8 Of The Best Theater, Musical and Dance Events in June

By Katie Davis
In Culture

Theater, dance and musicals are taking place throughout the month of June in St. Louis. From comedy to drama, family-friendly theater, musicals, opera and so much more, there’s no lack of shows to go see. Read through our list here, then get your tickets!

Photo by Ken Howard for Opera Theatre of St. Louis

Photo by Ken Howard for Opera Theatre of St. Louis

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis Shows
June 4-29
Loretto-Hilton Center
OTSTL’s season is in full swing, and there are a handful of great productions taking place throughout the month. “The Elixir of Love,” is a comedic opera, originally by Donizetti, and tells the story of a crush and someone who purchases a magic love potion. “The Magic Flute,” directed, designed and re-imagined by fashion icon Isaac Mizrahi, is a whimsical and creative show based on Mozart’s original story with a good deal of twist. “Twenty-Seven,” tells the story of Gertrude Stein, and her celebrity connections in 1920s Paris. “Dialogues of the Carmelites,” is based on Poulenc’s dramatic work about the Carmelite nuns and the chaos of the French Revolution. Tickets here.

Anna Skidis in "Hands on a Hardbody" Courtesy New Line

Anna Skidis
Courtesy New Line Theatre

Hands on a Hardbody
June 5-21

Washington University South Campus Theatre
Composed by Trey Anastasio of Phish and Amanda Green of “High Fidelity,” fame, the Broadway-successful “Hands on a Hardbody,” is filled with action, Americana and a great country-rock-pop score. New Line Theatre puts on this musical in its regional debut, right as the theatre company wraps up its 23rd season. Find info and tickets online.

Love! Valour! Compassion!
June 12-28
Tower Grove Abbey
A gorgeous but slightly haunting dark comedy, “Love! Valour! Compassion!” follows eight gay men who go on a string of weekend vacations in a lake-filled area of upstate New York. Deep thoughts and provocative ideas pertaining to love, death, infidelity and more are explored in this clever and thought-provoking work performed by Stray Dog TheatreBuy tickets online.

A Prairie Home Companion
June 14

The Fox
The incredibly popular weekly radio variety show is brought to life as, “A Prairie Home Companion,” comes to The Fox with its creator Garrison Keillor. Plan to witness live skits, goofy discussions, hilarious monologues, music, a bit of improvisation and much more during this on-stage radio-like event. Tickets online here.

billy elliot the musical

Billy Elliot the Musical. Photo courtesy of The Muny.

Billy Elliot The Musical
June 16-22
The Muny
Featuring the award-winning music by Elton John and the now internationally recognized story line that so many fans love, “Billy Elliot The Musical” follows a young boy and his journey to become a  dancer, in a time and place where such a goal was far from acceptable. Find tickets online.

Disney’s Sleeping Beauty
June 18-29
Skip Viragh Center for the Arts
STAGES St. Louis performs this Disney-based production of the classic and romantic fairy tale, “Sleeping Beauty.” The production features the original and highly esteemed musical score by Tchaikovsky and takes viewers on a fantastical journey with Prince Phillip, a handful of magical fairies, Princess Aurora, an evil queen and more. Get tickets here.

Tarzan
June 25-July 2
The Muny
Based on the Disney film, and featuring the unmistakable music created by Phil Collins for the film, “Tarzan,” is full of energy, mystery, adventure and, of course, love. Follow Tarzan as he swings through the jungle, meets Jane, learns what it means to be human and saves those he cares about most. Buy tickets here.

Shakespeare Festival St. Louis 
Currently through June 15
Forest Park
The Shakespeare Festival began in 1997, and today it is recognized as an arts leader in St. Louis and has won numerous, theatrical awards. Now through June 15 you can experience the vibrant battle scenes and powerful roles in, “Henry IV,” and “Henry V.” You will find Shakespeare in Forest Park, yearly, during the summer months. But, the fun continues throughout the year. Find events and information on the Shakespeare Festival St. Louis website.

 

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