A hastily constructed temporary theatre built between two enormous oak trees in 1918 is now a historical landmark as America”s oldest outdoor venue.
The Municipal Opera in Forest Park, St Louis – known locally as the Muny – was completed in just 49 days and over the years, productions have starred such theatrical giants as Debbie Reynolds, Pearl Bailey and Lauren Bacall.
Some of the most contemporary productions regularly premiere amongst the annual feature of seven musicals including shows like High School Musical and The Producers, and this season”s programme includes the familiar classics My Fair Lady and Fiddler on the Roof.
Seats begin at $9 but where the Muny differs from most other theatres is that 1,500 of the 11,000 seats are given away free on a first come, first served basis and many theatre-goers bring a picnic to enjoy while they queue.
Regulars in the free seats would recommend you take a decent pair of binoculars as they are located in the last nine rows.
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