The Muny Renovation

Michael Eddy

In May of 2018, The Muny Theatre in St. Louis, MO announced its Second Century Capital Campaign, a $100 million fundraising effort that would fund major capital improvements, including a complete rebuild of its stage. At the time, Muny President and CEO, Denny Reagan commented, “As we look toward our second century, the capital improvements to the facility and endowment support that will result from this campaign are vital to the future of The Muny.” After several years of planning, the staff of The Muny were ready to pull the trigger on the project at the conclusion of the 2018 summer season. The century-old stage was torn down and construction began; all with the goal of having it rebuilt and ready to go for the 2019 season in the spring. The rebuild addressed critical structural needs and allows The Muny to utilize stage technology that has become standard across the industry—versatile automated stage decking, stage lifts, an all LED lighting system, state-of-the-art controls, and new scenic LED screens. The results of the first phase of construction were completed on schedule and Guys and Dolls hit the ‘new’ boards on June 10, 2019. Production Manager, Tracy Utzmyers and Lighting Designer, Rob Denton, who have both been very involved in this massive renovation, spoke with Stage Directions about the process, the challenges and the stunning results.

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