From Tony Award-winning musicals and Grammy Award-winning performers to classic and contemporary art, take a first glimpse into St. Louis’ fall entertainment season.
The Fox Theatre
Tony Award-winning dramas, comedies and adventures will kick off The Fox Theatre’s fall schedule. See Broadway’s longest-running musical, Chicago, Sept. 20-22; the Tony Award-winning Evita, Oct. 8-20; the musical comedy Sister Act, Nov. 19-Dec. 1: and the romantic classic Beauty and the Beast, Nov. 1-3. The season continues with holiday shows A Christmas Carol, Dec. 5-8; and Elf, Dec. 17-29. And next year, take in more Broadway specials: West Side Story, Jan. 3-5; Mamma Mia!, Feb. 7-9; Jersey Boys, Feb. 19-March 2; We Will Rock You, March 18-30; Once, April 8-20; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, April 29-May 11; and The Wizard of Oz, May 13-18. Ticket prices vary. 534-1111 or fabulousfox.com.
The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis
The Rep will take audiences behind-the-scenes, up in the air and through a snowstorm with its eclectic new season. Experience the exotic entertainment of Cabaret, Sept. 11-Oct. 6; the true story of the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II in Fly, Oct. 16-Nov. 10; and the classic Agatha Christie ‘whodunit’ mystery, The Mousetrap, Dec. 4-29. Also hitting The Rep’s stage will be a behind-the-scenes look at a famous string quartet in Opus, Jan. 8-Feb. 2; and the bumpy journey of a prominent family following the release of a tell-all book in Other Desert Cities, Feb. 12-March 9. The season will come to a close with a hilarious backstage look at theater with Noises Off, March 19-April 13. $24-$76. 968-4925 or repstl.org.
The Sheldon Concert Hall
Grammy Award-winning folk, rock and jazz will highlight The Sheldon’s latest season: Americana musicians Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn (Sept. 20), singer-songwriters Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin (Oct. 4), and folk artist Rickie Lee Jones (Nov. 8). The Peter Martin Music Series also will return to the venue with the St. Louis native jazz pianist’s CD Release Party on Feb. 7; a performance celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Newport Jazz Festival on March 30; and more. Ticket prices vary. 533-9900 or thesheldon.org.
Peabody Opera House
Stars of stand-up and the stage will grace the Peabody this fall. Laugh it up with comedians Lewis Black, Oct. 4; and Jimmy Fallon, Oct. 14. Then, get a taste of Broadway beginning with Godspell, Nov. 15-17. The Broadway season continues with Man of La Mancha, Feb. 7-9; Peter and the Starcatcher, March 7-9; Ghost, March 25-30; and Blue Man Group, April 25 – 27. And for the whole family, The Wiggles: Taking Off!, Sept. 18; and Sesame Street Live: Make a New Friend; will return to the Peabody. Ticket prices vary. 800-745-3000 or peabodyoperahouse.com.
Dance St. Louis
Dance St. Louis will once again bring internationally renowned performers to the Touhill Performing Arts Center and Fox Theatre stages. At the Touhill, see New Dance Horizons II, Oct. 4-5; Shanghai Ballet’s The Butterfly Lovers, Nov. 8-9; Ballet Memphis’ Wizard of Oz, Jan. 24-26; Diavolo, Feb. 28-March 1; and Spring to Dance Festival, May 22-24. At the Fox, experience Chicago, Sept. 20-22; Evita, Oct. 8-20; and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, April 25-26. $125-$235, season package. 534-6622 or dancestlouis.org.
Saint Louis Art Museum
With the opening of its new East Building, Saint Louis Art Museum unveiled the exhibitions, Postwar German Art in the Collection, on view through Jan. 26; and A New View: Contemporary Art, featuring works from Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Andy Warhol, Donald Judd, Kiki Smith and more. Upcoming exhibitions include Impressionist France: Visions of Nation from Le Gray to Monet, March 16-July 6. Free. 721-0072 or slam.org.
Contemporary Art Museum
This fall, the Contemporary Art Museum will host Place is the Space (Sept. 6-Dec. 29), an exhibit to kick off the 10th anniversary celebration of its building. Among artwork and its relationship to architecture, St. Louis native Jill Downen’s series, Beauty Mark, will be on display. The gallery’s fall exhibits also include: Anthony McCall: You and I, Horizontal (II), Sept. 6-Dec. 29; Audible Interruptions, Sept. 6-Dec. 29; and Street Views: Jennifer Steinkamp, Oct. 11-Dec. 29. Free. 535-4660 or camstl.org.
Winter Opera’s seventh season will kick off with a Fall Gala featuring a live performance, dinner and drinks on Sept. 20 at Dominic’s Trattoria in Clayton. Then, join the opera for Holidays on The Hill, Dec. 10, 12 and 17, at Dominics on The Hill. Also this season, attend Faust, Nov. 8 and 10; Falstaff, Feb. 7 and 9; and Lucia di Lammermoor, March 7 and 9, at Skip Viragh Center for the Arts. Ticket prices vary. 865-0038 or winteroperastl.org.
Union Avenue Opera
Union Avenue Opera will present a family-friendly, 45-minute production of The Mini Ring (Dec. 7), an original adaptation of Wagner’s Ring cycle arranged by former UAO education coordinator Elise LaBarge. The evening will include arias, duets, overtures and choruses performed by the opera’s alumni artists, ensemble and orchestra. Free. 361-2881 or unionavenueopera.org.
St. Louis Symphony
St. Louis Symphony’s new season will showcase the sounds of Yo-Yo Ma, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Ben Folds, Indigo Girls and the Rolling Stones. The annual Red Velvet Ball will feature Grammy Award-winning cellist Yo-Yo Ma performing with the symphony on Oct. 19. The season continues with The King: A Tribute to the Music of Elvis, Nov. 10; Simply Sinatra, March 30; Ben Folds, April 12-13; Indigo Girls, May 31; and Music of the Rolling Stones, June 14. Ticket prices vary. 534-1700 or stlsymphony.org.
The Saint Louis Classical Guitar Society
Saint Louis Classical Guitar Society’s 50th anniversary season will feature renowned musicians from throughout the globe at the Ethical Society of St. Louis. Performers will include Jason Vieaux, Sept. 28; Guitar Duo Noire, Oct.19; Ana Vidovic, Nov. 23; The Festival of Four, Jan. 25; William Kanengiser, Feb. 22; and Fabio Zanon, March 22. Ticket prices vary. 567-5566 or guitarstlouis.net.
World Chess Hall of Fame
The World Chess Hall of Fame will unveil two new exhibits this fall. Curated by fashion and exhibition designer Sofia Hedman, Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes, Fashion and Chess (Oct. 19-April 18) will celebrate the game’s Queen, with chess archetypes, as well as fashion from famed designers, including Alexander McQueen, Jean Paul Gaultier, Gucci and more. Jacqueline Piatigorsky: Patron, Player, Pioneer (Oct. 25-April 18) will highlight the life of Jacqueline Piatigorsky, a world-renowned chess player and philanthropist. 367-9243 or worldchesshof.org.
Art Fair at Queeny Park
More than 130 juried artists from 20 states will display paintings, sculptures, pottery, fashion, jewelry and more during the annual Fall Art Fair at Queeny Park from Aug. 30 to Sept. 1 at Queeny Park’s Greensfelder Recreation Complex. The event also will include children’s art, art raffles and wine tastings. 997-1181 or artfairatqueenypark.com.
Saint Louis Art Fair
Local and national art, music and food will be celebrated at the Saint Louis Art Fair from Sept. 6 to 8 in the streets of downtown Clayton. Additional activities include a Creative Castle for kids. Free. 863-0278 or culturalfestivals.com.