Fox Theater’s New Season Will Hit The Ceiling
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The 31st season of The Fox Theater will feature a Broadway series that includes six shows, four of which have never played St. Louis. They are “Once,” a current attraction on Broadway and the winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards, including Best Musical; “We Will Rock You,” a popular musical in England that is based on the songs of the legendary group Queen; “Sister Act,” a musical based on the very successful film of the same title and “Elf the Musical,” a show that had brief Christmas holiday engagements on Broadway in 2012 and 2013.
There will be seven off-subscription special attractions that include titles seen in St. Louis in prior engagements. They include “Chicago,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “A Christmas Carol,” “West Side Story,” “Mamma Mia,” Jersey Boys” and an adaptation of “The Wizard of Oz.”
Missing from the 2013-2014 season are powerhouse shows with the singular box office clout that appear in the current season like “The Book of Mormon,” “War Horse” and the ever-popular mega-hit “Wicked,” which set a national box office record in St. Louis at the end of last year. There was hope that the 2013-2014 season would include the new musical “Newsies,” currently running on Broadway, but the show’s producers have yet to firm up a national tour of the show. The President of Fox Theatricals, Kristin Caskey, believes that when the show does finally go on tour, The Fox will get it.
Between the end of “Anything Goes” at The Fox on June 9 and sometime early in September, The Fox will be closed to allow for a massive restoration of the theater’s elaborate ceiling and dome. It will take 13 trailers of scaffolding and an army of painters and artisans to accomplish the task, but it has been something the management of The Fox has wanted to do ever since the first renovation in 1981.
Much like film exhibitors, who depend on quality product from Hollywood to fill their theaters, venues like The Fox are somewhat at the mercy of theatrical producers who make the decisions on what productions are going on tour and where. As President of Fox Theatricals, Kristin Caskey, a successful and award-winning producer herself, has demonstrated excellent “connections” to Broadway and has added a significant amount of new energy and excitement to what goes on stage at The Fox.
For more information on The Fox, the current season and the upcoming schedule, click on the link below. Next up at The Fox is “Million Dollar Quartet,” which runs from April 23 to May 5.