“Chicago,” “Mary Poppins,” “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” and “The Sound of Music” are among the seven musicals scheduled for the 102nd Muny season in Forest Park.
“Sweeney Todd,” “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” and “On Your Feet!” will be Muny premieres.
The lineup was announced Tuesday evening at “Muny Magic at the Sheldon,” an off-season concert series featuring Mikaela Bennett and Alex Prakken. A second performance is set for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
“Baked into the Muny tradition is a sense of adventure,” said Mike Isaacson, the theater’s artistic director and executive producer. “So I feel like I’m continuing that tradition.”
“Chicago” (June 15-21) • Ahead of the curve in its take on celebrities, scandal and their impact on pop culture, this show about a couple of murderesses and Windy City corruption ranks among the greatest Broadway musicals. The 2002 film adaptation, starring Richard Gere, Renee Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones, won the Oscar for best picture.
Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s “Mary Poppins” (June 24-July 2) • The flying, umbrella-wielding nanny will return to the Muny stage, bringing with her songs including “A Spoonful of Sugar” and, of course, “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.” Isaacson describes it as “a wonderful show, and I’m really excited to give it a new magical life.”
“Sweeney Todd” (July 6-12) • A vengeful barber is the central character in this Stephen Sondheim show, which won the Tony Award for best musical and features songs including “Pretty Women,” “God, That’s Good!” and “Not While I’m Around.” Johnny Depp, Alan Rickman and Helena Bonham Carter starred in Tim Burton’s 2007 film adaptation.
“Smokey Joe’s Cafe” (July 14-20) • Set during the glory days of Gaslight Square, this revue propelled by rock ’n’ roll and R&B promises to be a feel-good delight. “The audience right now was raised on rock ’n’ roll — it was not raised on musical theater,” Isaacson said. “So here’s a show that celebrates those origins.”
“The Sound of Music” (July 23-29) • Who could forget Julie Andrews up on that hill in the 1965 film? Or John Coltrane’s wonderful recording of “My Favorite Things”? The Rodgers & Hammerstein classic about a governess who finds herself up against the Nazi threat is as good as American musicals get.
“On Your Feet!” (Aug. 1-7) • Inspired by the lives and Cuban-fusion pop music of singer Gloria Estefan and husband Emilio, this jukebox musical showcases songs from Miami Sound Machine and Estefan’s solo career. The show had a two-year run on Broadway and was nominated for a Tony Award for best choreography. The Muny production is the show’s Midwest regional premiere.
“Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” (Aug. 10-16) • Legendary songwriter Johnny Mercer contributed to the lyrics for this musical, based on the 1954 film, about backwoodsmen in 19th-century Oregon who seek female companionship. The show was nominated for a 1983 Tony Award for best original score and was revived on London’s West End in 2015.
Casting and creative teams have yet to be announced.
New Muny subscriptions go on sale March 9; single tickets are available beginning May 11. For more information, call 314-361-1900 or visit muny.org.
Photos of the Muny in the 1920s