Theater and the Performing Arts

Any list of theaters in St. Louis has to start with the St. Louis Municipal Opera (the “Muny”), the nation’s oldest and largest outdoor theater, which specializes in Broadway musicals.  But it moves on quickly to The Repertory Theater of St. Louis, one of the premier regional theaters in the country; The Black Rep, the nation’s largest, professional African-American theatre company; The Fabulous Fox, which hosts Broadway touring productions as well as musical performers; The Edison, which hosts national music and dance groups as well as theatrical productions on the campus of Washington University; Stages St. Louis,  which specializes in musical theatre; the Shakespeare Festival St. Louis (in Forest Park); and The Sheldon, where the near-perfect acoustics attracts jazz, folk, classical, and all kinds of other performances.

In recent years, however, these venues and groups have been joined by the Scottrade Center downtown, the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University of Missouri St. Louis, the Chaifetz Arena at St. Louis University and The Peabody Opera House, also downtown. All of these are large venues offering major musical acts and in some cases Broadway shows. Adding spice to this mix is an ever-growing list of smaller theater and performing arts groups, including the HotCity Theatre, Metro Theater Company, New Line Theatre, The New Jewish Theatre, OnSite Theatre Company, R-S Theatrics, St. Louis Actors’ Studio, St. Louis Shakespeare (unrelated to the Forest Park Shakespeare), Stray Dog Theatre, Union Avenue Opera, Upstream Theater, West End Players Guild, and Circus Flora, giving St. Louis a vital, multi-dimensional theater scene.