8 Theater Events Not to Miss in July

By Katie Davis
In Culture

Whether you want to embrace outdoor shows or would rather beat the heat by heading indoors for a performance, there are plenty of plays and musicals to choose from this July in St. Louis.

The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess. Photo courtesy of The Muny.

The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess. Photo courtesy of The Muny.

The Gershwins’ “Porgy and Bess
July 7-13, The Muny
Based on the well-known opera, this Tony Award-winning Broadway production of The Gershwins‘ “Porgy and Bess” follows Bess as she attempts to escape from her scandalous past and Porgy who loves and helps her. Fans won’t want to miss out on this rendition and should plan to hear songs like “Summertime.”

La Traviata
July 11, 12, 18, 19, Union Avenue Opera
One of the most popular operas of all time, Verdi’s masterpiece about the beautiful but sickly courtesan Violetta, the young and smitten man Alfredo and their tragic love tale unfolds in this production put on by Union Avenue Opera in St. Louis. Performed in the original Italian and featuring the libretto by Francesco Maria Piave, this is an operatic production that shouldn’t be missed.

Hamlet
July 11-20, 560 Music Center
St. Louis Shakespeare puts on this performance of the legendary play about family, revenge and tragedy as Donna Northcott directs. Audience-goers will feel compassion, anger, sadness and more as they follow the life of young Hamlet, who vows to avenge his father.

The Addams Family
July 14-20, The Muny
A great pick for families, couples or really anyone, “The Addams Family” musical makes its U.S. regional and Muny premiere this July. Show-goers follow the hilarious, kooky but, for the most part, well-meaning lives of Morticia, Wednesday, Gomez and the gang. Hear tunes like “Tango de Amor” and “One Normal Night.”

Little Women
July 18-27, Clayton High School
Louisa May Alcott’s cherished story about four sisters, their mother and what all befalls their family gets retold in this original adaptation by Marian DeForest. Meg, Beth, Jo and Amy March laugh, cry and love in this heartwarming story that catches the audience’s emotions.

how to succeed in business without really trying

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Photo courtesy of STAGES.

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
July 18-Aug. 17, Robert G. Reim Theatre
Performed by STAGES, and now known for winning a Tony Award as well as a Pulitzer Prize, “How to Succeed” features catchy tunes like “Brotherhood of Man” and “I Believe in You” as it follows the story of window washer who works his way up to vice president of advertising.

Seussical the Musical
July 22-28, The Muny
Creative, fantastical and family-friendly, “Seussical™” is a playful take on the classic and much-loved characters from author Dr. Seuss, including Cat in the Hat, the people of Who-ville, Horton the elephant and more. Songs include “Amazing Mayzie” and “A Day for the Cat in the Hat.”

Funny Girl
July 24-Aug. 9, Tower Grove Abbey
Based on the true story of a Ziegfield Follies star, “Funny Girl” follows the life, career and romance of a Jewish girl from turn-of-the-century New York City who dreams of becoming a glamorous star, despite her humble background and unique personality. Don’t miss this new take on the classic musical by Stray Dog Theatre in St. Louis.

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