FOREST PARK – The Muny has canceled its summer, at least on the stage in Forest Park.
Because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, that stage will be empty for the first summer in 102 years.
“This is a historic first, and hopefully last, for our beloved theatre,” Muny Board Chair Louis A. Cella said in a statement.
The Muny had hoped to offer a shortened season, opening later in the summer; but there is no practical way to do so given the requirements of social distancing for the safety of the audience, staff and entertainers.
Muny President and CEO Denny Reagan acknowledged the pain the decision brings.
“Coming together every summer is more than entertainment – it’s a reunion, a celebration and a tradition,” he said in the statement. “To miss that for the first time in 102 years is tremendously difficult and disheartening.”
The plan is to transfer the 2020 season lineup to next summer.
Season ticket holders will be contacted personally with more information on their options.
The walk-up box office in Forest Park is closed, but staff can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meanwhile, fans won’t be left to pine away. The Muny will be offering virtual programming, to be announced soon.
So far, the lineup includes digital broadcasts of past “Muny Magic at The Sheldon” performances beginning June 15, and a new series featuring Muny friends and family from around the world beginning July 20.
“Stay safe and please stay connected virtually by following us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to receive the latest updates,” the Muny said.