Based on the 1992 box office hit which grossed over $230 million worldwide, Sister Act brings the character made famous by Whoopi Goldberg to the stage of the Fabulous Fox Theatre in St. Louis from November 19 to December 1.Deloris Van Cartier (TA’REA CAMPBELL) is an undiscovered diva with the dream to hit it big, as she auditions to sing in the nightclub of gangster Curtis Jackson (MELVIN ABSTON). After being rejected on Christmas Eve, she decides that she doesn’t need Curtis or his club to become famous. On her way out she witnesses the murder of an accused informant at the club-owner’s hands, sending her running into police custody for protection. With the help of officer Souther (CHESTER GREGORY), an old high school friend known as “Sweaty Eddie,” she takes refuge at a convent run by Mother Superior (HOLLIS RESNIK). There she tries to blend in amongst the sisters, meanwhile transforming a church on the brink of closure into a fabulous musical destination.
Sister Act is packed full of fantastic songs, which is no surprise with the talent of and Academy Award-winning composer Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin) responsible for the music. Rarely do you find a new musical full of not-yet-famous numbers that have you captivated, one after the next. Yet in this case, the show is overflowing with catchy numbers. The lyrics by Glenn Slater are wonderfully written, telling the story while keeping things lively and entertaining throughout.
WWE Hall of Famer and New York Times best-selling author Mick Foley (Mankind, Dude Love, Cactus Jack) will be at the Funny Bone in WestPort Plaza tonight – Thursday, November 21 (TICKETS). The hardcore wrestling legend recently took some time out of his busy schedule to chat with Review STL about his current “Tales of Wrestling Past” tour, as well to as talk about wrestling.
Jeremy: How long have you been on the road now with your current tour?
Mick: The nice thing about the tour is I do whatever sales I feel like doing. 3 nights ago I was in literally my home town. After Columbia and St. Louis, I’ll be out in LA for meetings and then out in Las Vegas. I make my own schedule so whenever i want to perform I pretty much can.
What can people expect from a Mick Foley Stand Up show?
I’m trying to veer away from the idea of stand up. I’ve tried to head that off by calling it “Tales of Wrestling Past.” I know that requires a great leap of faith. If I can reach some of those on the fence and bring them over, I’ve done a good job.
The limited engagement is a part of the 2013-2014 U.S. Bank Broadway Series. Opening night (Nov. 1) is also “Kids Night at the Fox,” which means a free childs’ ticket is available with the purchase of each adult ticket (while supplies last; some restrictions apply).
The musical features the Academy Award®-winning score from the animated classic by Alan Menken (music) and Howard Ashman (lyrics). The show also features new songs from Menken (music) and Tim Rice (lyrics). The book is written by Linda Woolverton.
It’s difficult to know just what to expect when you are about to see a musical based on George A. Romero’s 1968 original horror classic – Night of the Living Dead. What you don’t want to see is a bunch of dancing zombies in musical numbers, or songs that take light of the desperate situation the characters are in. Luckily none of that is in the show, which sticks very close to the source material. New Line’s take is intense, creepy and full of slow-building tension.
Night of the Living Dead tells the story of seven strangers who happen upon an old farmhouse to take shelter from the zombie attack outside. Barbra (Marcy Wiegert) has been separated from her brother Johnny, and sent into a semi-catatonic state. Ben (Zachary Allen Farmer) happens upon Barbra, frightened and alone in the dark, and protects her as he takes charge of upstairs. Meanwhile Harry (Mike Dowdy) and Helen (Sarah Porter), along with their sick daughter Karen (Phoebe Desilets), are taking shelter in the basement along with a young couple – Tom (Joseph McAnulty) and Judy (Mary Beth Black). Although they often disagree on tactics and argue about who’s in charge, they all share the one goal – to survive until morning.
“When you look into their eyes, you know somebody is home. Somebody’s looking back.” - John Jett, Former SeaWorld Trainer
Those words, spoken by a former trainer in Blackfish, drive home a point that many, many people can easily forget – this is not a person in a costume, not an animatronic figure that is timed to move to the music. It’s a living entity… and the star of this particular feature has killed. 3 times.
Blackfish, directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite, is not a sensationalistic spin on the deadly killer whale (hardly deadly, as there is no record of a killer whale attacking a human in the wild, according to the doc) or an activist piece, bent on dismantling and destroying the zoological park system.
Rather, the film is centered around Tilikum, SeaWorld’s 12,000-pound male orca that killed trainer Dawn Brancheau in 2010 – the third death attributed to him – and those who have worked closely with him over the years. This includes one of the whalers who stole him from his family as a baby, the caretakers and employees of the Canadian aquatic park he first presided at as a young calf (where he suffered abuse from all sides, including other, larger killer whales) and the half-dozen former SeaWorld Trainers who have come forward to dispel the myths and offer their testimony.