FUN HOME Star Beth Malone to Perform at St. Louis Arts Awards
Malone will replace Taylor Louderman, who was just cast in an upcoming Broadway show, as part of the evening's entertainment line-up. Ken Page, who will oversee the festivities as emcee, will also perform. The St. Louis Arts Awards salutes individuals, businesses and organizations that achieve a legacy of artistic excellence and enrich the city's arts and cultural community. Also slated to perform: the North County Big Band under the direction of Riverview Gardens Band Director Harvey Lockhart, this year's Art Educator of the Year honoree; the band's pianist, Royce Martin, winner of the 2016 St. Louis Teen Talent Competition, and a junior at Grand Center Arts Academy.
In addition to Lockhart, this year's honorees include: Steven Woolf, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Lifetime Achievement in the Arts; Mike Isaacson, The Muny and Fox Theatricals, Excellence in the Arts; Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Excellence in the Arts; Pianos for People, Arts Innovator; Jim and Cathy Berges, The Berges Family Foundation, Excellence in Philanthropy; and U.S. Bank, Corporate Support of the Arts.
Of her performance in Fun Home, The New York Times wrote "Ms. Malone is a first-rate actress who expertly turns seeming self-effacement into penetrating presence," and USA Today wrote she is "simply riveting." Malone's other credits include Ring of Fire (Original Broadway cast), and the Off-Broadway productions of Bingo, Fun Home and The Marvelous Wonderettes. Regional work includes The Unsinkable Molly Brown for which she received the Henry Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical; Sister Act (ALLIANCE THEATRE), Annie Get Your Gun (California Musical Theatre). Her television work includes Claudia on CBS's "BrainDead," "The Good Wife," "Reno 911!," "Judging Amy," "What's On?," "One Minute Soaps." Film: The Comedian with Robert DeNiro opening on Feb. 3, and Hick starring Eddie Redmayne.
Proceeds from the St. Louis Arts Awards event benefit the Arts and Education Council's annual campaign which funds nearly 70 arts and arts education organizations throughout the 16-county bi-state region. Susan S. Block, founder of the Designing Block, and John H. Russell, senior vice president at Stifel Financial Corporation, are co-chairs. Presenting sponsors include World Wide Technology, Inc. and the Steward Family Foundation; principal sponsors are Edward Jones and Emerson. The stage and entertainment sponsor is Centene Charitable Foundation.
About the Arts and Education Council: The Arts and Education Council (A&E), is the St. Louis region's United Arts Fund providing financial, technical and educational support for arts organizations. A&E's mission is to build appreciation, participation and support for arts and arts education throughout the St. Louis community. A&E is the only privately funded arts umbrella organization that serves the 16-county, bi-state St. Louis region. Since its inception in 1963, the Arts and Education Council has raised and distributed more than $100 million in private funding for the arts - a significant contribution that directly impacts the quality of life in our region. With funds raised, the Arts and Education Council annually assists approximately 70 nonprofit arts and arts education organizations. Additionally, the Arts and Education Council provides office, rehearsal and performance space for 16 nonprofit arts organizations in the Centene Center for Arts and Education, a unique arts incubator located in the Grand Center Arts District. A&E meets all 20 Better Business Bureau Charity Standards and has earned the Wise Giving Seal of Approval, a three-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Guidestar Exchange Silver Participant rating.