The Great Hunter stayed home on Sunday night while I went to The “Fabulous” Fox Theater in St. Louis with my brother and sister-in-law to see My Fair Lady. I don’t know how I’ve never seen this before. I knew many of the songs, but to be honest, I never knew where the songs came from; much the same as I knew the names Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins (but I have to admit I wasn’t sure that Eliza Doolittle didn’t have something to do with Dr. Doolittle.)
So for those of you who don’t know any more than I did when I sat down in the theater…Professor Henry Higgins is a speech specialist and takes on a bet that he can take a heavily accented Cockney woman and turn her into a woman who can make it through high society. And “Cockney” for those that don’t know (which would include me) is an English dialect spoken in the east end of London.
The “Fabulous” Fox theater is truly a gem in St. Louis. I’ve written about it before. It is such a treat to go to such a beautifully restored building. I’ve seen great shows here over the years like Mama Mia, Jersey Boys, Wicked, Lion King, Cats, White Christmas and even very long ago, Hair. The fox was originally built in 1929 as a movie theater and is the anchor of the Grand Center Arts District which also includes The Sheldon Concert Hall, The Grandel Theater, Powell Symphony Hall, Contemporary Art Museum, the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum and other artistic venues.
It is always a good time. I love musicals. If I had a complaint about the Fox it would be that at times you have to play head-dodge with the person in front of you in order to be able to see both sides of the stage. But, it’s like having a baby, you forget the bad parts because the rest is so good.