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Story and photos by Pat Lindsey
Two of the best things about traveling are sharing great times with good friends and meeting new people. And that’s exactly what my two best friends and I did on a recent “girls’ getaway” to New Orleans.
This was probably my tenth trip to The Big Easy, and Linda had been there many times, too, but it was a first for Carol. Our challenge in planning the trip, therefore, was to find new things for Linda and me to experience while giving Carol an overview of the city’s finest features. Getting a room large enough for three women was difficult, but we found a perfect one at the Courtyard Marriott on Iberville in the French Quarter. Not only did we get a large room with two king beds and a refrigerator, but the Courtyard adjoined the Ritz Carlton and we were able to enjoy some of its amenities, as well.
The Hazelwood Parks and Recreation Division kiked off its 2014 Summer Concert Series at Harry S. Truman Park, 7029 Howdershell Road, with the Americana sounds of Lucky Old Sons on Saturday, May 31.
Broadway sensation and long-time Muny performer Taylor Louderman leads this phenomenal cast as Sandy Dumbrowski in The Muny’s 2014 production of Grease.
Brandon Espinoza makes his Muny debut as Danny Zuko, while the beloved Phyllis Smith, star of the hit television series The Office, returns to The Muny as Miss Lynch. Ariana DeBose, recently seen on Broadway in Motown the Musical, will play Rizzo, and Drew Foster, who played in both the Muny production and national tour of West Side Story, is Kenickie. Matt Saldivar will play Vince Fontaine in the 6th production of The Muny’s 96th summer season.
Neighbors: Anti-Heroes for Everyone
by Sandra Olmsted
Director Nicholas Stoller tackles another perpetual adolescence movie with Neighbors, a frat house movie with none of the charm or amusing characters of the granddaddy of all frat films, Animal House. In Neighbors, the main characters aren’t even the frat boys, but the neighbors to the frat house, Mac and Kelly Radner ( Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne, respectively), a young couple barely passed their own college year and struggling to enjoy first-time parenthood. With a new baby in the house and a mortgage, a fraternity buying the house next door is hardly good news, and predictably, they handle it all wrong, presumably because of their own mixed feelings about getting older and having conflicting responsibilities and desires.
By Sandra Olmsted
Director Nick Cassavetes teams up again with Cameron Diaz this time for a revenge comedy that offers three often scantily clad female leads — Diaz, Leslie Mann, and Kate Upton — and neatly scripted madcap comedy deftly directed. First time screenwriter Melissa Stack provides a solid backbone for the comedy and plenty of comic moments for Cassavetes to bring to life.
The Fabulous Fox Theatre is delighted to announce that the new 2014 national tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, directed and choreographed by Tony® Award-winner Andy Blankenbuehler, will play April 29 – May 11 at the Fabulous Fox Theatre in St. Louis.