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The lobby of the Stifel Theatre, shown in June 2011.
File photo | Provided | Tom Paule Photography

The Peabody Opera House has a new name.

For the next decade, the downtown St. Louis venue will be called Stifel Theatre.

Stifel Financial Corp. signed a 10-year agreement for naming rights at the 3,100-seat venue, which opened in 1934 as the Kiel Opera House.

British songwriter Benjamin Clementine says he changed his nomadic ways after a visit to the United States inspired his latest album.  6/7/18
Craig McDean

Songwriter Benjamin Clementine calls himself a nomad, and with good reason. Born in London to Ghanaian parents, he left home as a teenager to live and play music on the streets of Paris.

His low profile changed dramatically when his debut album, “At Least for Now,” earned him an international following and won the Mercury Prize in 2015 for best album of the year by a British artist. He has since moved to the United States, where his travels inspired his latest album, “I Tell a Fly,” released last year. He’s on a U.S. tour to promote his new recording, and opens for David Byrne at Peabody Opera House on Friday.

Neil deGrasse Tyson will speak at Peabody Opera House on Thursday, May 18, 2017.
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Acclaimed astrophysicist, science communicator and Twitter personality Neil deGrasse Tyson makes his way to St. Louis this Thursday to speak to a crowd at Peabody Opera House about his new book “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry.”

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It’s not clear whether the Peabody Opera House will keep its name.

That’s after Peabody Energy filed for bankruptcy last Wednesday. The St. Louis-based coal giant aims to restructure in the midst of a major downturn for the industry. In its bankruptcy filing, it listed $11 billion in assets and $10 billion in liabilities.

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump points to protesters that he tells to "get out," during his speech at the Peabody Opera House in St. Louis on March 11, 2016.
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Donald Trump brought his wild Republican presidential campaign to St. Louis on Friday, attracting waves of fans – and some loud foes.

The billionaire businessman’s speech in the Peabody Opera House came as voters are focusing on next Tuesday’s primaries in Missouri and Illinois. The contests could solidify Trump’s spot as the unlikely GOP frontrunner for president – or throw the Republican scramble for the White House into more turmoil.

Seth Meyers finds humor in presidential campaign

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Seth Meyers joined “St. Louis on the Air” host Don Marsh to discuss his work as a comedian, actor and television host, as well as his appearance Friday at the Peabody Opera House.

Meyers’ performance will include humorous puns on his personal life and political anecdotes about politicians, such as Texas governor Rick Perry.

“The more personalities in the presidential election, the easier and better it is for people like me,” Meyers joked.

Phil Martin

A Chorus Line opened on Broadway in 1975 to critical acclaim, winning nine Tony Awards.  It became the longest running Broadway production, with more than 6,000 performances, until surpassed by Cats.

A touring revival of the musical is in St. Louis, currently at the Peabody Opera House.

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The Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes is one the country’s most watched live holiday productions.

This year the Rockettes return to St. Louis to perform at the Peabody Opera House, where they were founded by Russell Markert in 1925.  Then, they were known as the Missouri Rockets.

The lobby of the Stifel Theatre, shown in June 2011.
File photo | Provided | Tom Paule Photography

On May 3, 1991, the musicians of the St. Louis Philharmonic Orchestra played the last notes of the Shostakovich Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, to bring down the curtain at the Kiel Opera House. For 20 years, the massive structure at the corner of Market and 14th Streets sat vacant, as group after group proposed unsuccessful redevelopment plans.

Tomorrow night, the curtain will rise again as Jay Leno and Aretha Franklin headline the first show on the stage of the venue now known as the Peabody Opera House.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 4, 2011 - If you're planning to go to the reopened Peabody Opera House, two parking improvements are in the works that should make things easier.

William Kuehling, a spokesman for the St. Louis treasurer's office, says one is a new elevator that will be built along the north side of an existing 1,200-or-so-space garage opening onto Clark Avenue.

The main theater at Peabody Opera House awaits its first performance in 20 years. Sept. 2011
Rachel Heidenry | St. Louis Beacon archives

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 4, 2011 - When Paul Joseph McKee III first walked through the long-shuttered Kiel Opera House several years ago, his initial reaction was disbelief.

"I couldn't believe the place was closed," said McKee, president and CEO at Paric Corp., "and I was amazed at the good shape it was in. But it needed some work."

The St. Louis performance space once known as the Kiel Opera House has been undergoing renovations since July 2010. When it reopens Oct. 1 as the Peabody Opera House, an "opening night gala" is planned, and, starting today, you can buy tickets to be there.