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.
The event, which began back in 2009, will be at a different location than last year. Contamination will take place at South County Holiday Inn at 6921 S. Lindbergh. Dave Dyer, of Dyer Straits Productions said the event had to switch locations in order to make it a better event for fans.
“What a lot of people don’t realize is that not every hotel works when you try it,” Dyer said. “Last year the hotel we were at didn’t work for us and we didn’t work for them, so we parted ways.”
Dyer said that the Holiday Inn is super excited to be working with Contamination this year.
“They get what we are trying to accomplish here and are ready to have fun,” he said. “That’s the attitude we like.”
The “Masters of Madness” tour featuring Marilyn Manson and Alice Cooper rolled through The St. Charles Family Arena on Tuesday night. The concert was a dream pairing for ‘shock rock’ fans, but it also brought two generations of rock music fans together. That was evident in the crowd on Tuesday night. Speaking of the crowd, to say it was sparse would be kind. While the Family Arena is a nice venue, this show would have been better suited for The Fox Theatre or Pop’s. There just were not enough people there to fill the arena. Whether it was the economy, or the fact that Manson hasn’t had a hit in a few years, the crowd that was in attendance seemed to be pro-Cooper. At first, I was surprised at this, but after Cooper’s performance, I understood why.
Manson took the stage first, rolling through a tight 60-minute set that featured hits “The Dope Show,” “Rock is Dead,” and “Disposable Teens” among others. The shock rocker opened the show stating that he didn’t know whether to say hello to St. Charles or St. Louis.
“There are a lot of Saints around here, aren’t there,” Manson proclaimed to the crowd. “Then why are you all in misery?” Manson was word playing on the name of the state of Missouri.
Manson’s best performance of the night featured a backdrop of the American Flag accompanied with several memorable speeches by past presidents for the song “Personal Jesus.” His set also featured a giant wooden chair at one point, which he climbed and rolled around on during his performance of “mOBSCENE”. Manson also appeared on his now trademark stilts, which put him at almost 10 foot tall, during “Sweet Dreams” a former Eurythmics hit. He closed the show with performances of “Antichrist Superstar” and “Beautiful People,” as confetti showered the audience.