The Cinderella Project

Published by Sara at 7:57 AM under Special Offers

Make a dream come true and WIN four tickets to the opening night of Cinderella!

Every young lady deserves to feel like Cinderella at her prom! The Cinderella Project provides prom dresses to young women in the St. Louis region who cannot purchase a formal. The Cinderella Project is sponsored by the Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition, and the young women are referred by high school counselors.

You can help by digging into your closet for dresses that will make a young lady’s dream come true! Plus sizes are particularly needed, and don’t forget about accessories!

Donations can be made any time before January 18th at the store managed by the Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition:

REFRESH: A Fashion-Forward Resale Boutique 1710 S. Brentwood Blvd. Brentwood, MO 63144 314-881-0331. Monday - Saturday, 10:00 to 6:00 Sunday, noon to 5:00.

Thank you for helping make wishes and dreams come true!


What's Hot on Broadway: On The Town

Published by Sara at 10:11 AM under What's Hot on Broadway

You haven’t seen the real New York until you see On the Town! Broadway’s musical and comedy classic is the biggest, brightest, and brassiest musical to open in years! The show will take your breath away! On the Town has a 30-member cast, with the biggest orchestra all combined with New York’s most talented singers and dancers and if that’s not enough, the lyrics alone can draw in the audience. This Broadway show is about three American sailors on a 24-hour shore leave during the war in 1944. All three of these sailors get the chance to explore the town and maybe even find the love of their life in the city that never sleeps.

Directed by Tony® winner JOHN RANDO (A Christmas Story) and choreographed by Emmy® winner JOSHUA BERGASSE ("Smash"), this big, brassy musical comedy features LEONARD BERNSTEIN’s “rapturous and red-blooded score” (Daily News), lyrics by COMDEN AND GREEN, and breathtaking dancing inspired by the original JEROME ROBBINS choreography. ON THE TOWN is "a helluva show!" (Variety).



Fabulous Holiday Decorations

Published by Sara at 8:43 AM under

Have you ever wondered how the Fox transforms from a fabulous theatre to a winter wonderland each holiday season? The holiday display you see this season starts the year before and is designed by Cindy Vargo, Director of Sales and Membership at the Fabulous Fox.  As the decorations are coming down in January, Cindy begins planning the next fabulous display! Cindy starts the planning process by walking through the Fabulous Fox and considering the current decorations before the embellishments are put away for the season.

Cindy may oversee the decorations, but decorating the Fabulous Fox is a collaborative process. Cindy regularly presents her ideas and sketches to staff and colleagues and asks for their input. Cindy and Mary Strauss, who restored the Fabulous Fox Theatre, worked together to create the beautiful display of trees in the lobby. After Cindy developed the idea, Mary suggested adding disco balls with a spotlight to create a snow effect. The display of trees is one of the most photographed holiday spectacles at the Fabulous Fox. Cindy also consults with several interior designers, including her friend Tracy, to select timeless décor to incorporate into the displays.Holiday decorations in the Fabulous Fox lobby.

With the size and grandeur of the Fox, there are challenges to overcome when designing and decorating. One of the most significant challenges is lighting. The Fabulous Fox is beautiful when draped in lights, but the building was constructed before electricity was introduced so there are many places without access to electricity. Another challenge includes the theatrical lighting; when decorating with certain colors, the theatrical lighting may alter the hue of the color. The gorgeous turquoise you see in Peacock Alley is actually a pale blue, but under the lighting it transforms into the perfect shade of turquoise. Finding the right color in the beginning is very important.

When designing the decorations, Cindy considers the beautiful architecture. With the elaborate ornamentation in the theatre, it would be easy for the decorations to overwhelm the grandeur, instead, Cindy works to enhance the beauty of the theatre with the decorations. Ultimately, Cindy wants people to look at the decorations and stop, reminisce, and reflect on memories. The Playbill tree on the third floor is a great example of the decorations Cindy includes that create opportunities for guests to have memories when they come to the theatre.

All of Cindy’s hard work pays off. The Fabulous Fox is transformed into a beautiful, magical Christmas experience for all who visit during the holidays. From the gorgeous decorations in Peacock Alley, to the 11 trees in the lobby, all of the holiday decorations enhance the beauty of the Fox. 


Fabulous Fox Theatre 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: Fabulous Gift Ideas

Published by Sara at 9:25 AM under

This holiday season, a ticket to the Fabulous Fox Theatre is the perfect gift for everyone on your list! With so many excellent upcoming shows, we have something fabulous for everyone!

A night at the Fox is a wonderful memory that will last a lifetime. Treat someone special to a night out in Grand Center, visiting one of the restaurants in the arts and life district before seeing a show at the Fabulous Fox. Here are our suggestions for a festive holiday evening that will be the perfect present for friends and family.

Rock n’ Roll with Million Dollar Quartet and Pappy’s Smokehouse

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is the Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical, inspired by the electrifying true story of the famed recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time.

Start the night with a visit to Pappy’s Smokehouse for award winning, Memphis style barbeque.  Whether you want a slab of ribs or a pulled pork sandwich, Pappy’s offers a wide variety of barbeque favorites and home cooked style side dishes. Try one of St. Louis’ best barbeque restaurants before a night at the Fox!

Now go, cat, go! MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET returns to the Fabulous Fox February 27-March 1!

Feel the Noise of Stomp and Enjoy The Field House

STOMP is explosive, inventive, provocative, witty, and utterly unique—an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages. The international percussion sensation has garnered armfuls of awards and rave reviews and has appeared on numerous national television shows. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments – matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps – to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms.

Begin your fantastic night at the theatre with a trip to The Field House. This sports pub and grill will get you stomping for Stomp!

See STOMP when it returns to the Fabulous Fox April 10-12!

Travel to Old Hollywood with The Rat Pack is Back and Vito’s Sicilian Pizzeria

What happens in Vegas...all started with THE RAT PACK. This spirited show recreates one of the famous “Summit at the Sands” nights when swingin’, ring-a-ding group known as “THE RAT PACK” was creating hipster legend with a free-wheeling, no-holds-barred nightclub act starring Vegas’ four favorite sons: Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Dean Martin and Joey Bishop. Produced by Dick Feeney, THE RAT PACK IS BACK features uncanny vocal recreations, unbridled humor, and a hot, live 12-piece orchestra that sends audiences straight back to the coolest time in history. Hits include “That’s Amore,” “My Way,” “Mr. Bojangles,” and many more.

Begin the night with a visit to Vito’s Sicilian Pizzeria in Midtown. Get into the old Hollywood spirit with one of Vito’s famous pizzas and Sicilian inspired drinks.  The patio at Vito’s is the perfect destination for a night under the stars.

Don’t miss THE RAT PACK when the show visits the Fabulous Fox May 15-17. 

If you’re not sure which show to choose, gift certificates to the Fabulous Fox Theatre are always a great option!


A Christmas Carol Holiday Traditions

Published by Sara at 9:15 AM under

One of the most beloved Christmas stories, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, tells the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and his journey of redemption. Written in only six weeks, A Christmas Carol sold out of 6,000 original copies within four days. Although the story is over 150 years old, A Christmas Carol has never gone out of print and continues to remind readers of the true meaning of Christmas.

In keeping with the title of the book, Dickens wrote the holiday classic in the form of staves, usually used in Christmas carols. Traditional carols typically include a message of hope to bring merriment to those who have joined together to sing the song. Dickens wanted to remind his readers that joy and hope were possible in spite of suffering. This message touched the people of England who struggled with poverty throughout the Industrial Revolution, and as his work grew in popularity A Christmas Carol inspired a resurgence of holiday celebrations.

Charles Dickens had greater influence on current Christmas traditions than any other individual. Inspired by the publication of A Christmas Carol, forgotten Christmas customs became popular again. This revival, known as the Victorian revival, was a cultural transformation that happened almost immediately; businesses who had previously overlooked the holiday encouraged an emotional celebration of the Christmas season.

With the new celebration came new Christmas traditions. The custom of Christmas trees, which were popular in Germany, was brought to England and soon many homes had adorned trees and elaborate decorations. Gift giving, typically organized at the New Year, moved to Christmas and modest gifts like nuts, fruit, and small trinkets were hung on the trees. In 1848, the Christmas cracker, a package filled with sweets that snapped when pulled apart, became a must-have in all the celebrations. Christmas goose, roast beef and plum pudding were soon replaced by turkeys, which became more popular as a Christmas dish after the publication of A Christmas Carol. In the novel, the turkey is introduced by Scrooge, when he brings a turkey for Tiny Tim and his family.

A Christmas Carol is shared each holiday season because the story brings people together, spreads joy, and helps listeners remember the true spirit of Christmas. For some families it is a time honored tradition to read parts of the story, while others enjoy a live performance. Whatever your tradition, Dickens’ themes of family, goodwill, and charity are themes that continue to ring true.

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