Muny kicking off 2023 with the story of a nice Jewish girl who could sing


Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content Officer

The Muny, St. Louis’ largest outdoor musical theater venue, is kicking off its seven-show lineup for summer 2023 with the story of legendary Jewish songwriter-singer, Carole King.

Beautiful- The Carole King Musical tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, alongside her husband and songwriting partner Gerry Goffin, and fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann. Along the way, she managed to make beautiful music and become one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. The show will run June 12-18.

The Tony and Grammy award-winning musical thrilled audiences on Broadway for six years as it chronicles King’s remarkable journey from teenage songwriter to Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee. The musical, is based on the book by Douglas McGrath and features pop classics, such as “It’s Too Late,” “You’ve Got a Friend” and “I Feel the Earth Move.”

The other shows coming to the Muny this summer are:


Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”

June 22-30.

With music from Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tom Rice, this musical emphasizes the importance of inner beauty, according to the theatre. Belle, the Beast, Mrs. Potts, Cogsworth, Lumiere and all the classic Disney characters of the Beast’s castle appear in a show fit for all ages.


July 5-11.

In partnership with the Saint Louis Chess Club and World Chess Hall of Fame, “Chess” is a dynamic drama centered around the world chess championship. Featuring lyrics and music from Tim Rice and members of pop group ABBA, this musical mirrors the 1980s Cold War tensions of the U.S. and Soviet Russia, according to a press release from the Muny.

“West Side Story”

July 15-21.

Loosely based on Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” the musical captures a love story amid the tensions of the classic Sharks vs. Jets rivalry. Music and lyrics are credited to Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim.

“Little Shop of Horrors”

July 25-31.

“Little Shop of Horrors,” based on the film by Roger Corman and screenplay by Charles Griffith, is a campy thriller comedy that follows a floral assistant on his quest to win over the love of his life, according to a press release from the Muny. The show features music by Alan Menken.


Aug. 4-10.

The Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical from Jonathan Larson uses rock music to tell the story of strength, revolution and survival, according to the Muny. It’s set in New York City’s East Village in the 1980s, a place of struggle and angst for impoverished artists during the AIDS epidemic.

“Sister Act”

Aug. 14-20.

Based on the hit film, “Sister Act” is a musical comedy that follows disco diva Deloris’ dreams of fame and fortune. The show features music from Alan Menken and lyrics from Glenn Slater.

“Our 105th season is epic, thrilling and promises another great summer of memories for our incredible Muny audiences,” said Muny Artistic Director and Executive Producer Mike Isaacson. “It’s an adventurous season that offers something for everyone, and we’re already hard at work to create seven spectacular productions.”

One of the greatest gifts we have is the opportunity to ask our audience what productions they want to see each year and from my earliest days as an usher and still now I am always excited by our audience’s energy around the season survey,” said Muny president and CEO Kwofe Coleman. “That excitement is doubled and the relationship with the audience only deepened in a year like this where we will be presenting so many of the most requested productions from the survey. Season 105 will be a thrilling journey that we cannot wait to go on with our audience.”