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The Muny celebrates 95 years of memories

9:57 PM, Jun 16, 2013   |    comments
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By Heidi Glaus

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - It is America's oldest and largest outdoor theater where for more than 90 summers stars have shined above the staged and on it.

"Some great stars like Carol Channing and Pearl Bailey and Cab Callaway," said Denny Reagan, president and CEO of The Muny.

The list is long and quite impressive. There's Bob Hope, Vincent Price, Debbie Reynolds and even John Travolta.

"W.C. Fields was our first Captain Andy back in 1930, so it's been a real legacy of stars that have performed here," Reagan added.

Cary Grant also played here in the '30s, however back then he wasn't known as Cary Grant.

"No, Cary Grant performed here as Archie Leach, and from here he went to Hollywood and became Cary Grant," Reagan explained.

A peek into some of the first playbills shows you what else changed over the years.

"Some of the ads were absolutely incredible. Griesedieck light lager bottled beer tones and invigorates the human system and helps to supply the necessary energy for a full day's work," Reagan said reading one ad.

"I also noticed you could buy a brand new Buick for $865," he added.

Of course, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Not hairdos or fashion, but the extraordinary things they can do with this stage.

"We did the flyover for South Pacific with a vintage bomber. Miss Saigon we actually had a helicopter fly over to take Saigon. We've had 110 piece marching band on the stage," Reagan said.

And you can expect great things once again this season.

"One thing we're doing this year too that is really exciting for The Muny, Mary Poppins will be flying over the audience," Reagan said.

After all, this is The Muny, a true St. Louis treasure about to begin its 95th season.

 

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