Yesterday E and I had the pleasure of attending an afternoon performance of West Side Story with my Mama at The Fox Theatre here in St. Louis. I feel so lucky to live in the city that houses this magnificent venue.
Photos are not allowed in the theatre portion of The Fox, but I did snap a couple of phone photos in the lobby to show just a hint of how ornate and beautiful this building is.
From ceiling to floor every inch of The Fox is covered in intricate details. Every time I go I feel as if I am experiencing the definition of "luxury". The carpets, the bathrooms, the hallways, the stairs...it all feels extremely luxurious.
If you are ever in St. Louis and have time for a show, I would highly recommend experiencing The Fox at least once. We always get there a bit early and I enjoy wandering around a bit and taking it all in. Visit the photo gallery page on their website if you want to see a few more glimpses into some of the details that fill this theatre. Though I do have to say, photos don't do it justice.
As for the show, it was filled with wonderful dancing and singing and left me entertained for a good couple of hours. I didn't have a ton of knowledge of West Side Story prior to the show, knowing only it was about two opposing gangs and involving a love story. Turns out it is inspired by Romeo and Juliet, but more modern and set in the West Side of New York City. The first part of the show felt a little overly lengthy to me at times, but by the intermission and after, I felt more engaged and I left feeling satisfied and excited about my experience. I also always leave theatre performances feeling so inspired. Seeing people on the stage living out their dreams and being witness to so much talent rocks me every time. I leave feeling motivated to continue working toward my own dreams and building the life I imagine for myself and my family. You can't put a price on those feelings, which is lucky, because professional theatre is an expensive addiction, one we can't afford to partake in often, but try to experience at least once a year. This year will have to be twice though, for The Lion King is coming at the end of Summer and it is on my must-see-on-stage list, right alongside RENT.
Do you have any must-see shows?
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