The Muny Historical Marker (2024)

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Forest Park inSt. Louis, Missouri — TheAmericanMidwest (UpperPlains)

Forest Park

Photographed By Jason Voigt, October 15, 2019

1. The Muny Marker

Inscription.
The Muny is America's oldest and largest outdoor musical theatre. Founded in 1919, our mission is to enrich lives by producing exceptional musical theatre, accessible to all. Generations have enjoyed everything from operettas and ballets to concerts and musicals. Hundreds of thousands join us every summer for the best of Broadway. And each night, nearly 1,500 guests attend The Muny—absolutely free of charge—continuing a remarkable St. Louis tradition under the stars in Forest Park.

Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicEntertainment. A significant historical year for this entry is 1919.

Location. 38°38.463′N, 90°16.854′W. Marker is in St. Louis, Missouri. It is in Forest Park. Marker is on Pagoda Circle, 0.1 miles west of Theatre Drive, on the right when traveling west. Marker is located across the street from the Muny's main entrance. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Theater Drive, Saint Louis MO 63112, United States of America. Touch for directions.

Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Original Music Pagoda (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Liberal Arts Bridge (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named The Muny (approx. 0.2 miles away);
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(approx. 0.2 miles away); How Do We Divide Our Land? (approx. ¼ mile away); How Should People Gain Access to Their Park? (approx. ¼ mile away); (approx. ¼ mile away); How Will We Open Our City to the World? (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Louis.

More about this marker. The marker features several vintage photos, such as celebrities who have performed at the Muny, including Florence Henderson, Cary Grant, Betty White, Bob Hope and W.C. Fields. Also there are pictures of past programs from over the years, and performances including "Meet Me In St. Louis" (1999) and "Hairspray" (2009).

A duplicate marker is located in the back of the building, at The Muny-Liechtenstein Plaza, which is in front of the upper parking lot. Both markers have a map of Forest Park on the back.

Regarding The Muny. In 2018, the Muny celebrated its 100th season year-round, with a special celebration on May 20.

Also see . . .
1.The Muny (official website). (Submitted on October 17, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.)

Photographed By Jason Voigt, October 15, 2019

2. The Muny Marker

Shown across the street from the Muny's main entrance


2.List of The Muny repertory. A list of every play that has been performed at The Muny from 1919 to present day. Includes trivia notes. (Submitted on October 17, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.)

3.The Muny on Wikipedia. The Muny, short for the Municipal Theatre Association of St. Louis, opened in 1917 and was built in 49 days. The Muny’s first official season was in 1919, when it got its name. It seats over 12,000 people, making it the largest outdoor theater in the United States. While the Muny claims to be the oldest and largest outdoor theater, some older ones have larger capacity but the Muny has more seating. An average of seven different plays are performed here from mid-June to mid-August. Weddings and graduation ceremonies have also taken place at The Muny. (Submitted on October 17, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.)

4.1994 commercial for The Muny. This commercial features The Muny’s jingle, which has played in commercials on regional television and radio for decades. (Submitted on June 25, 2023, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.)

J.J. Prats postcard collection, circa 1935

3. St. Luis Municipal Opera, St. Luis, Mo.

No. 5A-H1626 St. Louis Greeting Card Co., St. Luis, Mo. — Genuine Curtreich-Chicago “C. T. Art-Colortone” post card Reg. U.S. Pat. Off.) The back reads,

The St. Louis Municipal Opera, a purely civic enterprise, has earned a reputation as the outstanding institution of its kind in this country. Here are presented, during twelve weeks of summer, a series of operettas and other musical productions that are staged under the open sky, amid the natural setting of Forest Park, with leading operetta stars in the major roles. The vast outdoor Municipal Theatre, built on a gently-sloping hillside, seats 10,000, and the total attendance each season is approximately 700,000.
St. Louis, “The City of a Thousand Sights”

Credits. This page was last revised on June 25, 2023. It was originally submitted on October 17, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 1,056 times since then and 367 times this year. It was the Marker of the Week June 25, 2023. Photos: 1, 2.submitted on October 17, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. 3.submitted on June 23, 2023, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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Jul. 7, 2024

The Muny Historical Marker (2024)

FAQs

The Muny Historical Marker? ›

Marker is on Pagoda Circle, 0.1 miles west of Theatre Drive, on the right when traveling west. Marker is located across the street from the Muny's main entrance. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Theater Drive, Saint Louis MO 63112, United States of America.

Why is The Muny important? ›

What began as a grassy spot between two oak trees has grown into the nation's oldest and largest outdoor musical theatre. The Muny story, over a century in the making, is one of vision, perseverance, and commitment to culture and community.

What was the first show at The Muny? ›

In 1919, the new theatre received a name: St. Louis Municipal Opera Theatre, 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.

How old is The Muny? ›

Who is the executive director of The Muny? ›

Managing Director Kwofe Coleman named president and CEO of The Muny. Starting as an usher in 1998, Coleman advanced through posts in many areas of the theater's operations.

What is The Muny mission statement? ›

We are dedicated to enriching lives by producing exceptional musical theatre, accessible to all, continuing our remarkable tradition in Forest Park. For more than 100 years, The Muny has provided a world-class theatrical experience for hundreds of thousands of patrons each summer.

What do you wear to The Muny? ›

The Muny is a casual theatre. St. Louis summers can be quite hot, so we recommend light, loose-fitting clothing.

What is the largest outdoor theater in the United States? ›

America's oldest and largest outdoor musical theater, The Muny has presented Broadway productions with top performers every summer for more than 105 seasons. From June through August, this is an essential stop in St. Louis' Forest Park. General ticket information is available at www.muny.org.

How many people fit in The Muny? ›

What shows are in The Muny 2024? ›

The Muny's 2024 Season includes Les Misérables (June 17 – 23), Dreamgirls (June 27 – July 3), Disney's The Little Mermaid (July 8 – 16), Fiddler on the Roof (July 19 – 25), Waitress (July 30 – August 5), In the Heights (August 9 – 15) and Anything Goes (August 19 – 25).

What celebrities performed at the Muny? ›

What do Cary Grant, Carol Burnett, Sarah Jessica Parker, Florence Henderson, Leslie Uggams, Bob Hope, Rock Hudson, Betty White, Gene Kelly, Bernadette Peters, Joel Grey, Angela Lansbury, Debbie Reynolds and Joe Namath have in common? They and countless other stars have all performed at the the Muny in St.

How big is the Muny? ›

The Muny is a large, open-air amphitheater located in the heart of St. Louis. With an 11,000-seat capacity, it stands as the largest outdoor theatre in the US enduring a 100-year history from its humble beginnings as a grassy plane situated between two oak trees.

How many seats are at the St. Louis Muny? ›

Who is in The Muny in the Heights cast? ›

  • BENJI SANTIAGO. Usnavi. Born in Puerto Rico, Benji is an actor/singer/dancer based in New York City. ...
  • ARIANA BURKS. Nina. ...
  • ALEX JOSEPH GRAYSON. Benny. ...
  • ALYSIA VELEZ. Vanessa. ...
  • NANCY TICOTIN. Abuela Claudia. ...
  • MIGUEL GIL. Sonny. ...
  • MARTÍN SOLÁ Kevin. ...
  • KARMINE ALERS. Camila.

How many people does The Muny hold? ›

With nearly 11,000 seats, The Muny is the country's oldest, largest outdoor musical theatre. Click on the Muny seating chart below to explore detailed views of each section. PLEASE NOTE: Seating chart is not drawn to scale.

What is the largest outdoor theatre in the US? ›

The Muny is the oldest and largest amphitheater in North America and is in Forest Park, which is larger than Central Park in New York.

Can you take food into The Muny? ›

Bring a Picnic

You'll find tables on our grounds, where you can enjoy a basket of your favorite snacks and beverages. Outside food and soft-sided coolers are OK, but some items can't be brought into the theatre.

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