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High-profile plays by Tony Kushner and Neil Simon, an adaptation of an Oscar-winning comedy and a dance concert in tribute to a legendary pop singer are among the theater and dance offerings this fall.

The Big Muddy Dance Company

“A Christmas Carol” (Nov. 14-15; $25-$35) will add choreographic moves to the heartwarming Dickens tale that has become a holiday favorite.

Where Edison Theatre at Washington University, 6465 Forsyth Boulevard • More info

The Black Rep

Themes of economic and racial injustice are addressed in the musical “Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope” (Sept. 4-22; $15-$50). The score encompasses gospel, jazz, soul and calypso.

Where Edison Theatre at Washington University, 6465 Forsyth Boulevard • More info 314-534-3807;

Dance St. Louis

“An Evening of Ballet Stars 2” is the sequel to last year’s popular Dance St. Louis presentation (Sept. 28; $55). The program will once again feature some of the nation’s leading dancers.

Where Edison Theatre at Washington University, 6465 Forsyth Boulevard • More info

Fox Theatre

The showcase for touring musicals continues apace with the recent Tony-winning revival of “Hello, Dolly!” (Oct. 1-13; $24-$89); the musical comedy “Escape to Margaritaville” (Oct. 18-20; $29-$95), featuring original music and Jimmy Buffett earworms; the poignant “Dear Evan Hansen” (Oct. 22-Nov. 3; $39-$150), about a lie that takes on a life of its own; and the dance-percussion sensation “Stomp” (Nov. 15-17; $25-$82).

Where 527 North Grand Boulevard • More info 314-534-1111;

Insight Theatre Company

The company presents “Shakespeare in Love” (Aug. 29-Sept. 15; $20-$40), a stage adaptation of the Oscar-winning 1998 film involving the world’s most famous playwright. 

Where The Grandel, 3610 Grandel Square • More info 314-534-1111;


MADCO 2 returns to the stage with its fall concert (Oct. 19-20; prices to be announced). And the original MADCO presents a program called “Wallstories” (Nov. 8-9; $15-$30).

Where Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center, University of Missouri-St. Louis, 8001 Natural Bridge Road • More info

Metro Theater Company

The troupe staging theater for young audiences takes its production of "The Girl Who Swallowed a Cactus on the road for shows at the Missouri History Museum (Oct. 12-13) and Central Library (Nov. 9). At Metro's Grand Center home, the Grandel, it presents a "live radio theater" version of the holiday classic "It's a Wonderful Life" (Nov. 17-Dec. 15). 

Where The Grandel, 3610 Grandel Square • More info

The Midnight Company

"A Model for Matisse" (Sept. 12-21; $20) tells the story of the esteemed painter and the muse who inspired him to create one of his greatest works. Midnight artistic director Joe Hanrahan wrote the script with Barbara F. Freed, director of the 2003 documentary "A Model for Matisse." Hanrahan stars with Rachel Hanks.

Where .ZACK, 3224 Locust Street • More info 314-541-1111;

New Jewish Theatre

The season begins with Neil Simon’s semiautobiographical and critically lauded “Brighton Beach Memoirs” (Oct. 10-27; $45-$49), the first in the playwright's Eugene trilogy.

Where Wool Studio Theatre, Jewish Community Center, 2 Millstone Campus Drive • More info

New Line Theatre

Inspired by the 1990 musical comedy film starring Johnny Depp and directed by John Waters, “Cry-Baby” is a perfect fit for the satirical and high-spirited New Line approach (Sept. 26-Oct. 19; $20-$30). The troupe also staged the 1950s-set rockabilly musical in 2012.

Where The Marcelle, 3310 Samuel Shepard Drive • More info 314-534-1111;

Playhouse @ Westport Plaza

The venue specializing in spoofs and light comedies presents a selection of touring shows: “ABBAFAB: The Premiere ABBA Experience” (Sept. 19-22; $60), “December ’63: Original Jersey Boys Tribute” (Oct. 18-20; $68), “Rockin’ Chair Live!” (Oct. 25-26; $20) and “Dixie’s Tupperware Party” (Oct. 29-Nov. 24; $50-$60).

Where 635 West Port Plaza • More info 314-534-1111;

The Q Collective

"The Coming Out Play Festival" (Oct. 17-20; ticket prices to be announced) showcases new works about the process of coming out. The Q Collective produces theater that explores gender, sexuality and romance, with emphasis on work by St. Louis playwrights and composers.

Where The Monocle, 4510 Manchester Avenue • More info

Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

Programmed by new artistic director Hana S. Sharif, fall offerings include “Angels in America” (Sept. 4-Oct. 6; $20-$97.50), playwright Tony Kushner’s two-part classic that centers on the AIDS epidemic; the new comedy-drama “The Lifespan of a Fact” (Oct. 16-Nov. 10; $20-$94.50), based on a true story about a teen suicide; and the world premiere of the horror comedy “Feeding Beatrice” (Oct. 30-Nov. 17; $46-$71). And the Rep's Imaginary Theater Company will present two performances of "The Ant and the Grasshopper" (Nov. 23; $10)

Where Loretto-Hilton Center for the Performing Arts, 130 Edgar Road, Webster Groves • More info 314-968-4925;

St. Louis Actors’ Studio

“Fifty Words” (Sept. 20-Oct. 6; $30-$35) is a portrait of a married couple coming to grips with the virtues and evasions of their relationship. St. Louis native Norbert Leo Butz starred in the off-Broadway production.

Where Gaslight Theater, 358 North Boyle Avenue • More info

St. Louis Ballet

The company presents Twyla Tharp’s tribute to Ol’ Blue Eyes, “Nine Sinatra Songs” (Oct. 4-6; $25-$69).

Where Touhill Performing Arts Center, University of Missouri-St. Louis, 8001 Natural Bridge Road • More info

St. Louis Shakespeare

Hitchcock fans won’t want to miss “The 39 Steps” (Aug. 30-Sept. 7; $15-$20), a parody of his classic film in which four actors play more than 100 characters. And “The Merchant of Venice” (Nov. 1-9; $15-$20) is among the Bard’s greatest hits.

Where Tower Grove Baptist Church, 4257 Magnolia Avenue • More info


The company (also known as Slightly Askew Theatre Ensemble) presents "The Women of Lockerbie" (Nov. 6-23; prices to be announced), a fact-based drama about the aftermath of a plane crash.

Where The Chapel, 6238 Alexander Drive • More info

Shakespeare Festival St. Louis

"Love at the River's Edge" (Sept. 13-14; free but reservations recommended) is a Shakespeare in the Streets program based on Shakespeare's "As You Like It" that aims to bridge the urban-rural divide. Audience members will be physically transported, from the corner of Page and Ferguson avenues in Pagedale for Act 1, to the edge of the Mississippi River in southern Calhoun County for Act 2.

Where Page and Ferguson avenues, Pagedale • More info

Stages St. Louis

“Man of La Mancha” (Sept. 6-Oct. 6; $25-$65) takes its cues from the adventures of Don Quixote with a score that includes “The Impossible Dream,” which has become a pop standard.

Where Robert G. Reim Theatre, Kirkwood Community Center, 111 South Geyer Road, Kirkwood • More info

Stifel Theatre

The Stifel Broadway Series gets started with "A Night With Janis Joplin" (Oct. 8-9; $35-$135), a jukebox musical that explores the life and music of the fiery performer and rock legend.

Where 1400 Market Street • More info

Stray Dog Theatre

Stray Dog presents "The Who's Tommy" (Oct. 10-26; $25-$30), the rock musical based on the band's 1969 album that includes the song "Pinball Wizard." The troupe last staged "Tommy" in 2010.

Where Tower Grove Abbey, 2336 Tennessee Avenue • More info

Upstream Theater

In “The Agitators” (Sept. 27-Oct. 13; $25-$35), the focus is on social activists Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony and their friendship.

Where Kranzberg Arts Center, 501 North Grand Boulevard • More info 314-534-1111;

Variety Theatre

You'll believe a nanny can fly, with the help of an umbrella, when you see "Mary Poppins" (Oct. 18-27; $18-$50), an adaptation of Disney's 1964 musical film. Variety's productions include professional actors and a cast of differently abled children, under the direction of Tony nominee Lara Teeter.

Where Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center, University of Missouri-St. Louis, 8001 Natural Bridge Road • More info