Next stop, Broadway…The highlight of the 2010-2011 Repertory Theatre of St. Louis season will be the world premiere of the Broadway-bound play High, starring actress and Missouri native KATHLEEN TURNER. The MATTHEW LOMBARDO-penned production about a recovering alcoholic nun (Turner) and the 19-year-old drug addict she tries to help will be directed by ROB RUGGIERO. Turner, whose film credits include Body Heat, Prizzi’s Honor and The Virgin Suicides, also starred in the Broadway adaptation of The Graduate.

    Join Ladue News at the 2010 Spring Home and Garden Expo at West County Center. Stop by the LN booth April 9 to 11 to pick up a paper, sign up for a drawing, or just say hi!

    Opera Theatre Saint Louis is bringing in actress AMY IRVING (Carrie, Yentl) for ISAAC MIZRAHI’s production of A Little Night Music. Opening June 6, the opera marks Irving’s first appearance as ‘Desiree Armfeldt,’ and fashion designer Mizrahi’s debut as a stage director.

    Kudos to St. Louis artist CRAIG NORTON, who was reviewed this month in The New York Times. Norton’s ‘Civil Rights’ is currently showing at the Jim Kempner Fine Art gallery in Chelsea, his first solo exhibition in New York City. Locally, his drawings and collages were most recently exhibited at William Shearburn Gallery in the Central West End.

    And many more…ST. LOUIS BOY SCOUT TROOP 11 is marking its 90-year anniversary with a special celebration next month at Temple Israel. Founded in 1920,  the 35-member group was originally sponsored by Wesley House and later by the Young Men’s Hebrew Association (now the JCCA). It has been sponsored by Temple Israel since 1967. For more information on the April 10 reunion, call 749-1800.

    Missouri’s newly appointed Poet Laureate, DAVID CLEWELL, is committed to promoting literacy and will continue to hold poetry readings at schools, nursing homes and civic organizations throughout the state. An English professor at Webster University, Clewell will serve as ambassador for Missouri poetry and is writing a poem in honor of the state.

    CARDINAL RITTER COLLEGE PREP HIGH SCHOOL is celebrating its 30th anniversary with its first-ever fundraising gala. Approxi mately half of its students require financial assistance, yet 100 percent of its graduates are accepted into college, most with scholarships. The April 16 event at the Missouri Athletic Club also will honor the DANFORTH FOUNDATION and five individuals for their commitment to the school: JOSEPH CONRAN, ARNOLD DONALD, JUDGE JIMMIE EDWARDS, BISHOP ROBERT HERMANN and DEBORAH PATTERSON.

    Stay tuned this summer for the Cake Boss episode on TLC featuring a St. Louis-themed 700-pound cake by celebrity baker BUDDY VALASTRO. The cake depicts the Fox Theatre, Busch Stadium, Ted Drewe’s, Imo’s Pizza and the Saint Louis Zoo, among other local institutions, crafted in fondant by Valastro, who recently was in town to celebrate the grand opening of River City Casino.

    Get ‘canned’ this weekend with CANSTRUCTION, a collection of sculptures made entirely of canned goods and created by local architects, engineers and students. Works include depictions of Bevo Mill, Spirit of St. Louis, Huck Finn and more. To mark the 10th anniversary of the event, sculptures will be on display at the Missouri History Museum through April 5. And the best part: Once the sculptures come down, the canned goods will be donated to the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry and the St. Louis Area Foodbank. Visitors are encouraged to bring extra cans for the campaign.

    Our heartfelt condolences to the family of philanthropist JUDY CHAMP of Ladue, who passed away earlier this month at age 70. A recipient of the 1995 Women of Achievement Award, Champ was involved with the Regional Arts Commission and the Arts and Education Council of Greater St. Louis and served on a number of boards, including Dance St. Louis, Girls Inc., Laumeier Sculpture Park, Springboard to Learning and Citizens for Missouri’s Children.