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BWW Reviews: Family Fun at The MUNY with BEAUTY AND THE BEASTBWW Reviews: Family Fun at The MUNY with BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
by Chris Gibson - July 30, 2015

Each year The MUNY makes it a point to present a full-blown musical that's aimed at the younger set. This year it's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, which was given the patented Disney treatment when adapted for the stage from their own 1991 animated film. So, it retains plenty of the elements that made the film so successful, while also featuring some additional songs by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, some of which were cut from the movie. There's no denying the appeal of this material, and it's a perfect way to introduce kids to the wonders of live theatre in such a lovely setting, and on such a grand scale. (more...)
Kate Rockwell & Nicholas Rodriguez Star in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, Beginning Tonight at the MunyKate Rockwell & Nicholas Rodriguez Star in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, Beginning Tonight at the Muny
by BWW News Desk - July 29, 2015

The Muny's production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast begins tonight, July 29, and runs through August 7, 2015. With music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, and book by Linda Woolverton, this beloved family classic is directed by Matt Lenz, choreographed by Vince Pesce and music directed by Ben Whiteley. (more...)
BWW Reviews: The MUNY's Awesome INTO THE WOODS at Forest ParkBWW Reviews: The MUNY's Awesome INTO THE WOODS at Forest Park
by Chris Gibson - July 22, 2015

I purposely avoided the recent film version of INTO THE WOODS because I really didn't find the previews or the stunt casting appropriate. For me, it's a work that requires an audience to use their imagination to a great extent, and movies tend to give form to those things that are much better left conjured up in your own mind. That's why my son and I absolutely loved The MUNY's current presentation of the show. Let's face it, a woodland setting created utilizing green screen technology and a few key set pieces is nowhere near as effective at conveying the atmosphere desired, especially when you already have those actual elements growing freely at the back of this marvelous outdoor stage. Stephen Sondheim (music and lyrics) and James Lapine (book) crafted a brilliant mash-up of several fairy tales and fables that is smart, funny, and, ultimately, touching. When I asked my boy what he thought of the show at the end of the night he neatly summed it up: "I thought it was awesome!" I agree wholeheartedly. Superbly cast and conceived, this is a production that's simply tailor made for The MUNY. Go see it, and take your kids with you! It may have a few moments that are a bit gruesome or adult in content, but they'll have a wonderful time, and so will you! (more...)
BWW TV: Watch Highlights of INTO THE WOODS at The Muny - Heather Headley, Erin Dilly, Rob McClure and More!BWW TV: Watch Highlights of INTO THE WOODS at The Muny - Heather Headley, Erin Dilly, Rob McClure and More!
by BroadwayWorld TV - July 22, 2015

Stephen Sondheim (music and lyrics) and James Lapine's (book) INTO THE WOODS opened July 21, at the Muny, and is playing through July 27 in Forest Park. The production is directed by Gary Griffin, choreographed by Chris Bailey and music directed by Brad Haak. Check out a first look at the cast in action on opening night below! The cast includes Heather Headley (Witch), Erin Dilly (Baker's Wife), Rob McClure (Baker), Ken Page (Narrator), Andrew Samonsky (Cinderella's Prince/Wolf), Elena Shaddow (Cinderella) and Ryan Silverman (Rapunzel's Prince), will be Jason Gotay (Jack), Ellen Harvey (Cinderella's Stepmother), Sara Kapner (Little Red Ridinghood), Samantha Massell (Rapunzel), Michael McCormick (Mysterious Man/Cinderella's Father) and Zoe Vonder Haar (Jack's Mother). Rounding out this incredible cast are Anna Blair (Granny/Cinderella's Stepmother), Jennifer Diamond (Florinda), Gary Glasgow (Steward), Maggie Lakis (Milky White) and April Strelinger (Lucinda). (more...)
Photo Flash: First Look at Heather Headley, Erin Dilly, Rob McClure and More in INTO THE WOODS at The MunyPhoto Flash: First Look at Heather Headley, Erin Dilly, Rob McClure and More in INTO THE WOODS at The Muny
by BWW News Desk - July 22, 2015

Stephen Sondheim (music and lyrics) and James Lapine's (book) INTO THE WOODS opened July 21, at the Muny, and is playing through July 27 in Forest Park. The production is directed by Gary Griffin, choreographed by Chris Bailey and music directed by Brad Haak. Check out a first look at the cast in action on opening night below! (more...)
Photo Exclusive! Amazing Backstage Pics of The Muny's INTO THE WOODSPhoto Exclusive! Amazing Backstage Pics of The Muny's INTO THE WOODS
by BWW News Desk - July 22, 2015

Stephen Sondheim (music and lyrics) and James Lapine's (book) INTO THE WOODS begins tonight, July 21, at the Muny, playing through July 27 in Forest Park. The production is directed by Gary Griffin, choreographed by Chris Bailey and music directed by Brad Haak.  Check out an exclusive look at some backstage shots below! (more...)
Heather Headley Leads Starry Cast of INTO THE WOODS, Beginning Tonight at The MunyHeather Headley Leads Starry Cast of INTO THE WOODS, Beginning Tonight at The Muny
by BWW News Desk - July 21, 2015

Stephen Sondheim (music and lyrics) and James Lapine's (book) INTO THE WOODS begins tonight, July 21, at the Muny, playing through July 27 in Forest Park. The production is directed by Gary Griffin, choreographed by Chris Bailey and music directed by Brad Haak. (more...)
Photo Flash: Inside The Muny's BUDDY: THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY Opening Night Cast PartyPhoto Flash: Inside The Muny's BUDDY: THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY Opening Night Cast Party
by BWW News Desk - July 15, 2015

The Muny presents Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story through July 20 at Forest Park. Written by Alan Janes, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story is directed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge, choreographed byJosh Walden and music directed by Michael Horsley. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you a look inside the opening night cast party! (more...)
Photo Flash: First Look at Andy Christopher & More in BUDDY: THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY at The MunyPhoto Flash: First Look at Andy Christopher & More in BUDDY: THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY at The Muny
by BWW News Desk - July 14, 2015

The Muny presents Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, beginning tonight, July 13, and running through July 20 at Forest Park. Written by Alan Janes, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story is directed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge, choreographed by Josh Walden and music directed by Michael Horsley. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you a first look at the production! (more...)
Andy Christopher Leads BUDDY: THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY, Beginning Tonight at The MunyAndy Christopher Leads BUDDY: THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY, Beginning Tonight at The Muny
by BWW News Desk - July 13, 2015

The Muny presents Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, beginning tonight, July 13, and running through July 20 at Forest Park. Written by Alan Janes, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story is directed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge, choreographed by Josh Walden and music directed by Michael Horsley. (more...)
Photo Flash: Inside The Muny's HOLIDAY INN Opening Night Cast Party!Photo Flash: Inside The Muny's HOLIDAY INN Opening Night Cast Party!
by BWW News Desk - July 8, 2015

The Muny's summer production of Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn recently kicked off on July 6, where it will run through through July 12, 2015 - below, BroadwayWorld brings you a look inside the opening night cast party! (more...)
Photo Flash: First Look at Patti Murin, Colin Donnell, Nancy Opel & More in HOLIDAY INN at The MunyPhoto Flash: First Look at Patti Murin, Colin Donnell, Nancy Opel & More in HOLIDAY INN at The Muny
by BWW News Desk - July 8, 2015

The Muny presents Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn through July 12, 2015 - and BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action! (more...)
BWW Reviews: Lively and Fun HOLIDAY INN at The MunyBWW Reviews: Lively and Fun HOLIDAY INN at The Muny
by Chris Gibson - July 7, 2015

I remember as a kid always getting the movie HOLIDAYINN confused with the movie White Christmas, usually because they played them back to back, and of course, both feature the tuneful music of Irving Berlin, as well as a splendid performance by Bing Crosby. A few years back, when I first started reviewing theatre I covered The MUNY's early production of the stage version of White Christmas, and here I am years later taking in only the second presentation of HOLIDAYINN. I think this is a terrific show filled with eye-popping choreography, big splashy numbers, and enough romantic entanglements to please any fan of the original film. If you're looking for a perfect example of how an old wartime flick can be transformed into a lively and fun stage musical, then look no further, the MUNY has you covered with their highly enjoyable production of Holiday Inn. (more...)
Broadway Stars Arrive for Their Stay at The Muny's HOLIDAY INN TonightBroadway Stars Arrive for Their Stay at The Muny's HOLIDAY INN Tonight
by BWW News Desk - July 6, 2015

The Muny presents Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn, beginning tonight, July 6, and running through July 12, 2015. (more...)
BWW Blog: Patti Murin of The Muny's HOLIDAY INN - Making It Work At WorkBWW Blog: Patti Murin of The Muny's HOLIDAY INN - Making It Work At Work
by Guest Blogger: Patti Murin - June 29, 2015

Greetings from St. Louis, MO, home of the incredible theatrical and cultural institution, the MUNY, and my in-laws, the Donnells!  (more...)
BWW TV: Bryan Batt on Heading to The MUNY in HAIRSPRAY, His Broadway Career & MoreBWW TV: Bryan Batt on Heading to The MUNY in HAIRSPRAY, His Broadway Career & More
by BroadwayWorld TV - June 24, 2015

The Muny is currently presenting Hairspray, winner of the 2003 Tony® Award for Best Musical, featuring music by Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman with a book by Mark O'Donnell & Thomas Meehan. The Muny's production of Hairspray is directed and choreographed by Dan Knechtges and music directed by Charlie Alterman. Starring as Edna Turnblad is stage and screen vet Bryan Batt, who recently sat down the executive producer and artistic director Mike Isaacson and opened up about his career and taking on the role - check out the interview below! (more...)
BWW TV: Welcome to The Muny! Check Out Highlights from the Starry Summer Production of HAIRSPRAYBWW TV: Welcome to The Muny! Check Out Highlights from the Starry Summer Production of HAIRSPRAY
by BroadwayWorld TV - June 24, 2015

The Muny is currently presenting Hairspray, winner of the 2003 Tony® Award for Best Musical, featuring music by Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman with a book by Mark O'Donnell & Thomas Meehan. The Muny's production of Hairspray is directed and choreographed by Dan Knechtges and music directed by Charlie Alterman. Check out a first look at the cast of the starry summer production below! (more...)
Photo Flash: First Look at Ryann Redmond, Bryan Batt & More in HAIRSPRAY at The Muny!Photo Flash: First Look at Ryann Redmond, Bryan Batt & More in HAIRSPRAY at The Muny!
by BWW News Desk - June 24, 2015

The Muny presents Hairspray, winner of the 2003 Tony® Award for Best Musical, featuring music by Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittmanwith a book by Mark O'Donnell & Thomas Meehan. The Muny's production of Hairspray is directed and choreographed by Dan Knechtges and music directed by Charlie Alterman. Check out a first look at the production below! (more...)
Ryann Redmond, Bryan Batt and More Star in HAIRSPRAY, Beginning Tonight at The MunyRyann Redmond, Bryan Batt and More Star in HAIRSPRAY, Beginning Tonight at The Muny
by BWW News Desk - June 23, 2015

The Muny presents Hairspray, winner of the 2003 Tony Award for Best Musical, featuring music by Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman with a book by Mark O'Donnell & Thomas Meehan. The Muny's production of Hairspray is directed and choreographed by Dan Knechtges and music directed by Charlie Alterman. (more...)
BWW TV: Watch Highlights of Alexandra Silber & More in MY FAIR LADY at the Muny!BWW TV: Watch Highlights of Alexandra Silber & More in MY FAIR LADY at the Muny!
by BroadwayWorld TV - June 16, 2015

My Fair Lady opened last night, June 15 where it will run through June 21 as the opening production of The Muny's 97th summer season. Check out highlights below! (more...)
Photo Flash: First Look at Alexandra Silber, Anthony Andrews & More in MY FAIR LADY at The MunyPhoto Flash: First Look at Alexandra Silber, Anthony Andrews & More in MY FAIR LADY at The Muny
by BWW News Desk - June 16, 2015

My Fair Lady opened last night, June 15 where it will throughJune 21 as the opening production of The Muny's 97th summer season. Check out a first look below! (more...)
Kate Rockwell & Nicholas Rodriguez to Star in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at the MunyKate Rockwell & Nicholas Rodriguez to Star in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at the Muny
by BWW News Desk - June 2, 2015

The Muny announced today the cast for its production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast (July 29 - August 7). With music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, and book by Linda Woolverton, this beloved family classic is directed by Matt Lenz, choreographed by Vince Pesce and music directed by Ben Whiteley. (more...)
Nancy Opel, Noah Racey & More Join Cast of HOLIDAY INN at The MunyNancy Opel, Noah Racey & More Join Cast of HOLIDAY INN at The Muny
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2015

The Muny announced today the complete cast for its production of Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn. Based on the 1942 film, Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn features music and lyrics by Irving Berlin with a book by Gordon Greenberg and Chad Hodge. Greenberg will direct the Muny production with choreography by Denis Jones. Musical direction is by James Moore, vocal and dance arrangements are by Sam Davis with additional arrangements by Bruce Pomahac, and orchestrations by Larry Blank. The Muny's production of Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn is its second production worldwide. (more...)
BWW Exclusive: Alexandra Silber and Anthony Andrews to 'Dance All Night' in MY FAIR LADY at The MunyBWW Exclusive: Alexandra Silber and Anthony Andrews to 'Dance All Night' in MY FAIR LADY at The Muny
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2015

BroadwayWorld is ecstatic to report that The Muny in St. Louis will welcome Alexandra Silber and Anthony Andrews to the stage in its summer production of MY FAIR LADY, running June 15-21, 2015. (more...)
BWW TV: First Look at Beth Leavel, John O'Hurley, Rob McClure and More in Highlights of The Muny's HELLO, DOLLY!BWW TV: First Look at Beth Leavel, John O'Hurley, Rob McClure and More in Highlights of The Muny's HELLO, DOLLY!
by BroadwayWorld TV - August 12, 2014

The Muny presents the seventh and final show of its 96th season, Hello, Dolly!, directed by Rob Ruggiero, choreographed by Ralph Perkins, with music direction byJames Moore. The show runs through August 17, 2014. Check out a first look below! (more...)

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