If you were among the record 7.24 million viewers who tuned in to last weekend’s Tony Awards, you know that Kinky Boots was one of the evening’s biggest winners, garnering six Tonys, including Best Musical. It also won for Best Choreography, giving Webster University alum JERRY MITCHELL his second Tony (the first was for his choreography work in La Cage Aux Folles in 2005). Bravo!
St. Louis viewers would have also spotted the big smiles on Fox Theatricals’ KRISTIN CASKEY and MIKE ISAACSON, who were in the audience at Radio City Music Hall to represent Best Musical nominee Bring It On: The Musical, which they produced. Their biggest cheerleader (pun intended) that night? Fox topper MARY STRAUSS, who also made the trip to NYC for the Tonys.
Also making news in the Big Apple earlier this month was a contingent of St. Louisans who attended a preview of the WORLD CHESS HALL OF FAME’s A Queen Within exhibit, coming to town this fall. Rubbing shoulders with some of New York’s fashion and social elite at Christie’s were SUSAN SHERMAN, JAN GOLDSTEIN, JIMMY JAMESON and others. A Queen Within opens in St. Louis Oct. 19.
Wydown Middle School sixth-grade teacher APRIL FULSTONE is the 2013 Missouri History Teacher of the Year. The prestigious award from the Gilder Lehrman Institute recognized Fulstone’s classroom approach, the level of inspiration she gives her students and her career achievements in education. She’ll be honored at a state ceremony and will advance to the National History Teacher of the Year competition this fall.
The SAINT LOUIS ROWING CLUB has struck gold at the Youth National Championship for the first time ever in the club’s history! The gold was claimed in the Men’s Youth 4+ race at Oak Ridge, Tenn., last weekend. Team members include Ladue’s BJ FRANCIS, who will row for Princeton this fall; Whitfield’s CHARLIE LEBENS; Ladue’s TOM KENDRICK; Ladue’s JIMMY FRANCIS; and Parkway Central’s ANDREW GRANT-coxswain.
Nobel Peace Prize nominee and St. Louis-based WINGS OF HOPE has a new base of operations in India. The project in Balasore, Orissa is in the country’s most impoverished area. It will focus recognizing the importance of women and foster development of small business start-ups, health care and sustainable food.
The LANDMARKS ASSOCIATION OF ST. LOUIS has announced its 2013 Most Enhanced Awards to applaud excellent in the restoration, rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of the city’s architectural heritage. Among the winners: St. Louis’ Central Public Libary downtown, The Flying Saucer on South Grand Boulevard, Metropolitan Artists Lofts in Grand Center, Elaia & Olio on Tower Grove Avenue and The Restaurant at The Cheshire.
There’s a new art gallery to open soon in Clayton: The owners of Clayton Fine Art Gallery on North Bemiston Avenue are photographers JERRY SCHMUTZ and JIM IRWIN, who were both resident artists when the gallery was formerly operating as Gateway Gallery. The pair purchased the space when its previous owners decided to close. A kick-off reception is planned for June 28.