It's been a long wait since 1991, when this Opera House (then known as the Kiel Opera House) last hosted a public event.
The McKee brothers have, with a couple of others, done a fabulous job of renovating this venerable facility and it's hard to imagine its ever been better.
All the elaborate detail work has been restored, with quite a bit of it covered with fresh new gold leaf. Just about every seat was filled for the unofficial opening night last night, which featured Ken Burns and Lynn Novak presenting clips from their upcoming PBS documentary "Prohibition."
For most of those in attendance, the presentation probably took a backseat to the opportunity to check out St. Louis's latest gem. It most definitely didn't disappoint. The new seats, done in the old style, are comfortable, the Peabody Lounge, just off the left orchestra section, is beautiful. There were a few kinks in the service, as can be expected for the first night, but overall it was quite an event.
Don't miss an opportunity to see a show at the Peabody if you get a chance.