The Muny Finds Its Unsinkable Molly Brown

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The musical will play the St. Louis venue in July.
Beth Malone
Beth Malone Jennifer M. Koskinen

Fun Home Tony nominee Beth Malone will star in the title role of The Muny’s 2017 production of The Unsinkable Molly Brown, which will play the St. Louis venue July 21–27.

Directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall, The Unsinkable Molly Brown has music and lyrics by Meredith Willson, with additional lyrics and book by Dick Scanlan, based on the original book by Richard Morris. Music adaptation is by Michael Rafter.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome Beth to The Muny stage,” commented Muny artistic director and executive producer Mike Isaacson in a statement. “She is a true wonder of the musical theatre. For everyone who was thrilled by her captivating, Tony-nominated performance in Fun Home, I promise you will be just as astounded by her in this legendary role.”

Malone previously played the role in September 2014 for The Denver Center Theatre Company. Press notes for that production describe the musical as such: “Rooted in extensive research of the turbulent Gold Rush era, Colorado’s most treasured rags-to-riches romance traces Molly’s rise from a small-town tomboy to a member of Denver’s high society. The core of this musical comedy is the tempestuous can't-live-with him/can't-live-without him love story that survives the Silver Boom, the Gold Rush, and the R.M.S. Titanic.” Song titles include “I Ain’t Down Yet,” “Belly Up To The Bar Boys,” “Colorado, My Home,” and “I’ll Never Say No.”

The late Tammy Grimes created the role of Molly in the 1960 Broadway production, earning a Tony for her performance; the late Debbie Reynolds was nominated for an Academy Award for her work as Molly in the 1964 film.

The seven shows in the 2017 Muny season are Jesus Christ Superstar (June 12–18), Disney’s The Little Mermaid (June 20–29), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (July 5–11), All Shook Up (July 13–19), The Unsinkable Molly Brown (July 21–27), A Chorus Line (July 29–August 4), and Newsies (August 7–13).

Season tickets will be available March 6. Single tickets will be available May 8. For more information visit muny.org.

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