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Excited about tonight!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

I'm excited because I'm going to the Muny tonight to see Les Miserables with son#1 and a friend. Hopefully the new fans will help cool off the warm weather. My parents used to take the family to the Muny when I was little and we used to sit in the free seats.

I googled the Muny an found some interesting stuff on it. Thought I'd share this......

History of The Muny

In 1914, Luther Ely Smith began staging pageant-Masques on Art Hill in Forest Park. In 1916, a grassy area between two oak trees on the present site of The Muny was chosen for a production of As You Like It produced by Margaret Anglin and starring Sydney Greenstreet with a local cast of "1,000 St. Louis folk dancers and folk singers."

Soon after, the Convention Board of the St. Louis Advertising Club was looking for an entertainment feature for its thirteenth annual convention, which was to take place June 3, 1917. Mayor Henry Kiel, attorney Guy Golterman, and Parks Commissioner Nelson Cunliff stepped in and, in forty-nine days (not counting seven lost to rain), created the first municipally owned outdoor theatre in the United States. On June 5, 1917, the opera Aida was presented on what would become the Muny stage.

In 1919, the new theatre received a name: The Municipal Opera Association of St. Louis, or "The Muny" for short. The first show under the Muny banner was Robin Hood, which opened on June 16, 1919, and featured Mayor Kiel as King Richard.

In 1914, Luther Ely Smith began staging pageant-Masques on Art Hill in Forest Park.[4] In 1916, a grassy area between two oak trees on the present site of The Muny was chosen for a production of As You Like It produced by Margaret Anglin and starring Sydney Greenstreet with a local cast of "1,000 St. Louis folk dancers and folk singers."

Soon after, the Convention Board of the St. Louis Advertising Club was looking for an entertainment feature for its thirteenth annual convention, which was to take place June 3, 1917. Mayor Henry Kiel, attorney Guy Golterman, and Parks Commissioner Nelson Cunliff stepped in and, in forty-nine days (not counting seven lost to rain), created the first municipally owned outdoor theatre in the United States. On June 5, 1917, the opera Aida was presented on what would become the Muny stage.

In 1919, the new theatre received a name: The Municipal Opera Association of St. Louis, or "The Muny" for short. The first show under the Muny banner was Robin Hood, which opened on June 16, 1919, and featured Mayor Kiel as King Richard.

In 1930, the stage was equipped with a turntable for performance purposes. It was reconstructed in 1997 because of dilapidation. In 1994, The Muny's Board of Directors founded the Muny Kids, a select group of performers from the ages of 7 to 13 who would travel around St. Louis performing, and in the summer would give preview shows prior to the production. In 1998, the Muny Teens group was formed for the same purpose, featuring teen performers from the ages of 14 to 18.

The Chairman of the Board of the Muny in 2005-2006 was William H.T. Bush (younger brother of former President George H.W. Bush). The current Chairman of the Board is Richard G. Millman.

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2013 season
"Monty Python's Spamalot" June 17-23
"Shrek the Musical" June 24-June 30
"Nunsense Muny Style" July 1-7
"South Pacific" July 8-14
"Les MisÚrables" July 15-21
"Mary Poppins" July 25-August 2
"West Side Story" August 5-11

A Muny Production

The Muny produces all of its musicals (typically seven) in the season and operates only in the summer. During the winter, a full-time staff of less than twenty prepare for the approaching summer season. During the season itself, the summer staff expands to include more than 500 people in various positions. All shows are rehearsed within the course of eleven days, with a tech rehearsal being held from midnight to five o'clock on the Sunday morning before the show. Shows run from Monday to Sunday, although there have been exceptions to this, particularly in recent years where each season has had at least one production that enjoys an extended run of nine to eleven performances.

The Muny website claims it is the "nation's oldest and largest outdoor musical theatre". There are numerous amphitheatres/outdoor theatres that have a larger capacity area, however, The Muny houses the largest number of seats. There is no lawn seating inside The Muny. In addition, The Muny is the largest to host only Broadway-style musical theatre.


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