A Guide to St. Louis’ Must-See Summer Shows

Monday May 12, 2014

With more than 40 professional theatre companies, in addition to world-class dance, comedy and improv troupes, St. Louis offers the theatre-lover so much to explore. Here’s a list of where to catch summer’s hottest shows in St. Louis.

The Muny
Spend an evening under the stars at the Muny, America’s oldest and largest outdoor musical theater, in Forest Park. The 2014 lineup includes several popular productions. Tickets start at $14. visit muny.org.

  • Billy Elliot the Musical – June 16-22: The international hit is about about powerful and moving story of a family struggling to help young Elliot achieve a dream.
  • Tarzan – June 25 – July 2: Based on the smash hit Disney Film.
  • The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess – July 7-13: Set in Charleston’s fabled Catfish Row, it tells the story of the beautiful Bess as she struggles to break free from her scandalous past, and the only one who can rescue her is the courageous Porgy.
  • Addams Family – July 14-20: The Addams Family musical puts Charles Addam’s classic and beloved characters in a hilarious Broadway musical that has been thrilling audiences worldwide.
  • Seussical – July 22 – 28: Based on the classic children’s books of Dr. Seuss and narrated by the mischievous Cat in the Hat.
  • Grease – July 31 – August 8: One of the most popular shows in Muny history, Grease returns for nine nights in its first Muny production since 2007
  • Hello, Dolly – August 11 – 17: Celebrating the 50th anniversary of its Broadway opening, this award-winning musical features the irresistible story of matchmaker extraordinaire Dolly Levi as she “meddles” her way from Yonkers to New York City.

Shakespeare Festival
Shakespeare Festival St. Louis provides a great way to experience Shakespeare in the city. Each summer, the festival organizes free performances of a popular Shakespeare play in Forest Park. This year, the festival will be performing Henry IV and Henry V May 17 through June 15.  The two shows will alternate nightly when “Henry V” premieres May 24; double headers will be offered on Saturday, June 7, and Saturday, June 14, with “Henry IV” performed at 4:30 p.m. followed by intermission and “Henry V” at 8:30 p.m. The Shakespeare Festival is held on the east side of Art Hill. Admission to the festival is free.

Opera Theatre of St. Louis
For a night of classic and contemporary opera sung in English by some of the best young talent in the business make your way over to the Opera Theatre of St. Louis. Their 2014 season includes The Magic Flute: May 24 – June 8, The Elixir of Love: May 31 – June 25, Twenty Seven: June 14 – 29 and Dialogues of the Carmelites: June 18 – 28

Fabulous Fox Theatre
For an upscale evening, there’s no place finer than the Fabulous Fox for dazzling performance.  On May 13 – 18 come click your heels together and join Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Dorothy and her little dog Toto, as they journey through the magical land of Oz to meet the Wizard in “Wizard of Oz.”  Dance lovers will enjoy superstar siblings Julianne and Derek Hough as they star in their own all-new dance production complete with sets, costumes and a cast of talented dancers, May 30.

Seventh Annual Emerson Spring to Dance Festival
It’s diversity of movement and style at its best with dance companies from across the Midwest and beyond performing a variety of pieces from contemporary to classical to tap and more. Each evening begins at 5:30 with informal, interactive performances in the lobby, continues in the Lee Theatre and concludes on the main stage. Come experience one, two, or all three unique nights of this dance festival and don’t miss one of the most popular springtime events in St. Louis! 6:00 p.m Tickets are $15 per night.  The festival runs from Thursday, May 22 until Saturday, May 24

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