In a statement Blake said, "After 22 exciting years as The Muny's executive producer, I have decided to step down when my contract expires in August 2011. I consider myself truly blessed to have been able to enjoy such a full and varied career at The Muny during a period that many people refer to as 'A Golden Age.' In the coming years, I look forward to pursuing new theatrical dreams.
"The Muny and St. Louis has been my show business home for nearly two decades, and we all know how difficult it is to leave a happy nurturing family. So even though I'll be gone from The Muny on a day-to-day basis, I will always carry my affection and love for this theatre – and indeed the people of St. Louis – in my mind and heart."
Denny Reagan, president & CEO of The Muny, added, "The Muny has certainly come a long way from where it was when Paul Blake took the artistic helm. He has raised the bar to new levels, and our audiences truly enjoy and appreciate the high caliber of entertainment The Muny provides. We will continue to produce our own shows in the grand scale and with the talented casts that are the trademark of The Muny."
A search for Blake's replacement is currently underway. Reagan expects the next executive producer to be named prior to the 2011 season.
The Muny, which attracts a host of Broadway performers each summer, is currently presenting the classic musical Show Boat.