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Missouri: Show Me the shows

Courtesy The Muny

The Muny
St. Louis
The Muny, America’s largest and oldest outdoor musical theater, is a highlight for many visitors during St. Louis’ summer months. The seven-show 2013 season will open with “Monty Python’s Spamalot” and close with “West Side Story.”

“Our stage is designed for Broadway-style musical theater, and that’s what we do best,” said Larry Pry, assistant marketing director at The Muny. “We like to bring in Broadway stars and performers, as well as choreographers and directors, so Midwesterners can experience that caliber of production.”

Every evening, visitors have the opportunity to take a 45-minute tour that starts at the top of the amphitheater and works down to the stage. Groups see every aspect of the house, starting from the audience’s perspective and including a look at the massive sound board. They go backstage to see all aspects of the production and even walk onstage.

Three dining options are available, depending on group size. The theater provides picnic tables for groups bringing their own picnic meal. Large groups can rent a pavilion with catered dinner. Smaller groups can eat in Culver Pavilion’s restaurant. Meals are catered by local chefs.

“Each production features a different menu themed to that particular show and designed by American Culinary Federation chefs from Forest Park Community College,” said Pry. “The food is from scratch, buffet style and delicious.”

Elizabeth Hey

Elizabeth Hey is a member of Midwest Travel Journalists Association and has received numerous awards for her writing and photography. Follow her on Instagram and Facebook @travelbyfork.