In celebration of The Muny’s 100th season, Forest Park’s acclaimed outdoor theater is hosting a Centennial Gala and one-night-only showing of “An Evening With the Stars” Friday, May 18, as well as a Birthday Bash Sunday, May 20.
Although the Centennial Gala is sold out, it culminates at 9:15 p.m. with “An Evening With the Stars,” a 90-minute revue of the history of musical theater on The Muny stage. Featuring a cast of 100 stars, past and present, the show allows the gala guests and community to share the celebration together in a singular experience.
“The Muny centennial is a community accomplishment,” says Marketing and Communications Director Kwofe Coleman. “The theater belongs to the people of St. Louis and is something we should share together. We’ve got singers and dancers; Muny kids and teens. It’s a combination of stars from Broadway and across the country, as well as some of our beloved local folks like Ken Page and Lara Teeter.”
This special performance, which is ticketed like all Muny shows, has been in the works for several months and features some exciting announcements about the future of The Muny. “We recommend everyone stay till the end because the finale, in true Muny fashion, will be grand,” Coleman says.
“This is our chance to celebrate with the city who makes us who we are,” says Production Manager Tracy Utzmyers. “There’s enough to do to keep you interested the whole day, but if you can only stay an hour or two, it’s still a really fun day.”
Highlights include live music in two separate areas all day, karaoke, camel rides, a petting zoo and backstage tours featuring demonstrations of what it takes to put on a show, wig and costume displays, and more. There will also be about 20 food trucks, as well as a Ferris wheel that allows you to see down into The Muny while at the top, along with many great places for photo opportunities.
“All around campus, we’ll have cars that have been in shows, and our 100-year float will be on display, so those are great to take pictures with,” Utzmyers says. “We’re going to make a photo mosaic of people who attend. If you take a selfie and use our hashtag #Muny100, it’ll become part of a photo mosaic of our logo — your face will make our face.”
Reunion group photos will also be taken throughout the day. “If you’ve ever worked here, we’d love to get a picture of you all together,” she says, adding that includes ushers and performers as well as backstage and concession workers. A schedule for each group is available on-site and at muny.org/centennial-birthday-bash/.
Want a chance to win season tickets? Simply find one of the strolling characters dressed like it’s 1919 and answer a trivia question correctly to be entered in a drawing to win.
When the Birthday Bash concludes at 5 p.m., everyone is invited into the theater. “We’re going to take a picture for a time capsule, sing our jingle ‘Meet Me at The Muny’ all together and record it for fun,” Utzmyers says. “It should be awesome.”
For more information and tickets to “An Evening With the Stars,” visit themuny.org/100 or call 314-534-1111. M