The Muny to Host Community Celebration: Centennial Birthday Bash
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), March 23, 2018 - The Muny will hold a Centennial Birthday Bash - a free open house celebration on Sunday, May 20 from 1 - 5 p.m. Guests will enjoy once in a lifetime experiences that celebrate musical theatre, community and The Muny. With the goal of engaging all generations that have been a part of The Muny family, there will be exciting activities for all.
Themed activities planned for the event include: Aladdin: Camel Rides; All Shook Up: Bandstand; Birthday Cake Art Project; A Chorus Line: Headshot Mosaic; Follies: Reunion Photos; Great Circle Sensory Friendly Area; History Museum Exhibit Preview; Interactive Backstage Tours; Live Local Bands; Meet Me In St. Louis: Ferris Wheel; Mile of Muny Memories; Munchkin Land Performances; My Muny Story; No Business Like Show Business: Karaoke; Photo Keepsakes; Photo on Stage; School of Rock Academy: Instrumental Petting Zoo; Strolling Characters; Cupcakes; Food Trucks; The Melting Pot; Muny Centennial Souvenirs. The event will culminate with a grand finale inside the theatre.
"You can't turn 100 without throwing a party," said Muny President and CEO Denny Reagan. "This Birthday Bash is the perfect opportunity for us to invite the community to really celebrate the fact that their support is what has sustained this theatre for a century."
The event is free to attend. However, food items, Muny Souvenirs and some activities will be available for purchase. For more information, please visit www.muny.org/100.
"New" Meet Me In St. Louis for Muny 100
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), March 18, 2018 - Broadway director and writer Gordon Greenberg will revise the book for Meet Me In St. Louis, at The Muny, August 4 - 12. This production, the 8th in Muny history, will also include several songs new to the stage adaptation of Meet Me In St. Louis, including "Boys and Girls Like You and Me," a song written by Rodgers & Hammerstein for Oklahoma! and then recorded for, but ultimately cut, from the film of Meet Me In St. Louis. This production will also include the first stage use of "You and I," a song in the film by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed.
"In 1960, The Muny proudly produced the world stage premiere of Meet Me In St. Louis," said Muny Artistic Director and Executive Producer Mike Isaacson. "How fitting for our 100th season, we create a new edition that we hope will be more thrilling or satisfying than any before, and will become the definitive stage version."
"I'm so grateful that Gordon Greenberg has taken on this challenge," Isaacson continued. "His work on Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn brought such joy to both The Muny and Broadway audiences. I'm also grateful to the many willing partners including Ted Chapin and The Rodgers & Hammerstein organization, Sony/ATV, Sargent Aborn and Tams-Witmark and Warner Brothers who have supported us as we take a fresh look at a show that remains beloved by St. Louisans and people around the world."
"It's a huge honor to reimagine this beloved classic in celebration of The Muny's 100th," said Greenberg. "Meet Me In St. Louis is a loving homage to a simpler time, and a reminder of what is most important in life - the people who fill our homes. As we seek connection in a continually splintered world, this message is as resonant and powerful as ever. The film was sort of a balm to the nation during WWII, but they stopped showing it to soldiers overseas because it was so beautifully evocative of home and family that they would break down weeping."
The Muny's production is directed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge with choreography by Josh Walden and music direction by Charlie Alterman. Meet Me In St. Louis is proudly sponsored by Emerson.
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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