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Q&A: Fox Theatre's Kristin Caskey

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Posted: Thursday, September 6, 2012 11:02 am | Updated: 10:51 am, Fri Sep 7, 2012.

Broadway’s Best New Play Tony Award winner War Horse is coming to the Fox Theatre stage. The creative and emotive play featuring life-size equine puppets is part of the storied venue’s 30th anniversary ‘rebirth’ season. The season also includes Les Misèrables, The Book of Mormon, and new productions Blue Man Group and Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Ladue News recently spoke with Fox Theatricals president Kristin Caskey to get the scoop on these shows and more.

LN: What are you most excited about for the new season?

KC: I am incredibly excited that we have not only the Tony Award-winning Best New Musical, The Book of Mormon, but also the Tony Award-winning Best New Play War Horse, coming to the Fox stage. Many times, the Tony’s Best New Play does not tour nationally, so to have people experience it firsthand will be a thrill.

LN: With the 30th anniversary of the theater’s rebirth this year, will there be any bonuses this season?

KC: We have seven shows versus six on the subscription this year. We strived to make it the very best for the anniversary, and we are particularly proud of this season.

LN: What can theater-goers look forward to this season?

KC: Our audience always is our highest priority. What we always strive for with our seasons is that there is something for everyone. This time, we have classics such as Anything Goes; new shows, including The Book of Mormon and Priscilla Queen of the Desert; and favorites like Les Misèrables.

LN: What are some of the standout shows this year?

KC: Les Misèrables is a completely reimagined production with the same score and story people love; Blue Man Group is doing its first-ever national tour and has combined the best of their productions for a spectacular show; Anything Goes director and choreographer Kathleen Marshall has added her top-notch, mind-blowing choreography to an inspirational rendition of this classic show with all the Cole Porter favorites; and Million Dollar Quartet is a show for all ages: Set on a historic night in the ’50s, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash meet for a once-in-a-lifetime recording session, allowing the audience to experience their songs together.

LN: How do nationally touring shows come to be on the Fox’s stage?

KC: I see all the different shows on Broadway and report on the audiences’ response, as well as the awards they garner, keeping in mind that our audiences expect the best of Broadway to be at the Fox.

LN: How do you feel each night when the curtain goes up and you see the audience reaction?

KC: We love our crowds and being able to interact with the subscribers to really hear what they think.

LN: What is it about The Fox that makes for memorable experiences? KC: The Fox has a rich, historic tradition. The minute you walk in those doors, you can see how much all of us care about the experience people have at our theater— from the architecture and décor to the staff ’s service.

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