Getting to know finalists of the 2015 Teen Talent Competition

Published by Sara at 12:23 PM under Five Fabulous Questions | Fox Concerts

The St. Louis Teen Talent Competition is back! This local competition engages the young and emerging talent in St. Louis’ performing arts community to compete for college scholarships, prizes, special awards, and public appearance opportunities. The Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation showcases these talented teens as they perform their way through three rounds of competition. Over 90 students brought their skills in vocal performance, musical instruments, dance, and even acrobatics to the first rounds and now only 13 acts remain. We met up with three of the finalists and asked them questions about their final performance:

 Janna Schmid comes to the Fox stage from Eureka High School. She sang and danced her way to the finals to showcase her talents in musical theatre.

Nathaniel and Jerome Eulentrop bring some “Sibling Rivalry” to the competition. They are violinists from the Eagles Landing Academy/Homeschool.

Rachel Antoinette Morgan is a pianist from Hazelwood Central High School. She brings her talent and classical style to the Fox for the final round.

What makes your act unique?

 Janna Schmid (Singing/Musical Theater) - I can use dance, singing, and acting to tell the story of "the perfect double act". I get to play a character on stage who is desperate need of a partner to perform the act with her. The number is packed with story, comedy, and dance along with some fun "belty" notes.

Nathaniel and Jerome Eulentrop Jr. (Violin Duo) - Our act is a mash up of classical musicianship and popular showmanship.  We are really able to have a lot of fun with it as we play off each other in a dueling fashion, as well as, incorporate parts of the wildly popular fiddle tune Orange Blossom and the theme from Mission Impossible.

Rachel Antoinette Morgan (Pianist) – I am the only one playing classical piano in the whole competition. I'm a solo musician that is playing a piece written almost 200 years ago, unlike my other competitors.

How are you preparing for finals? Are you doing anything differently from your usual practices? 

Janna Schmid (Singing/Musical Theater) – I have been practicing every day and getting as comfortable as possible with my choreography. I also have to stretch a lot for flexibility and I've been biking a little to increase stamina---the number has me out of breath by the end of it! 

Nathaniel and Jerome Eulentrop Jr. (Violin Duo) The Fox Theater stage is huge. Our act requires quite a bit of room and we've moved our practicing from our living room out into our driveway.  We have also changed some details to make the story as clear for the audience as possible.  We have come to realize that every detail in the act - from each note, to every move - needs to be planned in advance.

Rachel Antoinette Morgan (Pianist) - For this competition, I am practicing my competition piece even more than usual, while incorporating the advice given to me by the judges. They are trying to get me out of my comfort zone, so that takes a lot of practice.

Why did you want to be a part of this event and what will performing on the Fox stage mean to you?

 Janna Schmid (Singing/Musical Theater) -  I wanted to try the Teen Talent Competition this year because a number of my friends had made it to the finals in the past and had amazing experiences, and I wanted to work for that opportunity! Performing at the Fox is an AMAZING opportunity! I am hugely into theatre and seeing all the amazing shows that come through and perform there gives me inspiration to want to be up there performing, and now it's my chance! I know I am going to be pretty nervous, but I can't wait to perform on the stage where so many stars have played. I just want to go up there and have fun and just be the performer that I have trained for years to be, and to do what I love! 

Nathaniel and Jerome Eulentrop Jr. (Violin Duo) – The funny thing is that although we weren’t too sure about participating, our teacher, Jessica Platt, really pushed us to do it. Some of the things in life that are most worth it are the things you didn't want to do in the first place and if you just get out there and do it, good things happen. It is going to be a great privilege to play on the same stage that many of the greatest performers in the world have played. The venue is so rich with history and is over-the-top gorgeous, we hope we can soak in the experience, relax and have fun.   Before the first round, the possibility of playing at the Fabulous Fox seemed like such a distant dream, but with God all things are possible and we give Him Glory and look forward to contributing to a great show.

Rachel Antoinette Morgan (Pianist) – I thought it would be a great idea to be a part of this competition because I thought that it would be awesome to play on the Fox stage. I never thought I would get this far, but I am so glad I did! Performing on the Fox stage means standing and performing in the same spots as so many wonderful, groundbreaking musicians stood before me. For the rest of my career, that kind of inspiration will drive me to be as great as the people that played on that stage before me. The Fox Theatre will be one of the most prestigious venues that I have ever played in, and that will be a memory that I will always be able to look back at as I progress to bigger and better things in the rest of my life. The Fox is a big step!

You can come and support these talented teens and the rest of the finalists for FREE on Friday, April 24 at 8 p.m. at the Fabulous Fox Theatre. Get your tickets now! 




The Fabulous Fox Theatre Announces the Incredible 2015-2016 U.S. Bank Broadway Series!

Published by Sara at 11:30 AM under

The best of Broadway is headed to St. Louis in the 2015-2016 U.S. Bank Broadway Series at the Fabulous Fox! This season features six fabulous productions, with five of them will making their Fox Theatre and St. Louis debuts. We can’t wait to share with you the heartwarming and head-spinning world of MATILDA THE MUSICAL; the unforgettable songs and sensational dancing featured in NEWSIES; the beloved songs from BEAUTIFUL; the deeply moving story in IF/THEN; the soulful music introduced in THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY and the stirring new production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC.

The season opens in October with MATILDA THE MUSICAL. Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, MATILDA THE MUSICAL tells the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. MATILDA continues to thrill sold-out audiences of all ages on Broadway and in London’s West End and we can’t wait to see this Tony Award®-winner open on the Fabulous Fox stage October 21-November 1!

Discover the Magic of MATILDA THE MUSICAL

They delivered the papers, until they made the headlines.  Direct from Broadway comes NEWSIES, the smash-hit, crowd-pleasing new musical from Disney. Winner of the 2012 Tony Awards® for Best Score and Best Choreography, it’s a high-energy explosion of song and dance you just don’t want to miss.  Based on true events, NEWSIES tells the captivating story of a band of underdogs who become unlikely heroes when they stand up to the most powerful men in New York. It’s a rousing tale about fighting for what’s right…and staying true to who you are. Seize the day with NEWSIES, coming to the Fabulous Fox January 19-31.

The cast of Disney's NEWSIES perform "King of New York"

Long before she was Carole King, chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached her twenties, had the husband of her dreams and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock ‘n’ roll.  But it wasn’t until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice. 

BEAUTIFUL – The Carole King Musical tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.

Featuring a stunning array of beloved songs written by Gerry Goffin/Carole King and Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil, including “I Feel The Earth Move,” “One Fine Day,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “You’ve Got A Friend” and the title song, BEAUTIFUL has a book by Tony Award®-nominee and Academy Award®-nominated writer Douglas McGrath, direction by Marc Bruni, choreography by Josh Prince and took home two 2014 Tony Awards and the 2015 Grammy® for Best Musical Theater Album. Don’t miss BEAUTIFUL at the Fabulous Fox February 23-March 6.

Carole King performs with the Cast of BEAUTIFUL live on stage!

IF/THEN is a contemporary Broadway musical about living in New York today – and all the possibilities of tomorrow.  With unforgettable songs and a deeply moving story by the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning creators of Next to Normal, this “fascinating, ambitious, and original new musical” (New York Post) simultaneously follows one woman’s two possible life paths, painting a deeply moving portrait of the lives we lead, as well as the lives we might have led. Take a chance on IF/THEN at the Fabulous Fox March 15-27.

Explore the Sights and Sounds of IF/THEN

THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, one of the most romantic stories ever written, first captured the nation’s attention as a best-selling novel by Robert James Waller and is now an irresistible, two time Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical. This stunning new production features gorgeous, soulful music by Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown (Parade, The Last Five Years) that the Daily News hails as “one of Broadway’s best scores in the last decade.” With a book by Pulitzer Prize Winner Marsha Norman (The Secret Garden, The Color Purple) and direction by Tony winner Bartlett Sher (South Pacific, The Light in the Piazza), THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY is the unforgettable story of two people caught between decision and desire, as a chance encounter becomes a second chance at so much more. Experience this incredible show at the Fabulous Fox April 5-17.

Setting the Romance to Music: Composer Jason Robert Brown on the music of THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY

The hills are alive! A brand new production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC, directed by Jack O’Brien, is coming to the Fox.  The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the Von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony®, Grammy® and Academy Award® winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss” and the title song.

“We plan to look more closely at this remarkable work – to tear off the varnish of the past and reveal one of the great, fresh glories of musical theater,” says three-time Tony Award® winning Director Jack O’Brien. Audiences in St. Louis will be among the first to see this all new production!

THE SOUND OF MUSIC features music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammersein II and book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse as suggested by The Trapp Family Singers by Maria Augusta Trapp.

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 and was seen by over 44 million people.   2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the film version, which continues to be the most successful movie musical in history. The hills will be alive with THE SOUND OF MUSIC at the Fabulous Fox April 26-May 8.

Celebrate the return of THE SOUND OF MUSIC 

Series Specials

Season Ticket Subscribers can choose to add highly-anticipated engagements of seven favorites. These specials will be offered to subscribers for priority seating before their public on-sale dates.

The ultimate feel-good show, MAMMA MIA!, returns to the Fox November 6-8. The Fox celebrates the holiday season with Irving Berlin’s WHITE CHRISTMAS November 17-22 and CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE December 4-6. Back by popular demand, WICKED returns to the Fabulous Fox for a four-week engagement December 9-January 3.  Dance St. Louis will present the international Irish dance phenomenon RIVERDANCE at the Fabulous Fox February 12-14 on its 20th anniversary world tour. Fox audiences will be enchanted when Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST appears at the Fox March 11-13. JERSEY BOYS will make its way back to the Fabulous Fox May 18-22, presented by Ballet St. Louis.

New six-show season ticket packages will go on sale May 31. Current U.S. Bank Broadway season subscribers will receive their renewal information beginning the week of April 27.   Dance St. Louis subscribers will receive information about priority ticket purchase for RIVERDANCE and Ballet St. Louis patrons will receive information about priority tickets for JERSEY BOYS in August. On-sale dates for individual shows will be announced later. For more information, please call the Fox Subscription office at 314-535-1700. Groups of 15 or more should call 314-535-2900 for special rates and reservations. The Broadway Series at the Fabulous Fox Theatre is presented by U.S. Bank. Visit FabulousFox.com for more information.

2015-2016 U.S. Bank Broadway Series and Specials

MATILDA the Musical * October 21-November 1, 2015

MAMMA MIA! * November 6-8, 2015

Irving Berlin’s WHITE CHRISTMAS * November 17-22, 2015

CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE * December 4-6, 2015

WICKED * December 9, 2015-January 3, 2016

Disney’s NEWSIES * January 19-January 31, 2016

RIVERDANCE – 20th Anniversary World Tour * February 12-14, 2016

BEAUTIFUL – The Carole King Musical * February 23-March 6, 2016

Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST * March 11-13, 2016

IF/THEN * March 15-27, 2016


Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE SOUND OF MUSIC * April 26-May 8, 2016

JERSEY BOYS * May 18-22, 2016

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Discover the Birthplace of Rock 'n Roll: Memphis, Tennessee

Published by Sara at 9:04 AM under

Are you searching for the perfect road trip destination but don’t know where to visit? Check out Memphis, Tennessee for a fabulous getaway! Just four hours from St. Louis, Memphis is the perfect place for a road trip.

What makes Memphis so great? Everything! Memphis is known as the Birth place of Rock n’ Roll and home to the king himself, Elvis Presley. Take an unforgettable journey through the life of an American legend at Graceland, the former home of Elvis Presley. You can tour the grounds, see Elvis’ Jungle room, pink Cadillac and even his grave site. Graceland is the second most visited house in the world (the White House is the first) and the tour offers a look inside the home of the King of Rock 'n' Roll.

To get a full day of the King, you can also tour Sun Studio. Often referred to as the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll, this studio was the starting point for many musicians’ careers. Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis all met in the studio on December 4, 1956 and created one of the greatest jam sessions ever, known as the Million Dollar Quartet. A tour of the studio walks you through the history of music starting in 1950 and describes the beginning of jazz, the blues and rock ‘n’ roll. A shuttle service is provided to take you to and from Graceland and Sun Studio.

Music history is not the only thing that makes Memphis famous. The city is also home to the National Civil Rights Museum. The museum is located inside the Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. A recent renovation has given an exciting new interactive experience for guests. Some permanent exhibitions include the history of the slavery in America, the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and student sit-ins. This is a great place about the history of America and appreciate the progress of the future.

Another great place to visit and fun for the whole family is the Memphis Zoo. Over 3,500 animals call the Memphis Zoo home. Two of those animals are Giant Pandas, Le Le and Ya Ya. The Memphis Zoo is only one of four zoos in America that house Giant Pandas, seeing them is a special experience. The Zoo is fun for everyone in the family and kids have the opportunity learn about different species from all over the world. With exhibits from the desserts of Africa to the snow covered lands of Alaska, a trip through the Memphis Zoo is like a quick trip around the world.


After a full day of site seeing and tours, you’ll develop quite an appetite! Memphis has some of the best BBQ in the country. Bar-B-Q restaurants all around the city offer delicious pulled pork, smoked meats, and ribs. While you’re out, try some of the more obscure meals like BBQ Spaghetti!

With so much more stuff to do and see, Memphis is a great place to take off to for the weekend. Before you go, learn more about the birthplace of Rock 'n Roll in Memphis and see Million Dollar Quartet at the Fabulous Fox February 27 – March 1. 

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Five Fabulous Questions with Jack Moelmann, Fabulous Fox organist

Published by Sara at 8:07 AM under Five Fabulous Questions

Meet Jack Moelmann, the man behind the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ at the Fabulous Fox. The organ has been a part of the theatre since its opening in 1929 and Jack has played the Mighty Wurlitzer over 125 times! Jack started learning how to play the piano when he was 8 years old. Two years later, his piano teacher called to tell his father he was wasting his money and wasting her time. However, Jack continued to pursue his dream and was appointed a staff organist at the Fabulous Fox in 2009. 

Jack has been a member of the American Theatre Organ Society (ATOS) since 1967, served on the Board of Directors in one capacity or another continuously for 23 years, and was the President of ATOS from 1985 until 1988. Jack has also performed and given concerts in most of the famous movie palaces and auditoriums across the country. We caught up with Jack to ask him five fabulous questions about the Mighty Wurlitzer and the Fabulous Fox! 

What makes the Mighty Wurlitzer at the Fabulous Fox special?

The Mighty Wurlitzer at the St. Louis Fabulous Fox Theatre is the second largest theatre pipe organ built by the Wurlitzer Company. There were only five of this particular size built and the one in the St. Louis Fox and an identical instrument in the Detroit Fox Theatre are the only remaining instruments of their size and specification in their original homes. The instrument in St. Louis is essentially original, it was built and delivered for its debut upon the theatre’s opening in 1929. While there is always the temptation to modernize and/or enlarge a pipe organ, the St. Louis Fox has essentially stayed as installed in 1929.

What is your favorite song to play on the Mighty Wurlitzer and why?

My favorite song is “The Trolley Song” from the show Meet Me in St. Louis to play on the Fabulous Fox organ, either the large one in the auditorium or the smaller one in the Lobby. The song helps identify me as being from St. Louis and it’s a very musical selection, offering a wide variety of opportunities to use some of the many percussions (tonal as well as non-tonal). Other songs would include those from Broadway Musicals such as My Fair Lady, South Pacific, Sound of Music and The Music Man just to mention a few.

Where is your favorite place to play the organ? 

My favorite place to play has to be here at the St. Louis Fox. It is an original pipe organ in a beautifully restored theatre with a structure that brings out the tonal characteristics of a massive theatre pipe organ. I love meeting the wide variety of people who enjoy the organ on the Fabulous Fox tours held weekly.

What is your most memorable organ performance?

My most memorable organ performance has to be at Radio City Music Hall in New York City back in 2008 when I rented the place and put on perhaps the only public organ program using the pipe organ there (the largest organ made by the Wurlitzer Company). I also enjoy playing the large theatre organ in my home.

I will be putting on a public performance at the Fabulous Fox on the Mighty Wurlitzer on Sunday, August 23, 2015, including an audience sing-a-long and short silent movie comedy. This program could be the most memorable organ performance of my hobby career!

What is your favorite thing about St. Louis?

My favorite thing about St. Louis is that the town is the perfect size, not too big and not too small. It has many cultural activities such as the St. Louis Symphony and other similar programs. St. Louis is also known for its wide variety of sports activities none of which am I the slightest bit interested in! I’ve never even been in the Busch Stadium, the old one or the new one although I was invited to play the organ there for a baseball game!

Check out  Jack Moelmann's performance of a medley from My Fair Lady on the Mighty Wurlitzer at the Fabulous Fox! 

Guests can enjoy organ performances at one of the two Wurlitzer organs located in the theatre during Saturday public tours


Creating the magical world of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Published by Sara at 9:03 AM under Get to Know the Show

How do you create a magical world for Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella? William Ivey Long, who won the Tony Award for his costumes for the show, says you have to think of it as a period piece: “It’s a fairy tale. In fact, that’s the period: fairy tale.” Long has designed 330 sumptuous period costumes for Cinderella, which is presented in Anna Louizos’ equally sumptuous forest-inspired setting. “The scale of this show is big, because it’s a grand fairy tale,” says Louizos. “This is not story-theater. It’s a Broadway show.”

Both designers say they had long discussions with director Mark Brokaw for this contemporary telling of the traditional story, which features Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic songs with a cheeky new script by playwright Douglas Carter Beane. “Mark wanted to create a whole new world that was unique to this production,” says Louizos. “Nature was very important; the thought that we would see Cinderella in the forest became a prominent component of the design.”

 Louizos says she and Brokaw sifted through a lot of visual material to share their emotional response to this version of Cinderella. “There was this image that Mark kept going back to; one of the first things he showed me – I think it was from a fashion shoot – a photograph of chandeliers hanging in a forest.” In addition, Louizos says they were both struck by another photo: “There were these depictions of a home, but the ceiling was gone and you could see the trees and vines were creeping into the house.”

 So, Louizos quite literally brought Cinderella into the woods. Cinderella, her stepmother and stepsisters live in a cottage, both surrounded by and invaded by the forest. “You can always sense nature around the house,” she says, “even the vines are crawling up and covering up some of the wallpaper.” When the scene shifts to the Prince’s palace: “It’s a more majestic depiction of nature. The trees that form the arches are kind of a silvery brown. I wanted to give it a slight metallic feel, or a shimmery feel to it.” And, of course, there are chandeliers in Louizos’ forest castle, just like the picture which served as inspiration.

 William Ivey Long’s costumes – which reference medieval knights, the Flemish painter Breughel, and the French court of Catherine de Medici – are also inspired by nature. One of the main colors he uses is leaf green. “The whole world of Cinderella takes place in the forest,” he says, showing ink costume sketches in his Tribeca studio. “There are dragons, and, of course, going and collecting mushrooms. And when you start with the forest, that means everything’s growing, and flora and fauna, and so, by extension, butterflies and moths.”

 Of course, butterflies and moths transform from caterpillars, and transformation is a big theme in Cinderella. Long has designed jaw-dropping costume changes in both acts, where Cinderella and her Fairy Godmother go from rags to ball gowns in the blink of an eye, right in front of the audience. How are these changes accomplished? Long won’t say: “I would have to kill you, if I told you,” he laughs, but he shows his initial sketches of how Cinderella’s costume morphs: “The idea is that all the changing is done by a magic wand spinning her around. So, I tried to include the spinning in all these sketches, so you constantly saw movement. And doesn’t that sort of look like you’re whipping up a merengue?”

 Anna Louizos, of course, with the help of smoke and lights, has a pumpkin transform into a carriage. And her forest constantly shifts and reconstitutes itself into new settings. She says the basic idea of putting Cinderella in a world filled with moving trees has captivated audiences. “There’s something so breathtaking about seeing nature onstage,” she explains. “You can go outside the door of the theater and there’s nature, but somehow when you put it onstage, it creates a different visceral response in audience members.”

And, Louizos adds, she thinks this version of Cinderella is a fairy tale that will appeal to everyone: “We approached it as any other brand new musical. It’s not a children’s show; it’s a Broadway show that adults should be able to appreciate and enjoy and be entertained just as much as children would.” 

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