2015_1112 Forecast for Muny's 2016 Season

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2015_1112 Forecast for Muny's 2016 Season - BY JUDITH NEWMARK s t. Louis Post- ispatch A...
BY JUDITH NEWMARK s t. Louis Post- ispatch A season of “big, lush, robust” shows is heading for the Muny — a season that includes two titles that are brand-new to the outdoor theater in Forest Park. The seven 2016 shows are: “The Wizard of Oz” (June 13-22) “42nd Street” (June 24-30) “The Music Man” (July 5-11) “Young Frankenstein” (July 13-19) “Mamma Mia!” (July 21-28) “Fiddler on the Roof” (July 30-Aug. 5) “Aida” (Aug. 8-14) Mike Isaacson, the Muny’s artistic director and executive producer, announced the 2016 season on Wednesday night, at the first Muny Magic show at the Sheldon Concert Hall. Tony-winning artist Beth Leavel, a Muny veteran, performed her cabaret act at the Sheldon; the show will be reprised on Thursday night. “Young Frankenstein,” Mel Brooks’ Transylvanian musical comedy, and “Mamma Mia!,” the perennially popular ABBA show, make their Muny debuts. “Aida” is not the grand opera but the hit Broadway adaptation by Elton John and Tim Rice. “The Wizard of Oz,” a longtime Muny favorite, hasn’t played there in a decade. Isaacson announced John Tartaglia, who directed the Muny’s “Tarzan” in 2014 and “Shrek the Musical” in 2013, will return to direct “Oz.” The other three productions — “42nd Street,” Meredith Willson’s all-American “The Music Man” and Jerome Robbins’ groundbreaking “Fiddler on the Roof” — are classics of the Muny and musical theater. “These seven big, lush, robust shows come at you with incredible energy,” Isaacson said. “And stylistically, they are all over the map. These may be the seven biggest, most demanding productions yet. But each one is a joy in its own way.” The 2016 shows are among “the most requested and beloved titles” that Muny-goers have asked to see, said Dennis M. Reagan, Muny president and CEO. This is the theater’s 98th season, he added; plans for the 2018 centennial are underway. World Wide Technology and the Steward Family Foundation will continue as the 2016 Season Presenting Sponsor. David Steward founded WWT; the company and foundation became the Muny’s first overall season sponsor in 2014. Season tickets to the Muny range in price from $70 to $602. Single tickets range in price from $14-$90. The free seats, a tradition at the Muny, will remain. Season ticket holders will receive their renewal notices during the first week of November. Gift cards for Muny season tickets are on sale now; holders of gift cards will be able to buy new season tickets beginning Feb. 29. All season tickets go on sale March 5. Single tickets go on sale at the end of May. For ticket information, visit muny.org or call the box office at 314-361-1900. Judith Newmark 314-340-8243 Theater critic @judithnewmark on Twitter jnewmark@post-dispatch.com ‘Lush, robust’ season is forecast for Muny ‘Young Frankenstein’ and ‘Mamma Mia!’ make their debuts POST-DISPATCH Natalie DeLucia in the Muny’s 1997 production of “The Wizard of Oz.”

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  1. St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
  2. 12 Nov 2015, Thu,
  3. Main Edition,
  4. Page A013

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