Story: It’s 1961, and window washer J. Pierrepont Finch seems more absorbed in the book he’s reading than in cleaning the exterior of the World Wide Wicket building. He carries a self-help tome that describes in meticulous detail how an ambitious, enterprising young man (it is 1961) can rise to the top of the business world with nary an iota of talent.
Story: Fanny Brice, a homely young Jewish woman from the Lower East Side of New York City in the early 20th century, is determined to succeed in show business despite her lack of head-turning looks. With considerable faith in her voice and comic skills, she auditions for a role with impresario Florenz Ziegfeld and His Follies on Broadway.
Story: Last year, St. Louis Actors’ Studio introduced its LaBute New Theater Festival, a four-week offering of new, one-act plays receiving their world premieres at the Gaslight Theater. STLAS founding director William Roth and others at STLAS collaborated with noted playwright Neil LaBute, who agreed to lend his name to the festival and also to contribute an original work to the inaugural event.
What’s more ‘St. Louis’ than getting married with the Arch in the background? The outdoor terrace at Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis provides just that, plus diverse menus, an in-house pastry chef and an on-site spa for all of a bride’s and groom’s big-day needs.
Love is aflutter at the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House, where ceremonies can be held in a stone-pillar gazebo, on a deck over a babbling brook or in a tented pavilion. Evening receptions are held at the Emerson Lakeside Terrace and Pavilion (pictured), and guests are welcome to stroll through the Butterfly Conservatory and outdoor paths.
The classic features and unique ceiling in The Chase Park Plaza’s Khorassan Ballroom makes wedding guests feel as though they’re under the stars. Booking the Khorassan includes the extra perk of having a personalized message on the hotel’s classic marquee, making it a great backdrop for photos.
The concrete, stainless-steel mesh walls, floor-to-ceiling windows, courtyard terrace and dynamic array of ever-changing contemporary art exhibits make the Contemporary Art Museum an effortlessly modern setting for couples in-the-know.
The Fabulous Fox Theatre offers the Grand Staircase (pictured), as one of several settings for lavish nuptials. Guests can enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime experience of stepping behind the curtain and dining center-stage, and the wedding party can even opt to use ‘star’ and ‘chorus’ dressing rooms backstage.
Breathtaking views and beautiful landscaping at The Gardens at Malmaison and The Studio Inn at St. Albans provide a destination-wedding feel without leaving St. Louis. Renovations will be completed in September; the venue will include four luxury bed-and-breakfast cottages and a large pavilion.
Weddings at the Missouri History Museum’s gorgeous MacDermott Grand Hall are taken to new heights, as the newlyweds and their guests celebrate under a replica of Charles Lindbergh’s plane, Spirit of St. Louis, built in 1928. The Museum has spectacular views of Forest Park and stunning Classical Revival architecture to make each event unforgettable.
Monsanto Hall at the Missouri Botanical Garden (pictured), offers a bright, crisp atmosphere. Couples also can choose the Spink Pavillion for a fun outdoor venue. The bride and groom receive a basic 1-year membership to the Garden, and, along with their guests, are free to explore its 79 acres.
The Sheldon can host every element of a wedding, from start to finish. Couples can hold intimate ceremonies on stage in the Concert Hall, before enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres surrounded by gorgeous art in the galleries and Atrium, followed by dinner and dancing in the Ballroom.
Several areas of the Saint Louis Art Museum are available to use as a venue, including the Sculpture Hall (pictured). Guests can enjoy private, docent-led tours during the cocktail hour, giving them a special viewing of the galleries after-hours.
The Saint Louis Club Ballroom recently has been renovated to include a soft color palette of creams and grays to complement any wedding, as well as 17-foot ceilings and new furnishings, draperies and flooring. The Ballroom also offers one of the best panoramic views of St. Louis; and on most days, the Gateway Arch and downtown skyline are highly visible.
There’s no shortage of originality and art at weddings held at Third Degree Glass Factory. The bride and groom can opt for glass-blowing demonstrations to entertain guests, or forego the traditional colored sand used in a unity ceremony, and combine colored glass crystals, called frit, into a vessel that is then turned into a one-of-a-kind piece with the help of a Third Degree artist.
There’s just something romantic about train stations. The Grand Hall, the heart of the historic 120-year-old St. Louis Union Station, combines the romance of yesteryear with stunning architecture and recent renovation and restoration for a one-of-a-kind experience. All aboard!
History and beauty intertwine at Ambruster Great Hall, built in 1931 by Robert J. Ambruster. The family-owned venue, conveniently located in Clayton, can host both the ceremony and reception, and includes china, silverware, lighting and a complimentary DVD of the event.
Most fans of musical theater doubtless are familiar with Cabaret, the jaunty musical written by composer John Kander and lyricist Fred Ebb that focuses on the decadent lifestyle favored by the bohemians and artists who lived in Berlin in the post-World War I years shortly before Adolf Hitler and his Third Reich came to power.
Just call Richard and Kathie Winter an all-star team. Through the years, the pair has utilized their complementary talents for organizing signature events to bring in big dollars for a multitude of nonprofits.
Story: A young girl finds herself drawn into a magical world guided by the most imaginative and individual Cat in the Hat. Soon she becomes a character herself as Jojo, the daughter of the mayor of Whoville and his wife, Mrs. Mayor.
Story: Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, is distraught over his father’s death. When his uncle Claudius quickly marries Hamlet’s mother Gertrude and assumes the throne, the prince suspects that his uncle orchestrated the death of Hamlet’s father in order to become king himself. With that murder as motivation, the ‘melancholy Dane’ sets about an elaborate scheme to avenge his father’s death.
Story: There’s hell to pay, which generally is OK with Morticia Addams, when she suspects that her beloved husband, Gomez, is keeping a secret from her. That’s not happened before in their boisterous, 25-year marriage, which generally has been a quarter-century of good times in their decrepit home hidden (somehow) within New York City’s fabled Central Park.
Congratulations to the folks at Morgan Street Brewery. The local craft-beer maker took home multiple medals at the recent Los Angeles International Beer Competition, including a Gold for When Helles Freezes Over; a Silver for its Honey Wheat; and Bronze medals for its Winter, Golden Pilsner and Black Bear brews. In other beer news, the William K. Busch Brewing Company won a passel of awards at the U.S. Open Beer Championships, held earlier this month in Atlanta. Kraftig Light was awarded its third consecutive Gold Medal in the American Light category, while the company's Kraftig Lager also took home Gold in the American Premium Lager category. More than 3,000 beers and ciders competed in 81 categories at the competition. Well done!
Story: The Old Testament story of Joseph, the favorite son of Jacob, is told in a musical format, including Joseph’s betrayal by his 11 jealous brothers, who sell him into slavery. Later, Joseph’s uncanny ability to interpret dreams gains him the confidence of the Egyptian pharaoh when he tells the pharaoh what the ruler’s own troubling dreams mean in reality.
Story: A young man named Alfredo Germont is introduced to a popular, partying courtesan, Violetta Valery, and falls in love with her. Improbably, when Alfredo proposes that Violetta move from Paris to live with him in the countryside, she accepts. Fearful that she is dying from her fast living, she thinks that this might offer her a saving option.