Muny Announces Blockbuster 2020 Season
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), November 9, 2019 - After a remarkable inaugural season of its Second Century, which welcomed more than 350,000 theatregoers, The Muny has announced its blockbuster seven show lineup for its 102nd Season.
Ushering in the second season of The Muny's Second Century is Kander and Ebb's six-time Tony Award-winning Chicago (June 15 - 21). Flying from the Windy City to Cherry Tree Lane, the season continues with the Tony, Olivier and Drama Desk Award-winning family favorite, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins (June 24 - July 2). Continuing the blockbuster season, two Muny premieres: Stephen Sondheim's musical masterpiece Sweeney Todd (July 6 - 12) and Broadway's longest running musical revue, Smokey Joe's Cafe (July 14 - 20), set in St. Louis' historic Gaslight Square. From Gaslight Square to the hills of Forest Park, The Sound of Music (July 23 - 29) makes its high-spirited return after a decade. Next, audiences will head to Miami for the Midwestern regional premiere of the international sensation On Your Feet! (August 1 - 7). Closing out the epic season is the Golden Age Muny favorite, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (August 10 - 16).
"Our 2020 season continues the tradition of 'something for everyone' in St. Louis," said Muny Artistic Director and Executive Producer, Mike Isaacson. "These shows offer incredible variety, beauty, fun and drama, and we'll create with the fullness and power of our amazing new stage."
"After kicking off our Second Century with an 'only at The Muny' moment-filled 101st season, St. Louis has chosen a blockbuster lineup for 102," said Muny President and CEO, Denny Reagan. "We expect this season to have a broad appeal with a mix of titles tailored specifically to what Muny-goers voted to see."
New subscriptions will go on sale in March 9, 2020 and single tickets will be available beginning May 11, 2020.
Muny gift cards for the 102nd season are now available online and at The Muny Box Office. For more information, visit muny.org or call (314) 361-1900.
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.
The audience enjoyed opening night for The Muny's 101st season with an engagine performance of "Guys and Dolls" on the new stage featuring a majestic Art Deco design, new light bridge and surrounding structures.
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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