The Muny Rolls Out New Shows Celebrating 100th Season
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com) - The Muny is planning an epic seven-show 100th season in Forest Park for 2018. Befitting this historic year of 2018, The Muny will be the first theatre in the U.S. to produce two Tony award-winning Best Musicals: Jersey Boys and Jerome Robbins' Broadway. The exhilarating season also includes two great family classics: an all-time Muny family favorite, Annie, and, in its first production in 36 years, The Wiz. Joining these four shows will be two great American musical classics: Gypsy and Singin' in the Rain. And finally, in its long-awaited return to the Muny stage after nine years, a show dear to the hearts of so many St. Louisans, Meet Me In St. Louis.
"This is an incredible moment in our history to celebrate a 100th season, and I think these titles are a great nod to our history and future," said Muny President and CEO Denny Reagan. "I'm excited to share with our audiences the memories and thrills these shows will bring next summer."
"We wanted to go big for the 100th, and this season is really big," said Muny Artistic Director and Executive Producer Mike Isaacson. "It promises so many great nights of beauty, power, joy and passion. These seven shows celebrate The Muny's august past and point us toward our incredible future. Here we go!"
World Wide Technology (WWT) and The Steward Family Foundation have once again made a leadership gift to continue as the Muny's 2018 Season Presenting Sponsor. They became the first overall season sponsor in the history of The Muny in 2014 and continue that role through 2018.
"Both WWT and The Steward Family Foundation are committed to The Muny and to making exceptional musical theatre, accessible to everyone," said David Steward, Chairman and Founder of WWT. "This year's season promises to be spectacular and will showcase how much the performing arts enrich our community."
Muny gift cards for the 100th season are now available online and at The Muny Box Office. For more information, visit muny.org or call (314) 361-1900.
Clearer, safer parking and new landscaping welcomes visitors to the Upper Muny parking lot in Forest Park.
The Muny began in 1916 in Forest Park with a tribute to William Shakespeare. As You Like It, produced by Shakespearean actress Margaret Walsh Anglin featured over 200 St. Louisians playing a variety of roles on a gently sloping hill.
Colorful flags spotlight productions for the 2015 Season of The Muny in Forest Park.
In 1917, concrete was poured for the production of Aida by Guy Golterman of the St. Louis Grand Opera Committee. The success of that event prompted St. Louis Mayor Henry Kiel to formally establish the Municipal Theatre Association of St. Louis in 1919.
From the beginning, The Muny set aside 1,456 free seats at the back of the theatre in order for the shows to be affordable to all. During its history, The Muny has produced and presented grand operas, concerts, operettas and ballet troupes.
The Muny is located on Theatre Drive, just north of the Jewel Box. In front of the entrance to The Muny, patrons and visitors to the park can enjoy the serene beauty of The Pagoda which is surrounded by water.
In 1998, The Muny completed the renovation of the stage area and backstage area as part of it Capital Improvement Campaign. Over $3 million was spent on new concession stands and doubling the number of womens bathrooms. In 2000, nearly 12,000 seats were replaced at the outdoor amphitheatre and the parking lots were resurfaced. A plaza was added east of the entrance. The area surrounding the Pagoda and the entrance was landscaped with plants, antique lights, sidewalks and bridges featuring decorative columns.
The tradition of The Muny continues with Broadway musicals from mid-June through mid-August in Forest Park.
For more information, call 314-361-1900.
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