I was looking for things to do in St. Louis other than the arch online and came across this theatre which piqued my interest since I was a Theatre major. What especially excited me was that the night my fiance and I were to arrive in St. Louis, the Muny was ending their performance of the week with one of my favorites: Singin' in the Rain! Well, I just had to go because I always wanted to know how the rain scene is done on the stage. I decided to get tickets at the box office just in case due to either traffic, as we were driving from Chicago, and the weather, as it rained a good portion of our drive to St. Louis. I was able to get our two tickets together about ten rows from the stage! I should make note: this theatre puts on seven shows from June-August with each show running a week. This theatre is also outdoors, which, when a great night is handed to you like we had, it makes for a great theatre experience. With a full orchestra, this theatre pulled out all the stops. Before the show, the National Anthem is sung, which never happens at any other show I've been to. I also was impressed to hear that just about the whole amphitheatre was singing, more so than at a sporting event. They also have people selling drinks and candy just like at a sporting event. The theatre, with the exception of the two seats next to me, was full. The playbill clearly states that the show starts at 8:15pm, which it did, and also mentioned how long the show would run. Never have I been to a show that started on time. I was very shocked to read the theatre ettiquette posted in the playbill as well. The sound was perfect. I never once had a hard time hearing any one of the actors. The tap dancing was amazing and the chemistry between the actors playing Don and Cosmo was terrific. I was a bit dissappointed with the actor playing Don, as was my fiance. He wasn't as strong as a dancer, but more so, he had butter fingers that night dropping his bow at one point during "Fit as a Fiddle", dropping his umbrella during his big number and not getting a good hold of the Cyd Charisse character during her first lift but she adjusted herself to not make the accident obvious to the average theatre goer. As for the main scene that ended Act 1 that I had been waiting for: I was extremely impressed! There were sprinklers on top of the set that had the water fall just at the edge of the orchestra pit where the stage dipped so the water would sink to some basin. The actor playing Don, aside from dropping his umbrella, performed the title number superbly. You of course can't help but compare him and picture Gene Kelly, but the actor playing Don made it his own. All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed the show and am very glad I stumbled on this truly hidden jem that sits in the middle of a park. So if you're ever in St. Louis in the summer, please support the arts, please support the Muny, you won't be dissappointed!
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