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An unusually warm summer night in Seattle in 2009 would forever change the lives of countless St. Louisans. A man trespassed through an open window of the residence St. Louis native Teresa Butz shared with her fiancée, Jennifer Hopper. The intruder sexually assaulted and stabbed the women, eventually killing Butz.
An assistant of Sir Paul McCartney recently called local designer David Deatherage to discuss purchasing a vintage desk-- the desk that was featured on the cover of LN’s Fall 2012 Elegant Living edition.
He began his career on the local high school stage and is now an award-winning Broadway star. Since his early days growing up in South St. Louis, Norbert Leo Butz has found great success on Broadway, as well as in film and television. Even with a busy schedule that includes the lead role in next month’s world premiere of Big Fish in Chicago, Butz remains close to his roots. In May, he will return to St. Louis to headline a benefit concert for The Angel Band Project, a nonprofit that uses music to encourage healing and empathy for survivors of sexual violence. The Angel Band Project was created following the murder of Butz’s sister, Teresa Butz, in 2009. With the first show on May 8 at The Sheldon sold out, a second show has been added for May 9 at the 560 Music Center. Recently, Butz took a few minutes to speak with Ladue News about his career and the concert.
Ambassador Nancy Brinker was named Person of the Year at the George Herbert Walker School of Business at Webster University. Brinker is the founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast cancer organization and a former U.S. Ambassador. Pictured: Walker School of Business dean Benjamin Akande, Webster president Elizabeth Stroble, Ambassador Nancy Brinker and Webster provost and senior VP Julian Schuster.
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Norbert Leo Butz visits the 2012 Tony Awards Backstage Creations Celebrity Retreat at The Beacon Theatre on June 10, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/WireImage for Tony Award Productions)
Story: Lawrence Jameson has made a very good living as a con artist on the French Riviera. He has a palatial estate not far from the casino where he plies his trade, with the assistance of local police inspector Andre. While relaxing at a café, he notices a loud American doing a cheap swindle on an unsuspecting tourist. He mildly chastises the Yankee, Freddy Benson, and compares his debonair style with Freddie’s blunter approach. Intrigued, Freddy asks Lawrence to mentor him.
Norbert Leo Butz performs at the Tonys. photo by Associated Press/Henry Ray Abrams
And the Tony goes to…St. Louis native NORBERT LEO BUTZ, whose performance as the FBI agent in Catch Me If You Can won him the award for Best Lead Actor Performance in a Musical. Butz is a Bishop DuBourg H.S. and Webster University theater alum. In 2005, Butz was the recipient of the Best Actor in a Musical Tony for his role in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. He is married to actress MICHELLE FEDERER, his former costar in Wicked.