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The Muny's 2020 season kicks off on June 15 with "Chicago" and concludes with "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" on Aug. 16. | The Muny
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The Muny’s 102nd season gets underway in June 2020, and it features musicals representing six decades of musical theater.

On Thursday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Sarah Fenske talked with Mike Isaacson, artistic director and executive producer of the Muny.

In addition to discussing the 2020 season, they discussed the Muny’s $100 million capital campaign and recent renovations, as well as local and national musical theater trends.

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Stages St. Louis hopes its current production of “Sister Act” will do what the Whoopi Goldberg character in the movie did for her Catholic convent choir: Shake it up — at least where its audiences are concerned.

The theater company’s patrons are not very diverse. Executive Producer Jack Lane, describes the Stages St. Louis audience this way: “suburban, white.”

Attracting more theater-goers of color, while addressing important social-justice concerns on the front burner in St. Louis right now, is important to St. Louis’ larger theater companies, which include the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, The Muny and Stages. Adding more minority patrons could help with the perennial issue of aging subscribers and donors. But it’s also a way to stay relevant at a time when St. Louis is more riveted than ever on race.

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On June 15, The Muny kicked-off its 97th season with “My Fair Lady.” Scheduled this season are three premiere productions along with returning favorites such as “Hairspray.”

On Friday’s “Cityscape,” Mike Isaacson, artistic director and executive producer of The Muny, joined host Steve Potter to discuss this season’s productions. Isaacson also had a hand in producing the Broadway musical “Fun Home,” which received five Tony Awards.  

So, what goes into lining up The Muny’s season?

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 17, 2013 - As the Muny turns 95, it’s never been cooler. Literally. Monday’s "Spamalot" opening debuts a new fan system designed to provide a more comfortable experience with no accompanying noise. Efforts are also underway to make the overall St. Louis institution cooler, as in more hip. As part of that, this season offers three more Muny premieres in addition to "Spamalot."

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This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: As the Muny turns 95, it’s never been cooler. Literally.

Monday’s "Spamalot" opening debuts a new fan system designed to provide a more comfortable experience with no accompanying noise. Efforts are also underway to make the overall St. Louis institution cooler, as in more hip. As part of that, this season offers three more Muny premieres in addition to "Spamalot."

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As The MUNY opens its 95th season of outdoor musical theatre in Forest Park, Executive Producer Mike Isaacson is excited about the number of “firsts.”  Four of the productions are MUNY premieres including Monty Python’s Spamalot which opens the season, Shrek The Musical, Nunsense Muny Style! and Mary Poppins.  In the production of Mary Poppins, for the first time in MUNY history, a character will fly over the audience.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 13, 2012 - As Muny lovers know, anything goes -- and can go wrong -- in live theater. This season, the first for executive producer Mike Isaacson, the presence of live camels increases the risk of the unexpected. But also the prospect of fun.

Season 2012 highlights also include Jennifer Holliday in “Dreamgirls” and Leslie Uggams in “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” But there are many more, according to Isaacson, who’s already well known for his many years with the Fox Theatre and Fox Theatricals Broadway productions.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 5, 2010 - Theater producer Mike Isaacson, whose fiery Broadway production of "Red" won six Tony awards in June, has accepted the top spot at the St. Louis Muny.

The Muny announced Oct. 5 that the Fox Theatricals Broadway producer is joining the Muny as its executive producer. Isaacson will work with longtime executive producer Paul Blake this coming summer and will go solo the following season when Blake's contract ends.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 14, 2010 - A St. Louis-based production company shared the national spotlight at the 2010 Tony Awards Sunday night June 13 at Radio City Musical Hall.

Fox Theatricals, a division of Fox Associates won six Tony Awards for its presentation of "Red" at the Golden Door Theatre on Broadway. The awards include best play for John Logan, best performance by a featured actor in a play for Eddie Redmayne (right, in the character of Ken) and best direction of a play for Michael Grandage. Other awards were for scenic design, lighting design and sound design.