Thursday, September 27, 2007

Archdiocese Blocks Performance at Ivory Theatre

ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Archdiocese today blocked the opening night of "Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll" at the Ivory Theatre after telling a judge the musical revue violated an agreement prohibiting adult entertainment in the former Catholic church.

St. Louis Circuit Judge Philip D. Heagney issued a temporary restraining order today and scheduled a hearing Friday to consider a permanent order. Carondelet theater was previously the St. Boniface Catholic Church before it was closed in 2005 and sold to developers.

"This is just about a sales agreement that was made," said Anne Steffens, an archdiocesan spokeswoman. "We believe this is a violation of the agreement."
This upcoming play was previously reported here.

New Line Theatre said the play includes songs from musicals that deal with sex, drugs and rock music. Although some of the songs contain strong language, Rothschild said there is no nudity. He doesn’t believe the play violates the deed restriction.
That's why it's now in court. Kudos to the Archdiocese for taking this action!

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