The St. Louis Winter Arts Guide for January

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Through Jan. 22, you can take in “St. Louis Sound” at the Missouri History Museum, a free exhibit that introduces visitors to world-renowned musical legends linked to the Lou. You can listen to a playlist of St. Louis artists on your smartphone as you explore the display. Another featured exhibit is “Coloring STL,” a chance to learn about and actually color more than 50 images of significant local structures. See mohistory.org/society/exhibits.

Attention must be paid! The Black Rep brings salesman Willy Loman’s story to the stage in Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman,” which explores the death of the classic American dream in one family’s life. See it Jan. 11-29 at Edison Theatre on the Washington University campus. For performance times and ticket prices, see theblackrep.org/season-46-lineup.

“Macbeth” was the first Shakespeare play that Giuseppe Verdi adapted for the opera stage (wait, did he say the title aloud or cautiously refer to it as “The Scottish Play?”), and now Winter Opera St. Louis will present the four-act version Jan. 20-22 at the Kirkwood Performing Arts Center. Expect some toil and troubleand enchanting music, of course. Tickets range from $20-$65; see winteroperastl.org.

Now celebrating its 25th season, New Jewish Theatre brings Neil Simon’s “Broadway Bound” to the stage Jan. 19 through Feb. 5. The third part of Simon’s acclaimed autobiographical trilogy follows Eugene and his older brother Stanley as they try to break into show business as comedy writers while coping with their parents’ breakup and eventual divorce. See the show at the Jewish Community Center’s Wool Studio Theater in the Staenberg Family Complex. For single tickets, season tickets or a Flex Pass, call 314-442-3283 or see newjewishtheatre.org/current-productions.

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She plays classical and flamenco music in a Spanish romantic style; he’s an American baritone who draws on gospel and jazz influences. St. Louis Classical Guitar presents Virginia Luque with Jubilant Sykes at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 20 at The Sheldon. Tickets range from $20 for students to $45. See thesheldon.org/events/duo-virtuosi.

What are the chances that comedians Chris Rock and Dave Chapelle would be on the same bill? If you answered 100%, pass go and pick up tickets, ranging from $76.50 to $296.50 (no one said it would be cheap!), at Ticketmaster.com before these two powerhouses come to the Enterprise Center at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 22. BTW, the show event will be a phone-free experience. 

You can see “Six” right now on Broadway — or you can head to the Fox Theatre and rock out to this hot new musical Jan. 24-Feb. 5. In the show, the six wives of Henry VIII “take the microphone to remix 500 years of historical heartbreak into a euphoric celebration of 21st century girl power!” The musical won 23 awards in the 2021/2022 Broadway season, including a Tony award for best original score. Tickets cost $29-$110. See fabulousfox.com/events/detail/six.

 The annual Orchid Show at the Missouri Botanical Garden lasts a glorious blooming month, from Jan. 28-Feb. 28, with plants on display from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Emerson Conservatory at the Jack C. Taylor Visitor Center. (Or, you can visit on Orchid Nights from 6 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 9 and 23.) The show is included with general admission, which you can learn more about at missouribotanicalgarden.org/tickets.

Welcome Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra to St. Louis at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29 at The Sheldon. Naseer Shamma — Iraqi oud virtuoso, composer, educator, musicologist and UNESCO Artist for Peace — is part of this special tour that features world premiere performances of “Middle East Meditations.” Tickets range from $46-$150, and the concert benefits Sheldon Educational Programs, which last year served more than 70,000 St. Louis-area students. See thesheldon.org/events/jlco-wynton-marsalis.

Stephen Sondheim Fans: Emmy winner and Tony nominee Liz Callaway brings her critically acclaimed show “To Steve With Love” to town at 7 p.m. Jan. 24 and 25, onstage at the Blue Strawberry, 364 North Boyle Ave. Broadway World called the performance “the most important Sondheim show right now, and … one that cannot be missed.” Tickets are $30-$40. See bluestrawberrystl.com. 

Hear a special talk at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Contemporary Art Museum on the “Great Rivers Biennial Exhibit,” on display through Feb. 12. The exhibit includes sculptures, large scale paintings, and an installation featuring video and photography selected by artists Yowshien Kuo, Yvonne Osei and Jon Young. For more information and hours, go to camstl.org.

A second Sondheim celebration: The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis pays homage to the legendary composer and lyricist with “Putting It Together,” a musical revue onstage Jan. 29-Feb.19 at the Berges Theatre at COCA. The show includes numbers from Sondheim’s “Follies,” “Sunday in the Park with George,” “Company,” “A Little Night Music,” “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” and more. Tickets cost $23-$92. See repstl.org/events/detail/putting-it-together.