Through April 8
The Comedy of Errors The Repertory Theatre closes out its season with this Shakespearean comedy, featuring an updated setting during Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Two sets of twins enter into a series of mistaken identities and bizarre disguises on the streets of the Big Easy. $16-$52. Various show times. 968-4925 or repstl.org. Photo by Jerry Naunheim Jr.
Fiddler on the Roof Catch the Tony Award-winning story of Tevye, a Russian milkman who is struggling to come to terms with the younger generation’s shift from tradition to modern ideals. Show-stopping numbers such as If I Were a Rich Man; Matchmaker, Matchmaker; and Tradition have made the show a hit since 1964. This production, part of Peabody Opera House’s Broadway and More series, features Jerome Robbins’ original Broadway choreography and direction. $22-$92. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. 800-745-3000 or peabodyoperahouse.com.
A Night To Remember As part of the Titanic Centennial Weekend, the Missouri History Museum shows the 1958 movie about the ship that should have never sunk. Bixby’s provides an Edwardian Champagne reception with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, plus Titanic-related artifacts are on display. $10 for film only, $50 for reception and film. Discounted tickets for members. 6 p.m. mohistory.org.
Christodoulos Panayiotou: One Thousand and One Days The Contemporary Art Museum features new and pre-existing works from the artist that display a range of techniques and socio-political concerns. The title of the exhibition alludes to a 1965 book about the Kennedy Administration, and the traditional Middle Eastern folk stories, 1001 Nights. Tuesdays through Saturdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m., open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays; Sundays 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 535-4600 or camstl.org. Pictured: Christodoulos Panayiotou, installation view at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.
Rachmaninoff Festival The St. Louis Symphony performs works by Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich, featuring conductor Hans Graf and pianist Stephen Hough. The extreme difficulty of the solo pieces are expected to make for an exciting performance. Friday, 10:30 a.m.; Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m. 534-1700 or slso.org. Photo by Scott Ferguson
Memphis The Broadway musical wows playgoers with dancing, music and the story of fame and forbidden love. Based on real-life events, it tells of a white DJ and a black club singer who take on the world. $15-$75. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. 534-1111 or fabulousfox.com. Photo by Paul Kolnik
Beethoven 5 The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra is led by conductor Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, with Stephen Hough on piano. The event features works by Glinka, Rachmaninoff and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m. 534-1700 or slso.org. Photo by Scott Ferguson
Mary Poppins The Peabody Opera House Broadway and More series presents a musical that has enchanted audiences for generations. The Disney production features the story of the Banks children, Jane and Michael, along with the nanny who blows into town and changes their lives forever. $22-$127. Show times vary. 800-745-3000 or peabodyoperahouse.com.
Mother’s Day Concert Denise Thimes and Friends perform with featured saxophonist Tom Braxton at The Sheldon. Tickets start at $30. A dinner buffet is available for an additional $35 per person. 5:30 p.m. 533-9900 or thesheldon.org.
Carmen Opera Theatre Saint Louis presents the story of a femme fatale that has delighted audiences for more than a century, in a performance at the Loretto-Hilton Center. St. Louis’ own Kendall Gladen plays the starring role. Tickets start at $25. Show times and dates vary. 961-0644 or opera-stl.org.
Othello Shakespeare festival presents its annual free performances of Shakespearean plays. Directed by St. Louisan Bruce Longworth, the play touches on the universal themes of love, betrayal and racism. SLU grad Heather Wood plays Desdemona and Billy Eugene Jones plays Othello. Chair rentals are available for $7 and $10, or bring your own chairs or blanket! Shakespeare Glen in Forest Park. 8 p.m. nightly except Tuesdays, green show entertainment begins at 6:30 p.m. 531-9800 or shakespearefestivalstlouis.org.
Riverdance The farewell tour of the 17-year hit visits St. Louis at the Fox Theatre. The show features Irish music, song and dance that leaves audiences in awe—and this might be your last chance to see it! $26-$70. 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday. 534-1111 or fabulousfox.com.
Sweeney Todd The dark and bloody 1979 musical by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler is presented by Opera Theatre Saint Louis, featuring music director Stephen Lord and director Ron Daniels. Tickets start at $25. Loretto-Hilton Center. Various times and dates. 961-0644 or opera-stl.org.
5/26 through 8/19
Lantern Festival: Art by Day, Magic by Night Elaborate sets celebrating traditional Chinese lantern festivals create festive color throughout the Missouri Botanical Garden all summer long. During opening weekend (Memorial Day weekend), the Garden is alive with lantern installations and a Grand Parade including a massive, 70-foot dragon, martial arts, calligraphy, painting, authentic regional cuisine and tea tastings, along with tours of the Grigg Nanjing Friendship Garden. Special rates for opening weekend and evening admission. 577-5100 or mobot.org.
High Fidelity New Line Theatre presents the rock musical based on the novel by Nick Hornby, as well as the film starring John Cusack and Jack Black. The score is filled with references to musical legends like Bruce Springsteen, Guns N’ Roses, The Beatles, Aretha Franklin. The story follows a 30-something record store owner and his series of failed relationships. $15-$20. Thursdays through Saturdays, 8 p.m. Washington University South Campus Theatre. Call 534-1111 or visit newlinetheatre.com.
Ain’t Misbehavin’ The spirit of the 1930s comes to life with songs like Keepin’ Out of Mischief, Honeysuckle Rose and T Ain’t Nobody’s Biz-ness If I Do. STAGES presents the Tony-winning musical revue that celebrates the life, music and times of Thomas ‘Fats’ Waller. Robert G. Reim Theatre. $15-$55. 821-2407 or stagesstlouis.org.
Vince Martin The 19th season of the Missouri Botanical Garden’s free outdoor Whitaker Music Festival rocks with the vocals and guitar sounds of Vince Martin, who has traveled the world, performing with a voice reminiscent of George Benson, Al Jarreau and Elvis Presley. Guests are invited to bring their own picnic supper, baskets and coolers, with food, beer, wine and soda available for purchase. Admission is free after 5 p.m., music begins at 7:30 p.m. 577-5100 or mobot.org.
Restoring an American Treasure The Saint Louis Art Museum resumes its ambitious project, conserving The Panorama of the Monumental Grandeur of the Mississippi Valley. Led by paintings conservator Paul Haner with curation by Janeen Turk, a team restores the 348-foot-long painting in the museum’s galleries, giving visitors a behind-the-scenes experience. The work was originally commissioned by Dr. Montroville Dickeson and created circa 1850 by John Egan. 721-0072 or slam.org.
Thoroughly Modern Millie The Muny opens its 2012 season with the story of a small-town girl who heads to New York City to experience modern life in the flapper-filled 1920s. Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress Leslie Uggams reprises her Broadway role of Muzzy, in a play charged with dancing and adventure. 361-1900, ext. 550 or muny.org.
The Jungle Book STAGES presents the musical inspired by the Rudyard Kipling stories and the Disney film as part of its Family Theatre series. Mowgli, Baloo and King Louie go on adventures in the jungle, while the audience enjoys songs like The Bare Necessities and I Wanna Be Like You. Skip Viragh Center for the Arts at Chaminade. $15-$55. 821-2407 or stagesstlouis.org.
Chicago The Muny presents the murderous musical for the first time. The Tony and Oscar winner is set in 1920s Chicago, where housewife Roxie Hart gets taken up with the jazz scene…and tried for murder. While trying to realize her dreams of stardom behind bars, she competes with the famous Velma Kelly for the spotlight. 361-1900, ext. 550 or muny.org.