The Muny plans to rename its planned giving society in honor of St. Louis’ 32nd mayor, Muny founding father, Mayor Henry Kiel, who also served as Muny Board President from 1919-1942.
Since The Muny’s beginning, Mayor Kiel played a leading role in making the civic institution a St. Louis summer staple; even playing King Richard in the Playground Pageant’s 1918 staging of Robin Hood, held on what would later become The Muny grounds. In Mayor Kiel’s honor, The Legacy Society takes the new name The Henry Kiel Society.
“Henry Kiel’s legacy is evident with The Muny’s celebration of its centennial year in 2018. As the Muny prepares for its second century and we honor the legacy of Henry Kiel, forward-thinking Muny lovers of all ages can create their own legacy by joining The Henry Kiel Society,” said former Muny Board President, Stephen C. Jones.
“Whether or not directed for a particular purpose, planned gifts, of any amount or type, in one’s own name or in honor of another, will ensure that The Muny continues to thrive, and will help secure a bicentennial celebration in 2118.”
“As a fourth-generation Kiel, this honor is a true testament to my great-grandfather’s legacy,” said Muny Board member David M. Hollo. “His passion for The Muny lives on with the naming of this legacy society. He would have been eternally grateful.”
The Henry Kiel Society recognizes donors who include any size donation to The Muny in their will, trust or planned gift. These donors’ passion for experiencing theatre under the stars, distinguishing The Muny in the musical theatre world, generating pride for St. Louis and supporting theatre arts in our community, cannot be contained in a single generation. Members of the The Henry Kiel Society will establish a personal legacy that will help shape The Muny’s future.
Emerson’s Gift to Muny’s Second Century Campaign
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), October 27, 2018 – The Muny has announced St. Louis-based Emerson has pledged a cash contribution of $6.5 million over seven years for its Second Century Capital Campaign, continuing the technology and engineering company’s decades-long philanthropic support of the St. Louis summer staple.
This fundraising effort will help fund major capital improvements, including a complete rebuild of the Muny stage, provide for the support, maintenance and upkeep of the aging 11.5-acre campus, and grow the theater’s endowment.
“Emerson has been an annual corporate supporter of Muny productions enjoyed by thousands each summer, but the time has come to invest in its facilities and future,” said Emerson Chairman and CEO David Farr, who serves on the executive board of The Muny. “Emerson is proud to make this major contribution to an organization that’s done so much to enrich the culture and community of St. Louis.”
“Emerson’s consistent support of The Muny has been incredible and generous,” said Muny President and CEO Denny Reagan. “Historically, they were among the first of our corporate donors and have remained involved with this institution ever since. Through this gift, they continue to set the bar as a corporate leader in this community.”
In recognition of Emerson’s donation to Second Century Campaign, The Muny will name the existing artists’ building for the company. The artists’ building houses dressing rooms, the wig shop, the hair and makeup departments and wardrobe maintenance.
“We are extremely proud of, and grateful for, the talented artists that grace The Muny’s stage,” said Muny Production Manager Tracy Utzmyers. “As we continue to attract the country’s top talent, our hope is to provide them with facilities that are both efficient and comfortable. We couldn’t be more thrilled that this essential building on our campus will be named for Emerson.”
To give, or for more information regarding The Muny’s Second Century Capital Campaign, please visit muny.org/secondcentury.
Muny Steps into Second Century with Announcement of 101st Season
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), October 21, 2018 – 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. In addition, Season 101 also includes two all-time beloved Muny favorites: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella and Guys and Dolls. After 56 years, Muny audiences will see the return of Lerner and Loewe’s Paint Your Wagon, in a revised edition being developed at The Muny. Other season highlights include 80s dance-favorite Footloose, the powerful musical-telling of the signing of The Declaration of Independence, 1776, and The Muny premiere of the Tony and Olivier Award-winning Matilda.
Show order, performance schedule and audition dates will be announced later this fall. Subscription renewals will be mailed early December. New subscriptions will go on sale in March 2019, and single tickets will be available beginning May 2019.
“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.
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.
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.