Mayor Francis G. Slay (center) on the red carpet celebrating Opening Night with Peabody Opera House officials. The developers are Sports Capital Holdings-St. Louis, owner of the Blues and operator of Scottrade Center; Optimus Development; and Paric Corp., in Partnership with KAI Design and Build. Pictured from left are Joe McKee (Paric), Greg Boyce (Peabody Energy), Mayor Slay, Chris McKee (Optimus) and Dave Checketts (SCP Worldwide).
Television host Jay Leno entertains the crowd as he performs at the grand opening of the Peabody Opera House in St. Louis on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011. At the end of his act, Leno announced he was donating $10,000 to the John L. Trotter Multiple Sclerosis Center, the recipient of this charitable event.
Singer Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, entertains the audience as she performs at the grand opening of the Peabody Opera House in St. Louis on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011. Her set included such hits as Think, The Way We Were, with Temptations great Dennis Edwards, Freeway of Love, and of course her immortal R-E-S-P-E-C-T.