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. 

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!


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