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Posted: Thursday, July 24, 2014 12:00 pm

Stage stars, music legends and acclaimed artists—oh my! Local arts institutions unveil this fall’s slate of creative new exhibitions and show-stopping live performances you won’t want to miss.

THE FOX THEATRE

The lights will go up on the best of Broadway music, comedy and drama at The Fox Theatre this fall: Dirty Dancing, Oct. 21-Nov. 2; Motown the Musical, Nov. 18-30; A Christmas Story, Dec. 16-Jan. 4; Cinderella, Jan. 20-Feb. 1; The Phantom of the Opera, March 4-15; and Kinky Boots, March 24-April 5. And even more Broadway specials will take the Fox stage later this year into 2015: Annie, Dec. 2-7; Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, Dec. 9-10; A Christmas Carol, Dec. 12-14; Million Dollar Quartet, Feb. 27-March 1; Stomp, April 10-12; The Rat Pack is Back!, May 15-17. Ticket prices vary. 534-1111 or fabulousfox.com.

THE REPERTORY THEATRE OF ST. LOUIS

The Rep’s unique new season kicks off with the laugh-out-loud comedy, One Man, Two Guvnors, Sept. 10-Oct. 5; and continues with Shakespeare’s magical romance, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Oct. 15-Nov. 9; The Man in Black’s iconic songbook, Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash, Dec. 3-28; the cultural collision classic, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Jan. 7-Feb. 1; the moving justice drama, The Winslow Boy, Feb. 11-March 8; and the eccentric Tony Award-winning comedy, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, March 18-April 12. $24-$76. 968-4925 or repstl.org.

THE SHELDON CONCERT HALL

Top talent of the jazz, rock and folk worlds will grace the The Sheldon’s stage this fall: Music icon Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives, Oct. 3; 20-time Grammy winner and keyboard virtuoso Chick Corea, Oct. 11; singer-songwriters The Wailin’ Jennys, Nov. 7; jazz guitarists Bucky Pizzarelli, Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo, Nov. 15; St. Louis soul singer Brian Owens, Nov. 18-19; and internationally acclaimed jazz pianist Peter Martin, Nov. 21 and Feb. 27. Ticket prices vary. 533-9900 or thesheldon.org.

PEABODY OPERA HOUSE

Broadway classics to debuts will take over the Peabody Opera House this season. Laugh it up with Nice Work If You Can Get It, Oct. 10-12; experience the haunting tale of Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, Nov. 29; go on a magical journey with Pippin, Dec 10-14; join in the uproarious fun of The Book of Mormon, Jan 13-18; and see the side-splitting antics of I Love Lucy Live on Stage, April 17-19. And for another dose of comedy, Brian Regan will perform his signature stand-up at the Peabody on Oct. 24. Ticket prices vary. 800-745-3000 or peabodyoperahouse.com.

DANCE ST. LOUIS

Dance St. Louis will present eight entertaining productions featuring performers from around the world on the Touhill Performing Arts Center and Fox Theatre stages. At the Touhill, experience New Dance Horizons III, Oct. 10-11; Dance Theatre of Harlem, Nov. 7-8; Tango Buenos Aires, Jan. 30-31; Aspen Sante Fe Ballet, Feb. 27-28; Compagnie Kafig, April 24-25; and the eighth annual Spring to Dance Festival, May 22-24. At the Fox, see Dirty Dancing, Oct. 21-Nov. 2; and Stomp, April 10-12. $146-$226, season package. 534-6622 or dancestlouis.org.

STAGES ST. LOUIS 

One of STAGES St. Louis' biggest hits, Always...Patsy Cline, continues through Labor Day. And take two Tony Award-winning Best Musicals, the comedy, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, July 18-Aug. 17; and the classic, Fiddler on the Roof, Sept. 5-Oct. 5. 821-2407 or stagesstlouis.org

J. SCHEIDEGGER CENTER FOR THE ARTS

From laughs to legends, J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts’ lively new season will showcase comedic veteran Jay Leno, Sept. 12; Dick Fox’s Golden Boys, starring Frankie Avalon, Fabian and Bobby Rydell, Sept. 27; Willie Nelson & Family, Oct. 10; Oklahoma!, Oct. 30-Nov. 1; Christmas with Amy Grant, Dec. 7; The National Acrobats of China, Dec. 13; Home for the Holidays with the Erin Bode Group, Dec. 19; The Russian National Ballet Theatre: Cinderella, Jan. 24; An Evening with Bernadette Peters, Feb. 7; The Beach Boys, Feb. 14; Peter & The Starcatcher, May 2; and The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra, May 23-24. 636-949-4433 or luboxoffice.com.

SAINT LOUIS ART MUSEUM

Historical to modern art is coming to Saint Louis Art Museum this fall. New Media Series—Janaina Tschäpe: The Ocean Within, will be on display Aug. 1-Oct. 19 in the museum’s Gallery 301; Louis IX: King, Saint, Namesake, will be on view Aug. 29-Nov. 2 in Galleries 234 and 235; and Atua: Sacred Gods from Polynesia, Oct. 12-Jan. 4 in the Main Exhibition Galleries. 721-0072 or slam.org.

CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM

Art is in bloom this season at Contemporary Art Museum through a live plant exhibit, Sunflower+ Project: CAM, on view through Oct. 4 to promote urban greening, neighborhood beautification and soil condition improvement. Also on display this fall will be Mel Chin: Rematch, Sept. 5-Dec. 20; Mark Flood: Another Painting, Sept. 5-Jan. 3; and Carla Klein, Sept. 5-Jan. 3. The museum's large-scale video art series Street Views also continues, with artist Kevin Jerome Everson exploring the game of football through two short films screening Oct. 3-Dec. 3. Free. 535-4660 or camstl.org.

ST. LOUIS SYMPHONY

St. Louis Symphony’s new season will highlight sounds from famous films: Hear the heroic score from Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Sept. 19-21; follow the soundtrack to the epic drama, Gladiator, Oct. 31-Nov. 2; and sing along to songs from your favorite children’s movies, during Pixar in Concert, Dec. 27-28. Another special night of music, the annual Red Velvet Ball, will feature leading concert pianist Lang Lang performing with the symphony on Oct. 18. Ticket prices vary. 534-1700 or stlsymphony.org.

UNION AVENUE OPERA

Union Avenue Opera celebrates its 20th anniversary season with awe-inspiring productions, including Previn’s beloved classic, A Streetcar Named Desire, Aug. 1, 2, 8 & 9, and Wagner’s epic drama, Siegfried, Aug. 22, 23, 29 & 30. $75-$156, season subscription. 361-2881 or unionavenueopera.org.

WINTER OPERA

For its eighth season, Winter Opera will present Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Nov. 7 and 9; Mascagni’s L’Amico Fritz, Jan. 23 and 25; and Verdi’s Otello, March 6 and 8, at Skip Viragh Center for the Arts. Ticket prices vary. 865-0038 or winteroperastl.org.

UNION AVENUE OPERA

Union Avenue Opera celebrates its 20th anniversary season with awe-inspiring productions, including Previn’s beloved classic, A Streetcar Named Desire, Aug. 1, 2, 8 & 9, and Wagner’s epic drama, Siegfried, Aug. 22, 23, 29 & 30. $75-$156, season subscription. 361-2881 or unionavenueopera.org.

WORLD CHESS HALL OF FAME

The World Chess Hall of Fame will unveil two new exhibits this fall. A Memorable Life: A Glimpse into the Complex Mind of Bobby Fischer, on view through June 7, will highlight the accomplishments of chess champion Bobby Fischer through never-before-exhibited artifacts. And Living Like Kings, on display from Oct. 9-April 26, will explore the intersecting cultures of chess and hip-hop through audio, video and photography. 367-9243 or worldchesshof.org.


Don’t Miss...

ART FAIR AT QUEENY PARK

Paintings, jewelry, photography and more will be on view at the annual fall Art Fair at Queeny Park from Aug. 29-31 in the park’s the Greensfelder Recreation Complex. The event also will include wine tastings, live music and an art discovery area for kids. 997-1181 or artfairatqueenypark.com.

SAINT LOUIS ART FAIR—CLAYTON

Indulge your senses at the annual outdoor Saint Louis Art Fair from Sept. 5-7 in downtown Clayton: Wander through galleries from artists across the nation, hear live music on multiple stages, feast on local fare and get creative with children’s art activities. Free. 863-0278 or culturalfestivals.com.

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