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. 

Feb142014

Get to Know the Show: Fun Facts about We Will Rock You!

Published by Emilee at 4:27 PM under Get to Know the Show

The worldwide smash hit ‘rock theatrical’, Queen and Ben Elton’s We Will Rock You, built around 24 of Queen’s biggest hits, opens at the Fabulous Fox Theatre March 18, 2014. We Will Rock You is produced by Queen Theatrical Productions, Tribeca Theatrical Productions, Phil McIntyre Entertainment and NETworks Presentations.

Performances of We Will Rock You at the Fabulous Fox Theatre run March 18 - 30. Show times are Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8pm. Performances are also scheduled on Saturdays at 2pm and on Sundays at 1pm. There will be an evening performance on Sunday, March 23 at 6:30PM and a matinee on Thursday, March 27 at 1pm.

Tickets are available online at MetroTix.com, by calling 314-534-1111 or in person at the Fox Theatre Box Office. Ticket prices start at $25. Prices are subject to change; please refer to FabulousFox.com for current pricing. We Will Rock You is part of the Fox Theatre’s 2013-2014 U.S. Bank Broadway Series.

DID YOU KNOW...?

  • Queen was formed in 1970 from the remnants of Brian May and Roger Taylor’s previous band, Smile. Freddie Mercury joined after suggesting the band rename themselves Queen. John Deacon was recruited shortly after and the classic Queen line-up was born.
  • Queen’s biggest hits in the USA where the No. 1s “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” and “Another One Bites the Dust”, both from the album The Game.
  • Queen's Greatest Hits peaked at number one on the UK Album Chart for four weeks. It has spent 476 weeks in the UK Charts, and is the best-selling album of all time in the UK. It is certified eight times platinum in the United States, and is Queen's most commercially successful album worldwide with over 25 million copies sold, making it one of the best-selling albums of all time.
  • In the US, Queen has had 7 albums certified Multi-Platinum, 12 albums certified Platinum and 19 albums certified Gold.
  • Freddie Mercury’s real name was Farrokh Bulsara. He was a Parsi born in Zanzibar and grew up there and in India until his mid-teens.
  • Brian May’s distinctive sound came from his self-made “Red Special” guitar, which he and his father constructed from a carving from an antique fireplace, motorbike valve springs and a knitting needle.
  • BMI, the music licensing agency, repeatedly lists “We Will Rock You” as the song most played at sporting events.
  • “We Will Rock You” was played over half a million times during the 2012 London Olympics.
  • Brian May is an enthusiastic astronomer and holds a PhD in Astrophysics, which he achieved after returning to college over 30 years after Queen formed.
  • Many Queen songs have been used on the soundtracks to films. The band recorded commissioned soundtracks for Flash Gordon and Highlander, while their songs have provided memorable moments in films such as Wayne’s World and Shaun of the Dead.
  • The Muppets parody of the “Bohemian Rhapsody” video has been viewed over 31 million times on YouTube.
  • We Will Rock You features more than 24 Queen songs, is in its 11th year in London, has played in some 20 countries and sold over 15,000,000 tickets worldwide.                                           
  • We Will Rock You is the longest-running musical to play at the Dominion, one of the West End’s biggest theatres. It is currently the 9th longest-running show in the West End. At the 2011 Olivier Awards, We Will Rock You was crowned the UK’s favorite show. In the only award category voted entirely by members of the public, the musical came out on top, beating a shortlist including Billy Elliot, Jersey Boys and Les Misérables.
  • The purchaser of the 1 millionth ticket to We Will Rock You in London on October 2006 was a 61-year old grandmother who was buying a ticket to treat her 4-year-old great-grandson to see the show.
  • Because of the complexity of “Bohemian Rhapsody”, before appearing in its entirety in the musical We Will Rock You, the entire song had never before been staged live by Queen or anyone else.

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Feb132014

Fox Theatre President Richard Baker Accepts Position in Kansas City

Published by Admin at 12:06 PM under Behind the Jeweled Curtain

Saint Louis, MO / February 13, 2014 – Fox Associates, LLC, owner and operator of the Fabulous Fox Theatre in Grand Center, announced today the departure of a long-serving President, Rich Baker. Baker has accepted the position of President and CEO of Kansas City’s Starlight Theatre and will assume the new role in March. Fox Associates is currently in the midst of interviewing candidates for Baker’s successor as President.

Employed with the Fox Theatre since 1986, Baker served as Director of Finance & Operations and Vice President before his promotion to President in 2001. During his 14 years as President, Baker has led the 85 year-old landmark through significant growth and substantial preservation efforts.

The expansion of the Fox Theatre’s subscription series from one week to two in 2002 allowed for increasing visitors to the Fox and Grand Center. Additionally, Baker has worked closely with Fox Associates’ owners on several of the theatre’s restoration projects, the most recent of which was the unprecedented three-month long restoration of the auditorium ceiling.

Baker has been instrumental in the formation of a Master Plan to revitalize the Grand Center Arts District, serving on multiple support committees. He has served as a Tony Awards® voter and held a wide range of leadership roles in the Broadway League, the Independent Presenter’s Network (IPN) and the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM).

“It has been my tremendous pleasure to witness and participate in the growth of this beloved St. Louis institution these past 27 years,” Baker stated. “While it was a very difficult decision to leave St. Louis, I am honored to accept this opportunity to continue serving the arts community.”

“Fox Associates, the Fox Theatre and Grand Center could not have enjoyed such remarkable growth and success without Rich’s leadership over the past three decades,” said Fox Associates owner Bob Baudendistel. “We appreciate the outstanding work he has done on our behalf and he will be greatly missed by us all.”

 

Fox Associates was founded in 1981 to purchase, renovate and operate the Fox Theatre and today is managed by owners Mary Strauss, Bob Baudendistel and his daughters, Julie Noonan and Lisa Suntrup. In addition to the ownership and operation of the Fabulous Fox Theatre, Fox Associates also operates Broadway producing entity Fox Theatricals in New York, Fox Concerts and MetroTix. 


Feb122014

Fabulous Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

Published by Emilee at 1:33 PM under Behind the Jeweled Curtain | Fox Broadway | Fox Concerts

If you’re looking for a fabulous last-minute Valentine’s Day present, we’ve got just the ticket! For an unforgettable gift, treat your special someone to a romantic night out at the Fox Theatre.

Need some inspiration? Here’s a sneak peek at the sweet tunes featured in some of our upcoming shows.

Show your pretty baby who loves them (you!) with tickets to Jersey Boys:

February 19 – March 2 | Click here for tickets.


Do you have a Foxey Lady (or Gentleman) in your life? For an experience they will love, treat them to Experience Hendrix at the Fox:

Thursday, March 13 at 8pm | Click here for tickets.


Celebrate Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day at the same time! Let the beautiful voices of Celtic Woman serenade you and your sweetheart:

Friday, March 14 at 7:30pm | Click here for tickets.


Take a minute or two and give some tickets to a man (or woman) who’s made a difference in your world. Rickey Smiley’s House Party will bring Salt-N-Pepa to the Fox (along with guests Sugar Hill Gang, Big Daddy Kane).

Saturday, March 15 at 8pm | Click here for tickets.


Are you Under Pressure to find the perfect present? The champion of Valentine’s Day gifts is definitely tickets to We Will Rock You!

March 18 - 30 | Click here for tickets.


Your Valentine will be Falling Slowly (or quickly) even more in love with you when they find out you got them tickets to Once:

April 8 - 20 | Click here for tickets.

 

Which upcoming show at the Fox would YOU love to see with your sweetheart? We hope you have a FABULOUS Valentine's Day!


Feb122014

Tony Award Winner Hugh Jackman Returns to Host the 68th Annual Tony Awards®

Published by Admin at 9:06 AM under What's Hot on Broadway

Tony Award Winner Hugh Jackman Returns to Host the 68th Annual Tony Awards® 

Tony Awards to Broadcast Live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Sunday, June 8th

 New York, New York (February 11, 2014) – Tony Award winner, Academy Award® nominated and Golden Globe-winning actor Hugh Jackman returns to host THE 68TH ANNUAL TONY AWARDS live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City, Sunday, June 8 (8:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network. This will be Jackman’s fourth time hosting the Tony Awards. He previously hosted the 57th, 58th, and 59th Annual Tony Awards. Jackman received an Emmy Award for hosting the 58th Annual Tony Awards in the category of Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program.

 “We are thrilled that Hugh will be joining us, once again, at Radio City Music Hall to host ‘The 68th Annual Tony Awards,’ said Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of The Broadway League and Heather Hitchens, Executive Director of the American Theatre Wing. “Hugh is an extraordinary talent and loyal supporter of the Broadway community – whether he is on-stage or in the audience - and we are honored to have him back as host.”

 “A great Broadway season + great host = a must watch live televised event,” said Tony Awards Executive Producers Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss of White Cherry Entertainment.

 “We are thrilled to have Hugh Jackman return to host the Tony Awards,” said Jack Sussman, Executive Vice President, Specials, Music and Live Events, CBS Entertainment.  “He’s the ultimate triple threat – actor, singer, dancer – he does it all, second to none.  He is a consummate entertainer and the one you ultimately want out there hosting your live television event.”

 Jackman made his first major U.S. film appearance as Wolverine in the first installment of the “X-Men” series, a role he reprised in the enormously successful X2 and X-Men: The Last Stand in 2006. In May of 2009, Jackman played Wolverine in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which serves as a prequel to the popular series and grossed an outstanding $85 million domestically in its first weekend of release. This last July, 2013, audiences saw Jackman in the popular role once more in the next X-Men chapter, The Wolverine. Jackman reunited with the X-men team for X-Men: Days of Future Past, which is set for release in May of 2014. In his most recent role, Jackman appears in Warner Bros’ Prisoners.

 Jackman made his return to Broadway his one-man show “Hugh Jackman – Back on Broadway” in the fall of 2011. Although the show ran only until the end of the year, Jackman’s continued dedication to the Broadway community was feted at the 2012 Tony Awards, where he received a Special Award from the Tony Awards Administration Committee, recognizing his accomplishments both as a performer as well as a humanitarian. In the fall of 2009, Broadway-goers could see Jackman in the Keith Huff penned “A Steady Rain” with Daniel Craig.

 The June 2012 broadcast of "The 66th Annual Tony Awards" was honored this past year with four Primetime Emmy® Awards: Outstanding Special Class Program, Outstanding Music Direction, Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics and Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special and Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special.

 Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss of White Cherry Entertainment will return as executive producers.  Also, Weiss will serve as director for the 15th consecutive year. 

Visit TonyAwards.com for more information. For up-to-the-minute news follow The Tony Awards on Facebook.com/TheTonyAwards or Twitter.com/TheTonyAwards.


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