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Muny Steps into Second Century with 101st Season Lineup
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), April 20, 2019 - After an astonishingly epic centennial season which welcomed more than 400,000 theatregoers, The Muny has announced its dazzling, seven-show line-up for its 101st season.
The Muny will be the first theatre in the U.S. to produce the Tony, Olivier and Grammy Award-winning Best Musical Kinky Boots (June 19 - 25). In addition, Season 101 also includes two all-time beloved Muny favorites: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella (July 8 - 16) and Guys and Dolls (June 10 - 16) After 56 years, Muny audiences will see the return of Lerner and Loewe's Paint Your Wagon (July 27 - August 2), in a revised edition being developed at The Muny. Other season highlights include 80s dance-favorite Footloose (July 18 - 24), the powerful musical-telling of the signing of The Declaration of Independence, 1776 (June 27 - July 3), and The Muny premiere of the Tony and Olivier Award-winning Matilda (August 5 - 11).
Season tickets are currently on sale. Single tickets will be available beginning May 6. Muny gift cards for the 101st season are now available online and at The Muny Box Office. For more information, visit muny.org or call (314) 361-1900.
"This is a thrilling, eclectic line-up that I believe will take the Muny audience on another great summer adventure," said Muny Artistic Director and Executive Producer Mike Isaacson. "It's a new century, and a new stage, and here we go. Gulp!"
"As the first season of our second century, this line-up is both ambitious and nostalgic," said Muny President and CEO Denny Reagan. "On our brand new stage, the 2019 season promises the thrills and unforgettable Muny magic that have defined our theatre for over a century."
World Wide Technology (WWT) and The Steward Family Foundation became the first overall season sponsor in the history of The Muny in 2014. They are committed to continuing in this role with their leadership gift as The Muny's 2019 Season Presenting Sponsor.
"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 101st 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 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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