Casting Announcement! Elizabeth Stanley and Andrew Samonsky Join the Cast of the Bridges of Madison County

Published by Sara at 3:16 PM under

The producers of the upcoming national tour of THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY have announced that Elizabeth Stanley, currently starring in the role of Claire De Loone on Broadway in the revival of On the Town, and Andrew Samonsky, last seen in The Hunchback of Notre Dame at the Paper Mill Playhouse, will star as Francesca Johnson and Robert Kincaid. Featuring gorgeous, soulful music  by three-time Tony Award®winner JASON ROBERT BROWN that draws upon the rich textures of Americana and folk and the sweeping balladry of classic Broadway, Joe Dziemianowicz of the New York Daily News hails it as “one of Broadway’s best scores in the last decade.” Tom Geier of Entertainment Weekly exclaims that Brown “has written a lush and deeply romantic score, filled with rich and melodic duets,” and NPR proclaims it’s “MAGIC! An evening you will cherish long after the show is over!” As previously announced, the production will visit the Fabulous Fox in St. Louis April 5-17.

 Elizabeth Stanley is currently starring as the man-crazed anthropologist Claire De Loone in the Broadway revival of On the Town (Drama Desk Nomination). Other roles originated on Broadway: Dyanne in Million Dollar Quartet; Allison in Cry-Baby, and April in the Tony Award-winning revival of Company  First National Tour: Kira in Xanadu. Off-Broadway: Gussie in the New York City Center, Encores! production of Merrily We Roll Along, and The Nurse in Hello, Again (Transport Theatre Group—Drama League Nomination, best ensemble). Favorite regional roles: Kate in Kiss Me Kate, Sugar in Sugar, Constanze in Amadeus.  TV: Black Box, Made in Jersey, Fringe, The Chappelle Show, and PBS Great Performances --Company. Graduate of Indiana University. www.elizabethstanley.net

Andrew Samonsky recently played Captain Phoebus in the American premiere of The Hunchback of Notre Dame at the Paper Mill and La Jolla Playhouse. Broadway: The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Neville), Scandalous (Kenneth Ormisten, original cast recording), and South Pacific (Lt. Cable, including the Live From Lincoln Center PBS broadcast). Off-Broadway: Queen of the Mist as Frank Russell (Drama Desk Award nomination, original cast recording), and Encores! productions of Fiorello! and Merrily We Roll Along.  Original productions of Somewhere in Time (Richard, Portland Center Stage), Tales of the City (Beauchamp, ACT), Little Miss Sunshine (La Jolla Playhouse, Joshua), and Disney's On the Record (Original Cast Recording).  He's a soloist with symphonies across the country.  TV/Film: ElementaryGuiding Light.

The critically acclaimed musical of THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY features one of Broadway’s most accomplished creative teams with music and lyrics by three-time Tony Award®-winning composer JASON ROBERT BROWN (Parade, The Last Five Years), book by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer MARSHA NORMAN (The Secret Garden, The Color Purple, ‘night, Mother), and led by the Tony Award®-winning director BARTLETT SHER (South Pacific, The King and I, The Light in the Piazza).

The team also includes scenic design by two-time Tony Award®winner MICHAEL YEARGAN (The Light in the Piazza, South Pacific), costume design by six-time Tony Award® winner CATHERINE ZUBER (South Pacific, The Light in the Piazza, The Coast of Utopia), lighting design by two-time Tony Award® winner DONALD HOLDER (South Pacific, The Lion King), sound design by JON WESTON, orchestrations by JASON ROBERT BROWN, and movement by DANNY MEFFORD.

Based on the best-selling novel by ROBERT JAMES WALLER, THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY tells the story of Iowa housewife Francesca Johnson and her life-changing, four-day whirlwind romance with traveling photographer Robert Kincaid. It’s an unforgettable story of two people caught between decision and desire, as a chance encounter becomes a second chance at so much more.

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Casting Announcement! Newcomer "Star in the Making" to join Broadway Veterans for THE SOUND OF MUSIC at the Fox!

Published by Sara at 10:59 AM under

Casting has been announced for the brand new production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC, directed by three-time Tony Award® winner Jack O’Brien. This lavish new production launches this September at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, under the auspices of the Center Theatre Group, and will then tour North America for multiple seasons, playing multi-week and week-long engagements. THE SOUND OF MUSIC opens at the Fabulous Fox April 26-May 8.

BEN DAVIS (Broadway’s Violet, A Little Night Music, La Bohème) will play Captain Georg von Trapp and ASHLEY BROWN (Broadway’s Mary Poppins, NBC’s The Sound of Music) will play The Mother Abbess with MERWIN FOARD as Max Detweiler, TERI DALE HANSEN as Elsa Schraeder, DAN TRACY as Rolf and PAIGE SILVESTER as Liesl. The von Trapp children will be played by ERICH SCHUETT (Friedrich), MARIA KNASEL (Louisa), QUINN ERICKSON (Kurt), SVEA JOHNSON (Brigitta), MACKENZIE CURRIE (Marta) and AUDREY BENNETT (Gretl).

And introducing Jack O’Brien’s brand new discovery, KERSTIN ANDERSON as Maria Rainer.  A current student at Pace University, Ms. Anderson won the coveted role from hundreds who auditioned.  This will be her first national tour.

“I’ve always believed Maria was a “star-making” part, rather than the leading role we remember from the movies; so I went looking for someone with star-making magic,” says director O’Brien.  “And in through the audition door one day walked Kerstin Anderson, still studying at Pace University in New York.  She opened her mouth, she sang and the tears welled up in my eyes.  If ever there were an enchanting young woman standing on the brink of discovery — this was it!  And now, the discovery is about to be all of ours!”

The ensemble includes Carey Rebecca Brown, Ron Brown, Caitlin Burke, Christopher Carl, Kyla Carter, Austin Colby, Daniella Dalli, Elisabeth Evans, Donna Garner, Meghan Hales, Adam Hill, Jenavene Hester, Jeremy Lanuti, Darren Matthias, Kelly McCormick, Julia Osborne, Andrea Ross, Brent Schindele and Jim Schubin.

According to director Jack O’Brien, “THE SOUND OF MUSIC has been in our ears for decades, as it deserves to be. But it might be time to look once more, and more closely, at this remarkable work which, I feel, begins to reveal itself as deeper, richer, and more powerful than ever. It’s no longer ‘your mother’s’ familiar SOUND OF MUSIC. We are tearing off the varnish of the past from one of the great glories of our theatergoing experience and making it fresh! This is an opportunity we’ve all longed to create!”

Producer Beth Williams (Grove Entertainment) said, “It’s a great privilege to bring this beloved Rodgers & Hammerstein musical to theaters across North America. We hope that people of all ages will continue to fall in love with it for the first time, or all over again, and that it will truly become one of their ‘favorite things.’ From our distinguished team led by the creative master Jack O’Brien, audiences can expect a truly magnificent production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC.”

THE SOUND OF MUSIC enjoyed extraordinary success as the first live television production of a musical in over 50 years when “The Sound of Music Live!” aired on NBC in December, 2013; 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the film version, which continues to be the most successful movie musical in history. The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the Von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with such songs as “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss” and the title song.


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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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