Forest Park in St. Louis, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
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, Music • Entertainment • Parks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical year for this entry is 1919.
Location. 38° 38.463′ N, 90° 16.854′ W. Marker is in Forest Park in St. Louis, Missouri. 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. There is a duplicate marker 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 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); How Do We Divide Our Land? (approx. ¼ mile away); How Should People Gain Access to Their Park? (approx. ¼ mile away); The Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center (approx. ¼ mile away); How Will We Open Our City to the World? (approx. ¼ mile away); Are Trees and Lawns Enough? (approx. ¼ mile away); The Original Lindell Pavilion (approx. ¼ mile away); A Fair Legacy: The Zoo (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Forest Park.
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).
Regarding The Muny. 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.
In 2018, the Muny celebrated its 100th season year-round,
Also see . . .
1. The Muny's Official website. (Submitted on October 17, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.)
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. (Submitted on October 17, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 1, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 17, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 70 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 17, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.