The era of Mike Isaacson, the new Executive Producer at The Muny, is underway. The show selections of 2012 season demonstrate that change is definitely in the air and on the stage in Forest Park.
Ticket sales for professional theater have been difficult in recent years. The Muny is not immune to that challenge. Some of Isaacson’s goals are to invigorate the magic of the Muny stage and its shows, and to brighten the affection St. Louis audiences have had for the venerable theater since it’s inception. With The Muny’s physical improvements and the re-birth of beautiful Forest Park, a night at The Muny has come to mean more than ever, in many respects a complete evening of entertainment for the family. Isaacson’s stated goal is to make the Muny shows and production values more imaginative and engaging than ever before.
It’s a tough assignment, but as a multiple Tony Award winner on Broadway, Isaacson has the credentials and the theatrical chutzpah to make it happen.
The order of the shows have not been set, but most likely “Thoroughly Modern Millie” will begin the season in June of 2012. “Millie” is one of three premieres for The Muny in 2012. The other two will be Disney’s very popular “Aladdin” and the Broadway smash “Dreamgirls.”
Although not a premiere, since the Broadway company of the show came to The Muny for two weeks in 1977, the hit show “Chicago” will appear in the 2012 season and be produced entirely by The Muny.
A new and inventive re-work of “The Pirates of Penzance” is on the schedule. It’s called “Pirates! (Or, Gilbert and Sullivan Plunder’d.)
The remaining two shows will be Muny standards and favorites, “The King and I” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”
2012 will be an important season for The Muny, the start of new creative and producing era, and just maybe, a season that will make Muny ticket holders stand up and cheer.