Missouri - Music and Performing Arts

Missouri - Music and Performing Arts


Lyceum Theatre (Arrow Rock)
Celebrating its 45th year, the Lyceum Theatre may look like a little white church on the outside, but it's filled with music and entertainment on the inside. Missouri's oldest professional regional theatre is a National Historic Landmark, in the small town of Arrow Rock. Catch shows from Shakespeare to Rogers and Hammerstein at this year-round playhouse.

Route 66 Drive-In (Carthage)
Drive down to Carthage to see this original Route 66 hotspot. Originally opened in the post-war boom in 1949, the drive-in lost its luster in the 1970s. Reopened in 1997, the screen now shows double features every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from April through September.

Orpheum Theatre (Hannibal)
Now home to the Hannibal Performing Arts Center, this grand theatre was built in 1922. After exchanging many hands, the theatre reopened after renovation and hosted its first production season this year. See the Web site for information about shows, tours and other events taking place.

The Showboat Theatre (Hermann)
Enjoy an entertaining show after a day of fine wines and dining in Hermann. The Showboat offers a variety of productions, including Christmas shows.

Kansas City Ballet (Kansas City)
Since 1957, this 25-member ensemble has performed three seasons per year, along with the perennial favorite, The Nutcracker. Sit back and enjoy the mixture of music, combined with beautiful sets and characters. It's the perfect way to entertain the tiny ballerina in your family.

American Jazz Museum (Kansas City)
Groove to the sounds of the historic 18th and Vine District and visit the American Jazz Museum. Look at rare jazz memorabilia; sit in the Blue Room, a working jazz club; or mix your own sounds in a recording studio. Special events at the Gem Theatre and Blue Room add a twist to this harmonious museum.

Lyric Opera of Kansas City (Kansas City)
Take in a show in a historic Kansas City theater and witness a forgotten art. The Lyric Opera has four shows a season, varying from America operas, to foreign operas in their original languages. Since 1958, this group has been teaching young performers, stagehands and technicians the art of the opera.

Starlight Theater (Kansas City)
This outdoor theatre is in its 55th season, bringing a variety of touring Broadway shows and musical acts to Kansas City's beautiful Swope Park. Families can enjoy shows under the stars during the summer months.

18th & Vine District (Kansas City)
Take a trip to this historic area of Kansas City's golden age, celebrating the heritage and art of African Americans. Once the heart of Kansas City culture, this area features the American Jazz Museum, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and the gorgeous Gem Theatre.

Barco Drive-In (Lamar)
In its 55th season, the Barco Drive-In now parks twice as many cars than it did when it opened in 1951. Catch a major motion picture on this single screen every weekend in April through October.

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