Miriam Makeba: Mama Africa the MusicalNiyi Coker, the E. Desmond Lee Professor of African/African-American Theatre and Cinema at UMSL, wrote and directed “Miriam Makeba: Mama Africa the Musical,” which premiered at the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center.


The Fabulous Fox Theatre — Focuses on presenting classic and contemporary Broadway musicals. The 2017 schedule includes: An American in Paris, Something Rotten, Cabaret, Motown-The Musical, The Lion King, Rent, Mamma Mia!,  The Bodyguard--The Musical, On Your Feet!—The Emilio and Gloria Estefan Musical, The King and I, A Christmas Carol, and Cinderella.  Hamilton—An American Musical is booked for April 2018.

The Muny — The Muny, which has been presenting performances during the Summer for more than 100 years at their 4,500 seat theatre outdoors in Forest Park (including 1,500 free seats for each performance), focuses on classic and contemporary Broadway musicals. The 2017 schedule includes:  Newsies, All Shook Up, Jesus Christ Superstar, A Chorus Line, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, The Little Mermaid, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

The Shakespeare Festival St. Louis — Presents free performances of a Shakespeare play each Summer at their outdoor stage in Forest Park. The 2017 production is: The Winter’s Tale.

The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis — Focuses on dramatic plays which are presented in either their 763 seat theatre or their smaller 125-seat theatre. The 2017-2018 season includes: The Curious Incident of the Dog In The Night-time, Hamlet, Miss Bennet: Christmas At Pemberley, The Nutcracker, The Marvelous Wonderettes, The Humans, and Born Yesterday.

The Black Rep — The Black Rep is the largest, professional African American theatre company in the U.S. and presents dramas, comedies and musicals most of which are by African American and third world playwrights.

Stages St. Louis — Focuses on musical theatre and presents most productions at their 400 seat theatre. Their June-October 2017 schedule includes: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Seussical, 9 to 5 The Musical, and South Pacific. 

Playhouse At Westport Plaza — The Summer 2017 schedule includes Church Basement Ladies.