Curtain Up! Light the Lights: Gypsy to Be Featured in Muny Summer Season

News   Curtain Up! Light the Lights: Gypsy to Be Featured in Muny Summer Season The St. Louis Muny — the nation's oldest and largest outdoor theatre — has announced its 2006 summer season, which will include a host of classic musicals as well as Elton John's Aida.

The season will kick off June 19 with Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I. The famed musical about the relationship between an English teacher and the King of Siam will play through June 25.

Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida, the Disney musical that played a lengthy run at Broadway's Palace Theatre, will follow. Featuring such tunes as "A Step Too Far," "Written in the Stars" and "I Know the Truth," Aida will be presented June 26-July 2.

A stage production of The Wizard of Oz will follow. Muny audiences will enjoy the tale of Dorothy, the Cowardly Lion, the Scarecrow and the Tin Woodsman from July 6-16.

The award-winning Arthur Laurents-Jule Styne-Stephen Sondheim musical Gypsy will run July 17-23. The musical about the stage mother of all stage mothers features such tunes as "Everything's Coming Up Roses," "Rose's Turn," "Some People" and "Let Me Entertain You."

From July 24-30, audiences at the Muny will be entertained by Irving Berlin's White Christmas. Inspired by the holiday film classic of the same name, the stage production about two singing sisters boasts such Berlin classics as "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep" and, of course, "White Christmas." Lionel Bart's Oliver! will follow, scheduled for a July 31-Aug. 6 run. The family-friendly musical about the world's most famous orphan, Oliver Twist, features such tunes as "Consider Yourself," "Where Is Love?" and "As Long As He Needs Me."

The Muny season will conclude with Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. The musical set in Oregon Territory will play Aug. 7-13.

Season tickets for the Muny's 2006 summer season will go on sale March 25 by calling (314) 361-1900, ext. 550. For more information visit www.muny.org.