Fabulous Twin Theatres

Published by Sara at 9:37 AM under

Did you know that the Fabulous Fox St. Louis has a twin in Detroit, Michigan?

The St. Louis Fox and the Detroit Fox were both built by William Fox as movie palaces to showcase 20th Century Fox films. With nearly identical interiors, the Fabulous Fox St. Louis and the Fox Theatre Detroit are both designed in the Siamese Byzantine style, combining Moorish, Far Eastern and Indian motifs. Stepping into each of the auditoriums, you may not know if you are standing in St. Louis or Detroit!

The similarities between the two Fox Theatres are no coincidence! When Fox began construction on his movie palaces for Detroit and St. Louis, he hired C. Howard Crane who was known for designing decorative movie palaces with ornate craftsmanship. Crane discovered that the designs could be more lavish if the team reused the same architectural plan for multiple theatres. Construction on the Detroit Fox was completed in 1928 and the ornate plaster molds for the Detroit Fox were re-used a year later for the St. Louis Fox.

This summer I had the opportunity to visit the Fox Detroit, discovering the fascinating similarities between the two theaters and spotting a few differences along the way! One key difference between the two Fox Theatres is the interior of the Grand Lobby. While the Fabulous Fox St. Louis has a large window with a tapestry, the Fox Detroit uses faux organ pipes fashioned from plaster to decorate the lobby walls. However, the Fox Detroit lobby uses the same Corinthian columns and large leaded glass mirrors to decorate the space. Lions flank the Grand Lobby staircase in both theatres, but the lions’ eyes flash with light at the St. Louis Fox.

If you visited the St. Louis Fox in in the 1980s, you may recognize the terrazzo floor in the lobby of the Fox Detroit. According to stories, Eve Leo, wife of Fox President William Fox, was unhappy when she learned that the theatres were to have a bare floor. She insisted it needed carpeting, so the floors of both theatres were covered with the elephant pattern carpet still used in the Fabulous Fox St. Louis. After the Fox Detroit was renovated in 1988, the lobby floor was left uncovered.

Stepping into the auditorium, it’s almost impossible not to notice the similarities between the Fox Detroit and the Fabulous Fox St. Louis. All of your favorite Fox features are displayed in the Fox Detroit, including our fabulous chandelier and the magnificent ceiling. There are some small differences, the side walls of the Fox Detroit are painted a deep turquoise to contrast the rich reds in the interior. Backstage the Fox Detroit has some of the same murals that grace the backstage walls of our theatre. Walking through the halls of the theatre you can see the signatures of iconic musicians who have played the Fox, including Stevie Nicks, Frank Sinatra and Prince.

If you have an opportunity to visit Detroit, I highly recommend a visit to the Fox Theatre Detroit! Tours are available Monday through Friday for groups of 10 or more. Call 313.471.3099 for more information. 

See more photos from the Fox Detroit:

Fox Theatre Detroit

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What's Hot On Broadway: Amazing Grace

Published by Sara at 8:38 AM under

AMAZING GRACE is a new musical based on the true story behind the world’s most beloved song. A captivating tale of romance, rebellion and redemption, the production follows one man whose incredible journey ignited a historic wave of change.

John Newton, a willful and musically talented young Englishman, faces a future as uncertain as the turning tide. Coming of age as Britain sits atop an international empire of slavery, he finds himself torn between following in the footsteps of his father – a slave trader – or embracing the more compassionate views of his childhood sweetheart. Accompanied by his slave, Thomas, John embarks on a perilous voyage on the high seas. When that journey finds John in his darkest hour, a transformative moment of self-reckoning inspires a blazing anthem of hope that will finally guide him home.

AMAZING GRACE stars Josh Young, who appeared on the Fox stage in Evita in 2013, and Erin Mackey plays his childhood sweetheart who is converted to the abolitionist cause after witnessing the horrors of slavery. Brimming with emotion and adventure, AMAZING GRACE is an unforgettable musical saga that captures the spirit of history’s sweetest and most powerful sound: freedom.

Highlights from AMAZING GRACE

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Show Us Your Best Moves Instagram Contest

Published by Sara at 10:40 AM under Contests

On the heels of their sold out 2014 tour, superstar siblings Julianne and Derek Hough will team up once again, dancing their way across stages all over the country in their new MOVE LIVE ON TOUR 2015. Don’t miss MOVE LIVE ON TOUR at the Fabulous Fox on July 24.

The Houghs are promising MOVE LIVE ON TOUR 2015 will be bigger and better than ever. The show will feature a brand new stage production to showcase the fresh, exciting and high impact choreography spanning across a multitude of different dance styles that all audience members are sure to love!  The Houghs will be joined by the Move Company Dancers in a fast paced show, featuring live vocal performances from both Julianne and Derek with incredible costumes and staging to complement.

For a chance to win a pair of tickets to see Julianne and Derek live on stage on July 24, show us your best moves on Instagram! Post a video showing off your dancing skills using the hashtag #MoveLiveSTL to win!

By submitting your contest entry, you agree to the following:

1. Contest ends at 12PM on Monday, July 20.

2. One entry per household.

3. You must be able to attend MOVE LIVE ON TOUR at the Fox Theatre on Friday, July 24 at 8pm.

4. Winners will be chosen and notified by email on Tuesday, July 21. Prizes must be claimed by noon on Wednesday, July 22.

5. You must be 18 years of age or older with a valid government-issued I.D.

6. Prize is non-transferrable.

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The Fabulous Fox Partners with the Great Godfrey Corn Maze in Celebration of Broadway's Biggest Blockbuster WICKED

Published by Sara at 10:03 AM under

In a wicked twist, the Great Godfrey Maze and the Fabulous Fox Theatre are joining forces to promote the magic of the untold story of the Witches of Oz. The 2015 Great Godfrey Maze has been designed to highlight the return of WICKED to St. Louis. After breaking box office records in 2015, WICKED returns the Fabulous Fox Theatre December 9, 2015 – January 3, 2016. Tickets for the WICKED Great Godfrey Maze are available onsite beginning September 4, 2015. Single tickets for WICKED at the Fox will go on sale at a later date.

The Great Godfrey Maze will celebrate the grand opening of its sixteenth A-MAZE-ING season with a ribbon cutting on Friday, September 4, 2015 at 6 pm. The Great Godfrey Maze will continue to be open on the weekends through October 31, 2015.  The maze is located in Glazebrook Park in the heart of Godfrey, IL, at 1401 Stamper Lane, less than 40 miles from downtown St. Louis. Beginning on October 2, an additional haunted maze will open after dark on Friday and Saturday evenings.

“The Village of Godfrey is extremely pleased to be partnering with the Fabulous Fox and WICKED on this year’s Great Godfrey Maze. It is a thrill to be working with such great institutions,” said Village Mayor Michael McCormick. “It is exciting to have the national tour back in St. Louis at the Fabulous Fox and even more exciting to bring a piece of it to Godfrey.”

The 7-acre maize adventure is cut into a graphic image of WICKED’s iconic artwork. The maze consists of one winding yellow brick trail cut into the images of Glinda and Elphaba in their famous friendly whisper. 

Based on the best-selling 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire, WICKED, winner of over 100 international awards, including a Grammy® and three Tony® Awards, is the untold story of the witches of Oz.  It is produced by Marc Platt, Universal Pictures, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone.

Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls meet in the Land of Oz.  One – born with emerald-green skin – is smart, fiery and misunderstood.  The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular.  WICKED tells the story of their remarkable odyssey, and how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.

WICKED has been declared “A Cultural Phenomenon” by Variety and “The Best Musical of the Decade” by Entertainment Weekly.  Since its New York premiere over a decade ago, WICKED has been performed in over 100 cities in 13 countries around the world (U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Japan, Germany, Holland, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, The Philippines, and Mexico) and has thus far been translated into five languages: Japanese, German, Dutch, Spanish, and Korean.  The musical has grossed nearly $4 billion worldwide and has been seen by over 50 million people across the globe. WICKED currently has four productions around the world, in New York, London, a U.K. Tour, and a North American National Tour.

For more information about WICKED log on to www.wickedthemusical.com; for more information on the WICKED maze visit www.godfreyil.org. To learn more about the Fabulous Fox Theatre in St. Louis, please visit www.fabulousfox.com

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Five Fabulous Questions: Sylvia Woods

Published by Sara at 10:50 AM under Five Fabulous Questions

We would like to introduce you to our Summer Marketing Intern, Sylvia Woods. The Missouri native has spent the past eleven years in the education setting as office manager and has decided to pursue her passions and switch careers.  She recently graduated from Lindenwood University with her master’s in communications with an emphasis in digital and multimedia studies.  In addition to the Fabulous Fox internship, Sylvia is also an intern writer and graphic design artist for Delux Magazine, a local publication. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family, reading, writing and traveling. Sylvia is also a photographer.  Her work can be viewed at www.geminiphotographyandgraphicdesign.com. Read about Sylvia’s photography adventures and other personal experiences on her blog http://geminiphotandgd.blogspot.com/We caught up with Sylvia and asked her our five fabulous questions.

What are you most excited about becoming a Fox marketing intern?

The Fabulous Fox was always a big deal to me as a little girl.  Coming from a large family, I was only able to enjoy a few shows during my youth so this internship is quite an honor.  During my internship, I look forward to learning about what all is involved behind the scenes and what marketing strategies can be attributed to each shows success.

What was the first Broadway show you ever saw?

The first Broadway performance I saw and can actually remember is THE LION KING.  This show was colorful and full of life! The entire family attended and everyone loved it.  It was fun singing along and the energy of that show was priceless!

If you could see any performance at the Fox, what would you choose?

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE or THE COLOR PURPLE.  It was tradition to watch IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE during the Christmas season in my family.  The line I remember the most is, “Every time a bell rings an Angel gets his wings.”  THE COLOR PURPLE is one of those movies I can never get tired of watching.  A stage performance of THE COLOR PURPLE would be epic!

What show are you most excited about this season at the Fox? Why?

The show I’m most excited about this season at the Fox is MATILDA.  I work with children and I love children.  MATILDA has telekinetic ability and power is intriguing to me! The story of MATILDA reminds me of Annie; two girls in a difficult situation who triumph. Annie and MATILDA are both funny and a bundle of joy to watch! MATILDA is a show both my daughter and I can enjoy. Hopefully my daughter will have the same sentiment for MATILDA that I have for Annie.

What do you think is the most Fabulous thing about St. Louis?

The most fabulous thing about St. Louis is it embraces art at almost every turn and the Fox packs plenty of it! There is so much to do here and many events and activities are free or reasonably priced for the entire family to enjoy.     

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