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ALBERT PUJOLS & HOW TO KEEP HIM

Can you just imagine these headlines in 2050? “Remember when the Cardinals won the World Series in 2011?”  “Baby conceived naturally, Scientists stumped!”
Centene’s Mike Neidorf was pressed tighter than Kim Kardashian’s push-up bra at Tony’s the other night by his glammy wife Neomi, while the couple toasted St. Louis Symph chief Fred Bronstein and 12 others over dinner.  The Symph is the place to be over the weekend when it screens the original “Phantom of the Opera” for a Halloween fest Friday-Saturday and “The Composer’s Dead” concert on Sunday. . .Prominent barrister Jim Gunn was nearby, celebrating with fellow alums of SLU High. . .SLU profs Matt Daniels and Aaron Johnson of the Dept. of Fine & Perf. Arts remain jubilant over their Tavern of Fine Arts in the DeBaliviere nabe. Also at SLU, a new partnership is in the works with Oxford University in a study abroad program. Over at WashU, a committee has been formed to create a new sorority. At Mizzou, Michelle Obama will be paged for a food symposium in March to talk about nutrition. . .Wendi and Norm Pressman caught the Rep. alum Jared Gertner as a standby for a lead in the Broadway production of “Book of Mormon” and he performed that night. Theatergoers remember him well from a standout on the boards at the Rep of “A Funny Thing”. . .Longtime barrister Larry Fleming was put on probation by the Mo. Supreme Court for some unstated ethical violation for at least the second time. . .Elliot Smith, who shuttered his contemporary art gallery on McPherson Avenue, has taken his life. Smith had moved to Ft. Lauderdale and then went to NYC, where he was found dead. .  . .Stephen and Phyllis Suntrup are calling it quits. . .Here’s how to keep Albert Pujols here, according to T.J. Birkenmeir: $10 million a-year for seven years; 9-15 percent ownership interest in the team; Earmark half-1percent of all food concession receipts for duration of his life in a 4-way split to The Pujols Foundation, Cardinal Glennon Hospital, St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Shriners Hospital. . .David Guggenheim, son of the late prolific documentary producer, Charles Guggenheim, is readying his next thriller, “Medalion,” starring Nicholas Cage. Dad Charles was beckoned to our town to become the director of KETC, one of the first public television stations in the U.S.. . ..America Traffic Solutions is applauding the ruling by the Mo. Court of Appeals that red-light safety camera programs don’t conflict with state law.

ANN LANDERS AS PERFORMED BY STELLIE SITEMAN

The one-woman show, “The Lady With All The Answers,” starring Stellie Siteman as the late famed columnist, will be presented May 12-22 at COCA’s Black Box Theater in U. City.  The production has gotten kudos from coast-to-coast and will be directed at its St. Louis premiere by Sydnie Grosberg Ronga.  The play revisits the columnist’s favorite works dispensing advice and sharing tidbits of her own life choices and headaches.  . .The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra will dedicate Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 April 8-10 to the late Richard Ashburner, manager of the orch’s chorus.  Said the symph’s prez and ceo Fred Bronstein, “. . .Richard’s impact and absence will be felt for a long time to come”. . .Clang, clang, clang comes the trolley!  The new Forest Park Trolley service line and routing system will launch April 1.

MIKE ISAACSON, TAKE HEED!

For the newly-anointed Muny productions chief Mike Isaacson, here’s a bit of advice from an old Muny vet:

  • Resist efforts by board members, who insist on MUSTS during auditions to cast their or their friends’ children in the chorus.
  • Work fairly with organized labor – actors, stagehands, electricians, scenic designers – which will be a change from days of yore, when The Muny’s labor attorney referred to union members as “pigs.”
  • Get bids on costume houses, etc., and not what had been done in the past, when a late g.m. kept them in his favor file.
  • Encourage management to release grosses for each season. As a city-owned property, isn’t it unfortunate that revenue is never released for fear the unions will ask too much too soon in negotiations?
  • Lean on The Muny’s board to elect new members, who know something about music and theater and not just those from the old buddy system. In past years, a podiatrist, a carpet manufacturer, a brewer, a sassiety cream puff, an assortment of current and former Veiled Prophets and a sports publisher were members. As for the repertoire, the late C.C. Johnson Spink lobbied for opera to be presented.  The Houston Grand Opera’s “Porgy and Bess” was somehow lost on Catfish Row – it bombed.
  • How about electing to the board such cognoscenti as Steve Woolf, Joan Lipkin, Scott Hamilton, Fred Bronstein, Edie Avioli and the Black Rep’s savvy Ron Himes?
  • Reach out to the African-American community.

So, here’s a hearty congrats to Isaacson, a man who certainly deserves top billing.

FRED BRONSTEIN’S ST. LOUIS SYMPH

Whatever high style still accrues to our town lives on to this glorious Never-Never Land of three cars for every two-car garage and sous cloche in every pot.  Long may it be preserved (despite this economy):  the few remaining bulldozing builders with one-tract minds;  computers that may replace columnists someday with names that confuse libel lawyers;  the resident geniuses at information technology centers at MasterCard. Citi and Enterprise; the emcees who say, “The man I am about to introduce needs no introduction” give him one anyway;  children playing on Forest Park’s dew-kissed lawns and the St. Louis Symphony, which should someday become a National Historic Treasure.  There was a certain panache surrounding the orchestra’s prez and exec director Fred Bronstein in the lobby of Powell Hall the other night.  Along with the orchestra’s PR pro Adam Crane, Bronstein ticked off a few names on his wish-list for upcoming seasons.  Among them: Spanish tenor and conductor Placido Domingo; Russian classical pianist, Evgeny Kissin, a former child prodigy. Add to that, Bronstein’s wish for a sell-out crowd at the orch’s gala on Oct. 2 at Wells Fargo.   “We’ve had an 18 percent increase of audience in the past year,” gushed Bronstein.  On a personal note, Bronstein said that he and his wife, Liz, have adopted a Chinese tot in Las Vegas “five days after he was born.”
The columnist toasts Bronstein and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.

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