Apr112014

Fabulous ONCE Giveaways!

Published by Emilee at 4:11 PM under Contests | Fox Broadway

Attention Once fans! In celebration of Fox Searchlight Pictures’ 20th Anniversary and their recent release of Once on Blu-Ray DVD, you can win all kinds of FABULOUS prizes! Read on to find out what you can win and how to enter!

WIN A FABULOUS GETAWAY

Enter to win a “ONCE IN A LIFETIME” trip to Ireland!

Prize includes roundtrip airfare for two (2) to Dublin and five (5) nights of accommodations, plus more! Visit FoxSearchlight20th.com/Once for entry and details.

Stuart Ward and Dani de Waal from the ONCE Tour Company © Joan Marcus

SEE ONCE…TWICE!

Comment below with your favorite song from Once for your chance to win a copy of the Academy Award®-winning film on Blu-Ray DVD! One lucky winner will also receive a four-pack of tickets to see Once at the Fox on Sunday, April 20th at 1pm. 19 DVD winners and 1 grand prize winner will be chosen at random and notified Thursday, April 17th at 5pm.

Don’t miss Once the musical on stage at the Fox now through April 20th! Tickets are available through MetroTix.

 

Comment below with your favorite song from Once for your chance to win 4 tickets to see the show live at the Fox on Sunday, April 20th AND a copy of the film on Blu-Ray DVD!


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Apr022014

St. Louis Teen Talent Competition is this Friday, April 4th at the Fox!

Published by Emilee at 3:58 PM under

Hosted by the Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation, The St. Louis Teen Talent Competition returns to the Fox Theatre this Friday, April 4th! To join in the year-long celebration of St. Louis’ 250th Anniversary, this year’s Teen Talent Competition theme is inspired by the iconic W. C. Handy song “St. Louis Blues.” In honor of the theme, the 8pm show will kick off with a birthday cake and a musical number featuring the Fox Tellerettes. This family event is FREE and open to the public. Tickets are required and available now at no charge at The Fox box office and through Metrotix.

Phyllis Smith, St. Louis native and star of NBC’s “The Office” will return as one of the event’s judges! She will be joined by Shelby Ringdahl, Miss Missouri 2013; David Halen, Concertmaster with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra; Ken Page, native St. Louisan and Broadway performer; Carl Nappa, Independent Producer, Engineer and Executive Director of Technology & Sound Engineering at Nelly’s ex’treme Institute in St. Louis; and Mike Isaacson, Executive Producer of the Muny and Producer with Fox Theatricals in New York.

2014 Teen Talent Act, the Underground Tappers (Photo courtesy Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation)

St. Louis native Tony Parise, Broadway actor, director and choreographer is writing the script and directing the finals. He will be working with choreographer Yvonne Meyer Hare (also a St. Louis native) to prepare the final acts to compete in front of a live audience at The Fox. Finalists include tap, hip hop and contemporary dancers; classical and contemporary musicians; rappers and singers; and a hula-hooper.

We hope you can join us as we celebrate the incredible talent of St. Louis’s teens this Friday, April 4 at 8pm!


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Mar252014

A Drink Fit For Royalty: Recipe for the "Killer Queen" Cocktail

Published by Emilee at 12:53 PM under Fox Broadway

She's a killer queen

Gun powder, gelatine

Dynamite with a laser beam

'N'guaranteed to blow your mind anytime

-“Killer Queen” by Freddie Mercury


Featuring over 24 of Queen’s biggest hits, performed by a stellar cast and phenomenal band, We Will Rock You has taken the Fox Theatre stage by storm. This outrageously fun show has had audiences on their feet every night and has had our resident mixologists getting creative behind the bar.

Inspired by the dominatrix dictator in We Will Rock You, the Killer Queen Cocktail is equal parts glamour and spice. Dressed to kill with a royal ruby hue and a dusting of gold, this dynamite drink is guaranteed to blow your mind!

This deliciously twisted recipe comes from the brilliant minds of Fox Club bartenders Kelly Paarlberg and Erin Francis. Cheers!

Killer Queen Cocktail

Ingredients (makes one cocktail):

2 oz. Goldschläger

1 oz. Apple Pucker

1 oz. Strawberry Margarita Mix (suggested brand: Jose Cuervo)

Pour all ingredients into shaker with ice. Shake and strain into martini glass. Garnish with edible gold dust. Sit back, relax and enjoy. Isn’t it good to be queen?

Don't miss We Will Rock You at the Fox Theatre - on stage now through March 30th!


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Mar072014

4th Annual St. Louis Teen Talent Competition Chooses Twelve High School Acts for Final Event

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4th Annual St. Louis Teen Talent Competition
Chooses Twelve High School Acts for Final Event

Bi-state area teens compete for scholarships & prizes
at FREE family event at The Fabulous Fox on Friday, April 4

On Saturday, March 1st, 37 metro area high school acts competed in the Semi-final round of the 4th Annual St. Louis Teen Talent Competition. St. Louis performing arts professionals judged the acts and narrowed the field to twelve finalists who will move on to the finals on Friday, April 4th at 8pm at The Fabulous Fox Theatre. A complete list of acts can be found on the Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation's website.  These acts are one step closer to performing on the Fox Stage and winning college scholarships, prizes and performance opportunities.  The final competition is a Broadway-style show that is FREE and open to the public.  Tickets are required and available now at no charge at The Fox box office and through Metrotix.  

More than $25,000 in scholarships, prizes and awards will be distributed among the top competitors on April 4.  A full list of prizes along with official event information can be found on the Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation’s website.  Finalists will also have the opportunity to perform at area events throughout the year. 2014 public appearances scheduled to date include The Muny, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, National Dance Week Celebration, Midtown Taste Art Fair and Webster Grove’s Art & Air Festival. 

The judges for the finals have careers spanning film, TV, and Broadway.  Two new special guest judges this year are Shelby Ringdahl, Miss Missouri 2013, and David Halen, Concertmaster with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra.  Returning judges are Ken Page, native St. Louisan and Broadway performer; Carl Nappa, Independent Producer, Engineer and Executive Director of Technology & Sound Engineering at Nelly’s ex’treme Institute in St. Louis; and Mike Isaacson, Executive Producer of the Muny and Producer with Fox Theatricals in New York.  Students will be judged on technical ability, stage presence, interpretation and originality. 

New this year!  The audience will now be able to choose their favorite act.  The Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation has added a special $1,000 “Audience Choice Award” which will be determined by the audience at the Fox on April 4th.

St. Louis native Tony Parise, Broadway actor, director and choreographer is writing the script and directing the finals.  He will be working with choreographer Yvonne Meyer Hare (also a St. Louis native) to prepare the final acts to compete in front of a live audience at The Fox.  Finalists include tap, hip hop and contemporary dancers; classical and contemporary musicians; rappers and singers; and a hula-hooper.

The Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation reintroduced the competition in 2011 after a 25 year hiatus to showcase the St. Louis region’s most talented teens in the performing arts.  Student acts include singers, dancers, actors, musicians, comedians and circus skill artists competing as soloists or in groups of as many as six.  The 2013 winners of the competition were Grant Riew from John Burroughs School and Christopher Halen from Whitfield School as “Two Mellow Cello Fellows” performing their original arrangement Pachelbel Pop. They will be back to make a special appearance on April 4th.

Videos of the competition process by Miano.tv will be available on our own channel graciously donated by SchoolTube.com beginning in mid-March.  The past three years of stories posted provide viewers a glimpse of what is in store.

The community response to this FREE event has been amazing and grown over the past three years with “sold out” crowds at The Fox.  Additionally, The Nine Network will once again broadcast a special hour-long program on the 2014 competition (with support from St. Louis Community College) giving more than 120,000 additional viewers the opportunity to experience the event.

PLEASE NOTE:  All seating is general admission. There is a limit of 10 tickets per transaction. Seating is first-come-first-seated, and is not guaranteed.  The theater will be over-sold to ensure a full house.  Please arrive early.

 

Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation fosters, promotes, and encourages young people in the St. Louis region to discover and participate in the joy and wonder of live performances.


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Feb172014

Get to Know the Show: Fun Facts about JERSEY BOYS!

The Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning hit musical Jersey Boys, the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, returns to the Fabulous Fox Theatre February 19 – March 2, 2014.

Performances of Jersey Boys at the Fabulous Fox Theatre run February 19 March 2. Show times are Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8pm, Saturday afternoons at 2pm, Sunday afternoons at 1pm and Sunday evenings at 6:30pm. There will be a matinee performance on Thursday, February 20 at 1pm.

Tickets for Jersey Boys begin at $30 and are available at online at MetroTix.com, by calling 314-534-1111or in person at the Fox Theatre Box Office. VIP Ticket Packages are also available for all performances. Performance schedule, prices and cast are subject to change without notice. Jersey Boys is part of the Fox Theatre’s 2013-2014 U.S. Bank Broadway Series.

DID YOU KNOW…?

The company

  • 52 people in the traveling company
  • 19 actors - 14 tracks onstage, 1 Frankie Alternate, 4 swings, 10 musicians (incl. Conductor), many of whom appear on stage.
  • Management: 3 stage managers, 2 company managers
  • Crew: 3 carpenters, 2 props, 3 electrics, 2 sound, 2 wardrobe, 2 hair
  • 1 souvenir seller
  • Multiple roles played by various cast members:

o   Gyp DeCarlo plays 4 other parts

o   Bob Crewe plays 1 other part

o   Norman Waxman plays 10 others parts

o   Hank Majewski plays 8 other parts

o   Barry Belson plays 16 other parts

o   Joe Pesci plays 11 other parts

o   Detective Two (“Knuckles”) plays 15 other parts

o   Mary Delgado plays 11 other parts

o   Lorraine plays 15 other parts

o   Francine plays 17 other parts

Casting the show

  • 11 cities: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Chicago, Nashville, Miami, Toronto and internationally in London, Dublin and Edinburgh.
  • 7 weeks to cast the show; including pre-screens with casting team, callbacks for the creative team which includes casting team, the music director, the production supervisor and the dance dept., and then final callbacks with Des McAnuff. During the finals, the room often includes Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio and the producers.
  • Auditions for future replacements are ongoing, and Equity required calls occur in each city of origin every 6 months
  • Actors are asked not to sing songs from the show, but many elect to sing other songs by The Four Seasons.

The music

  • The Four Seasons sold 175 million records worldwide - all before they were thirty years old.
  • 33 songs in the show, including 5 #1 hits, and 11 songs that made Billboard’s top ten.
  • 19 hit songs by The Four Seasons or Frankie Valli didn’t make it into the show, and are listed in the playbill as “The Ones That Got Away” (including 4 top ten hits).
  • As the musical traces the origins of the group when they performed songs written by other groups, the songs in the show represent work by 34 songwriters, including Otis Blackwell, Dorothy Fields, Louis Prima and Judy Parker.  Most of the hits of The Four Seasons were written by original member of The Four Seasons Bob Gaudio and their producer/lyricist, Bob Crewe.

The lights

  • 609 Lighting Cues
  • 401 Conventional Lighting Units
  • 77 Moving Lights
  • 240 feet of Steel Truss
  • 96 PAR Lamps on the Stadium Wall for the Concert

The costumes

  • 196 total costumes/looks in the show, incl. some vintage suits, ties and dresses.
  • Tommy has 12 costume changes, Nick has 11, Frankie has 15 and Bob has 10.
  • Frankie runs through 1 pair of pants each week, with repairs every other day. (He slides on his knees in the number “Beggin’”)
  • 9 seconds - Fastest quick change in the show, for Mary Delgado to get out of the car and into her robe for “My Eyes Adored You”
  • 12 quick changes for Frankie Valli. His shortest quick change is 15 seconds.
  • 5 hours – time spent per week hand-beading repairs to the “Snowflake” dresses.  Originally beaded by machine (cost: $300 per yard).
  • 102 shirts in the show, including reproductions of vintage shirts (patterns are printed on fabric by computer and then made into shirts. Cost: over $200 per yard)
  • 4 heels broken on stage (so far!)
  • 75 costumes/looks for the male swing
  • 37 costumes/looks for the female swing
  • 87 shoes used in one performance
  • 1 gallon of detergent used per week for cleaning
  • ½ gallon of spot cleaner used each week
  • 2.4 miles - Distance a dresser will walk/run during a day, including day work, pre-show call, working the show and post-show work.

The Sound

  • 65 microphones used in the show, both wireless and hard-wired.
  • The full sound system includes 120 speakers
  • 75,000 watts of amplification are used to power the sound system
  • 15 people spent 12 weeks hand build the sound console in England
  • Our wireless microphones broadcast into television channels that are not present in each city. In Chicago, we programmed our microphones around the local TV channels. We wouldn’t want “American Idol” accidentally coming out of the system when we turn Frankie’s microphone on!
  • In each city, we have technical rehearsals of the set, lights and sound system with the cast, crew and the band to prepare for performances in the theater, and to adjust the sound mix to adapt for acoustic needs of each theatre. 

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