Saint Louis is the host to the “nation’s oldest and largest outdoor musical theatre” according to The St. Louis Muny’s website. The idea of The Muny was formed back in 1917 by a group of St. Louisans primarily made up of Mayor Henry Kiel, attorney Guy Golterman and the Parks Commissioner Nelson Cunliff. It took approximately forty-nine days to create the outdoor theatre. The first performance was Aida. By 1919, the theatre was called the St. Louis Municipal Theatre or “The Muny” for short. Robin Hoodwas the first performance under the new name. Mayor Kiel was recruited to play King Richard. For many years after, musical concerts took the stage with top named performers. The Muny quit offering concerts in 1991.
The Muny’s season, which only operates in the summer time, (mid-June to mid August) consists of about seven musicals. Shows run from Sunday to Monday. The facility seats 11,000 ticketed seats with an additional 1500 free seats in the rear of the amphitheater.
The Muny has featured top name celebrities from theater, television and film. One can find a list of actors on the The Muny website. Going to The Muny is a sacred pasttime for St. Louisans. There are some avid fans with season tickets and plan their whole summers around The Muny’s schedule. It would be a hard task to find a St. Louis native who has not visited this grand amphitheater at least once in their life. It is truly one of St. Louis’ gems.
Here is the 2018 Season:
Jerome Robbins Broadway • June 11 – 27
The Wiz • June 19 – 25
Singin' in the Rain • June 27 – July 3
Jersey Boys • July 9 – 16
Annie • July 18 – 25
Gypsy • July 27 – August 2
Clifton Heights Inn is a very short distance from The Muny in Forest Park. This makes our location perfect for a weekend get-a-way and night out under the stars. If you are planning a trip this summer to St. Louis, book your room with us and we will do our best to get you seats at the show of your choice. Happy summer!!