Wizard World Comic Con St. Louis 2015 Cosplay Contest (Photos)
May 2015 25

"Best in Show" winner for the Hawkgirl Cosplay.

“Best in Show” winner for the Hawkgirl Cosplay.

The annual Wizard World Comic Con St. Louis took place this past weekend at the America’s Center in downtown St. Louis. On day two, hundreds of cosplayers took part in the annual cosplay contest, one of the biggest draws of the convention.

Take a look at all of the photos from the contest, featuring special guest judges: Jason David Frank (Green Ranger) and Professional Cosplayers Aaron Rabe (Captain Jack Sparrow) and Alexa Heart (Ryu):

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Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA Comes to Life at the Fox Theatre (Jan 20 – Feb 1)
Jan 2015 28

Cinderella Fox TheatreOriginally written for the 1957 television broadcast starring Julie Andrews, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella finally made it’s Broadway debut in 2013. With a new book by Douglas Carter Beane, the classic tale gets some new updates – but still captures the magic of the story we know and love. The show is now playing at the Fabulous Fox Theatre in St. Louis through February 1.

Returning from her leading role on Broadway is Paige Faure as Ella, with the look and cadence that would have you thinking she really is Cinderella in real life. Although some details have changed, the story is still close to the one we know and love. Ella lives with her wicked stepmother (Beth Glover) and stepsisters: Charlotte (Aymee Garcia) and Gabrielle (Kaitlyn Davidson) – although the latter is much nicer to Ella than we’ve grown accustomed to. Right at the start, Ella has a meet-cute with Prince Topher (Andy Jones) as he rides through town. It is there we are also introduced to her friends Jean-Michel (David Andino), a zany revolutionary, and Marie (Kecia Lewis) – a crazy old woman who we later learn has more up her sleeve than meets the eye. Cinderella Fox Theatre St Louis 1Topher’s adviser Lord Chancellor Sebastian (Blake Hammond) convinces the prince that it is time to marry – and what better way to find a bride than to throw a magnificent ball? It’s all fairy godmothers and magical transformations from then on, as the classic tale comes to life.

The show consists of many of the musical numbers from the original 1957 production, as well as some additional songs from the Rodgers + Hammerstein catalog – cut from shows like South Pacific, Me and Juliet. The number “There’s Music in You” was added from the 1997 television version that starred Brandy, which actually came from the 1957 film Main Street to Broadway – where Rodgers and Hammerstein can be seen performing it. CINDERELLA is full of great music and performances, sure to have audiences mesmerized when combined with the direction of Mark Brokaw (The Lyons, After Miss Julie, The Constant Wife, Reckless, Cry-Baby) and choreography of Josh Rhodes (CompanyThe Film, Three Generations at the Kennedy Center, Sondheim: the Birthday Concert).

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Cirque du Soleil “Vareki” Open Now Through January 11 at the Chaifetz Arena
Jan 2015 08

A captivating forest inhabited by whimsical and enchanted creatures.

Cirque du Soleil Varekai St Louis

Photo: Martin Girard / shootstudio.ca Costumes: Eiko Ishioka © 2014 Cirque du Soleil

Cirque du Soleil returns to St. Louis with their critically acclaimed production of Vareki! Premiering in Montréal in 2002, over 8 million people have enjoyed the show in over 72 cities and 20 countries. Now through January 11, St. Louis can enjoy the explosive fusion of drama and acrobatics at the Chaifetz Arena.

Buy Tickets Now at Ticketmaster.

Varekai features stunning cast of 50 performers and musicians from 18 different countries. More that 33,000 hours of work has gone into the brilliant costume design for the show, lead by renowned designer Eiko Ishioka. There are over 600 costumes, shoes, wigs, hats and accessories used in each performance.

The production is packed full of breathtaking scenery, from The Forest (over 300 trees between 4.5 and 10.5 meters tall) to The Stage (a golden clearing 12.8 meters wide), and the Catwalk (a 30 meter long staircase the actors use to travel over the stage) to the Lookout (a 7-square-meter cabin, serving as the centerpiece of the set)

For more information about Vareki, visit cirquedusoleil.com.

Photo: Martin Girard / shootstudio.ca Costumes: Eiko Ishioka  © 2014 Cirque du Soleil

Photo: Martin Girard / shootstudio.ca Costumes: Eiko Ishioka © 2014 Cirque du Soleil

About the show:

Deep within a forest, at the summit of a volcano, exists an extraordinary world – a world where something else is possible. A world called Varekai.

From the sky falls a solitary young man, and the story of Varekai begins. Parachuted into the shadows of a magical forest, a kaleidoscopic world populated by fantastical creatures, this young man sets off on an adventure both absurd and extraordinary. On this day at the edge of time, in this place of all possibilities, begins an inspired incantation to life rediscovered.

The word Varekai means “wherever” in the Romany language of the gypsies the universal wanderers. This production pays tribute to the nomadic soul, to the spirit and art of the circus tradition, and to the infinite passion of those whose quest takes them along the path that leads to Varekai.

YO GABBA GABBA! Returns to the Fox Theatre for MUSIC IS AWESOME! Interview with Creator Christian Jacobs
Nov 2014 07

Yo Gabba Gabba Music is Awesome Live DJ Lance RockYo Gabba Gabba! Live! returns to the Fabulous Fox Theatre on Wednesday, November 12 with the new Music is Awesome! tour.

Tickets start at $30.50 and are on sale now at Metrotix (buy tickets here or call 314-534-1111), or in person at the Fabulous Fox Box Office.


If you and your kids watch Yo Gabba Gabba! and haven’t been to a live show yet, there is no better time than the present (check out our review from the It’s Time to Dance tour)! We had the chance to chat with Christian Jacobs about the awesome ride that is the Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! tour, how the show compares with his time in The Aquabats, and what we can expect when the show comes to town next week.

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Review: ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ Opens New Line’s 24th Season With a “Bang, Bang”
Oct 2014 17

Bonnie and Clyde Musical New Line TheatreBonnie and Clyde (or Clyde and Bonnie, if you asked him) were a couple of American outlaws who captured the attention of the public in the early 1930s. While these two kids weren’t much more than a couple of petty robbers, commonly knocking over gas stations and small “mom and pop” stores, the media glamorized their exploits into legend. And now legend has become musical. Following its short run on Broadway, New Line has once again seen the potential in an unappreciated show – and has given it a new and glorious life!

Both newcomers to the company, Larissa White and Matt Pentecost play Bonnie and Clyde. The two leads share a phenomenal chemistry, as well as an energy that lights up the stage. Each of the actors hold their own in vocals and acting, but when they come together it is magic. The story starts off before the two of them met, with Bonnie’s dreams of being in the “Picture Show,” and Clyde trying to stay out of jail while singing about how “This World Will Remember Me.” The show then chronicles their relationship from their humble beginnings to making the headlines. Joining them are Clyde’s brother Buck (Brendan Ochs) and his wife Blanche (Sarah Porter), who both do a great job of providing the comedic relief in the show. Hot on their trails are Ted Hinton (Reynaldo Arceno) and Sheriff Schmid (Christopher Clark) who relentlessly track down the outlaws throughout the show.

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