reforms to come in the 20th Century. A classic David-and-Goliath story, the newsboys' strike of 1899 changed the way that Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst's newspapers compensated their child labor force and reminded the world that anyone can make a difference.

The Story: Carrying the Banner

NEWSIES chronicles the adventures of Jack Kelly, a rebellious newsboy who dreams of a life as an artist away from the big city. After Joseph Pulitzer raises the prices of the papers, Jack encourages the newsboys to take action. Jack finds a cause to fight for, and he rallies the newsboys to go on strike. With help from the reporter Katherine Plumber and rival newsies from New York and Brooklyn, the Newsies seize the day and change the world. 

You’ll Especially Love: An Explosion of Song and Dance

Choreographer Christopher Gattelli won a Tony for his work in NEWSIES and after the opening number, you’ll understand why. The newsies tap, twirl and twist as they seize the day and fight for what’s right. The show also features all of your favorite songs from the film, including “Seize the Day”, “Carrying the Banner” and “King of New York”. NEWSIES is a high-energy explosion of song and dance you just don’t want to miss.

Your Ticket to Newsies:

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Seize the day with NEWSIES at the Fabulous Fox. You’ll see why NEWSIES has audiences and critics alike calling it “a musical worth singing about.


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Nov102015

From The Fox Kitchen: Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

Published by Sara at 4:23 PM under

Fabulous Fox Chef Stephen Proctor shares a delicious Thanksgiving dish that will sure have your guests coming back for more. Holiday Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes is an easy recipe you can make at home. Just follow the simple recipe below:

YIELDS- 8 SMALL, 4 MEDIUM OR 2 LARGE POTATOES

INGREDIENTS

  • 8 small, 4 medium or 2 large sweet potatoes
  • 1 Tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon turbinado sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil

For the filling-

  • 2 Tablespoons butter, unsalted, room temperature
  • 2 Tablespoons heavy cream
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon allspice
  • Pinch ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup candied pecans, chopped

For the topping

  • 2 Tablespoons, butter, unsalted, melted
  • 1 cup pumpkin spice granola
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup candied pecans, chopped
  • 1/8 teaspoon chipotle powder

Optional

  • Mini marshmallows

Heat oven to 350

Wash and dry the potatoes, place in bowl and toss with the salt, black pepper, sugar and oil, making sure to cover potatoes all the way around with the oil and seasonings. Please on baking tray. Place in preheated oven and bake for 30 minutes or until fork or skewer is easily inserted and removed from the center. (It will take longer for larger potatoes). Remove potatoes from the oven and allow to rest for 10 minutes.

For the filling- slit the potatoes in half, not slicing all of the way thru. Open the potato and scoop out the flesh, leaving a small amount to help the potato hold its shape.  Place the flesh into a medium size mixing bowl. Add the butter, cream, allspice, nutmeg, salt, and pepper. Adjust salt and pepper to your taste level. Add the dried cranberries and the chopped pecans. Mix by hand, in a small stand mixer or in a food processor depending on how smooth you want the filling. Divide evenly back into the potato shells. At this point you can cover the potatoes with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

For the topping- combine the melted butter, granola, cranberries, pecans and chipotle. Divide evenly on top of the stuffed potatoes. If you stuffed your potatoes the other day- remove them from the refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature before topping (about 2 hours at room temperature). Bake at 350 for about 15-20 minutes or until hot in the center. Remove from the oven and serve.

Optional- top with mini marshmallows after removing from the oven and broil until marshmallows are brown. 


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Oct282015

Broadway Book Club: Matilda by Roald Dahl

Published by Sara at 9:47 AM under

Matilda is a delightfully zany coming-of-age story from beloved author Roald Dahl. With humor, magic, comeuppances—and chocolate cake!—it is a tale that everyone will positively devour. It’s no surprise that in addition to helping kids get a thrill out of reading, Roald Dahl ultimately gives the bookworms of the novel (Matilda and Miss Honey) their day in the sun!

About the Author

Dreary boarding schools, famous candy factories, and world travels all influenced the writing of Roald Dahl, one of the greatest storytellers of all time. After receiving life-threatening injuries during World War II through his work as an RAF fighter pilot, Dahl began writing articles for magazines such as The New Yorker. He wrote successful novellas and short stories for adults before concentrating on his marvelous children’s stories, which began as bedtime stories he told his children. He once said, “I have a passion for teaching kids to become readers . . . . Books shouldn’t be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful; and learning to be a reader gives a terrific advantage.”

About the Book

A young girl named Matilda Wormwood is precociously gifted but her wealthy, dimwitted parents are oblivious to their daughter’s prodigious skills and view her as foolish and idiotic. Aggravated by the rude behavior of her mother and father, Matilda constantly pulls pranks on her family as discipline for their misdeeds, such as pouring Superglue into her father’s hat or hiding a parrot in the chimney, tricking the family into thinking there is a ghost in the house. Eventually, Matilda begins schooling and encounters a loving, sweet schoolteacher named Miss Honey, who is astonished by her unbelievable intellectual abilities and wants to move her into a higher class. The school’s hostile headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, disciplines the pupils with abusive physical punishment and refuses. Miss Honey also tries to talk to Mr. and Mrs. Wormwood about Matilda’s supreme intelligence, but they don’t believe her. Matilda’s relationship with Miss Honey and the high jinx that ensue make this story a delight for all readers.

Things to Think About

  1. Matilda has the power to move things with her mind. What kind of power would you like to have?
  2. Is Miss Trunchbull a good headmistress? Why or why not?
  3. Is Matilda a naughty character? What actions make Matilda naughty or nice?
  4. Do you think the pranks Matilda plays on her parents and Miss Trunchbull are deserved? Why?
  5. Why does Matilda enjoy reading books? How does this hobby establish her character?
  6. Would you like to have Matilda as a friend? Why or why not?
  7. Do you think Miss Honey is courageous? Why?
  8. Does Matilda remind you of other literary characters? Which ones?
  9. Do you believe that “little” people like Matilda can make big changes? Why or why not?
  10. Did you like the ending of the novel? Did you think it was believable?

Source: http://www.tonyawards.com/pdf/Matilda_LessonPlans_lo.pdf


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Oct282015

Miss Trunchbull's Chocolate Cake

Published by Sara at 8:01 AM under From the Fabulous Fox Kitchen

One of the most memorable scenes in Matilda The Musical occurs in Act One, when Miss Trunchbull punishes Bruce Bogtrotter for stealing a slice of cake by forcing him to eat a platter of chocolate cake. After trying this delicious chocolate cake recipe developed by Fox Chef Stephen Proctor, we wouldn't mind having the opportunity to indulge in chocolate decadence. Try out this incredible recipe and let us know what you think in the comments section!

Ingredients

  • 18 ounce bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 # butter, unsalted, cubed
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 4 Tbs. liqueur (Amaretto, Crème de Menthe, Grand Marnier, etc…) or brandy – optional ingredient
  • 10 eggs, whole, raw
  • 2 Tbs. all-purpose flour

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350
  2. Grease a 9” spring form pan, line bottom with parchment paper and grease again
  3. Using a double boiler, melt/combine the chocolate, butter and sugar
  4. Remove from heat and add the liqueur, allow to cool
  5. In a separate bowl mix the eggs and flour and until combined.
  6. Slowly incorporate into the chocolate mixture
  7. Pour into prepared pan, place on sheet pan (just in case) and bake for approximately 25-35 minutes. The edges will be set but the center should be soft.
  8. Remove from oven, allow to cool completely, carefully remove sides from pan (you may have to run a sharp hot knife around the edge to loosen the cake), cut and serve.

 

Enjoy!


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