Dancin' Fuel

Webster alum Jerry Mitchell brings Hairspray back to the Fox

"It will be hard for anything to top the impression that A Chorus Line made on me at age sixteen when I saw it for the first time. I saw it in Chicago the same day I auditioned to get into Webster University. I had never seen that sort of seamless integration of choreography and story and music. I immediately went home and told my dance teacher, 'I don't know what this is — turn, turn, out, in, jump, step — but you have to teach it to me because I have to be in that show."

Two years later he was.

"The choreographer is a storyteller": Jerry Mitchell
"The choreographer is a storyteller": Jerry Mitchell

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Through May 7. Tickets are $26 to $70. Call 314-534-1111 or visit www.fabulousfox.com .
The Fox Theatre, (527 North Grand Boulevard)

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Today Mitchell counsels young hopefuls to persevere and practice. "Luck is the meeting of opportunity and preparedness," he says. "I got a lot of jobs, but I was ready." As he prepares to step to the highest rung on the ladder with Legally Blonde, there's a sense that he still is.

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