I think of 1945 only because that was the summer Philip Rose was a member of the Muny singing ensemble. Rose was a young aspiring opera singer, a protégé of legendary Muny musical director Edwin McArthur. Life pulled Rose in other directions, away from music and performing, though not away from theater. In the 1950s he read a friend's new play. Although Rose had never before produced a play, he was determined to get this one to Broadway. That play was Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun, and Rose's production changed Broadway forever. In 1977 Rose also produced the Civil War musical Shenandoah. He took special pleasure in knowing that it was twice staged at his old alma mater in Forest Park. In a very real way, Rose, who died last month, is every bit as much a part of the Muny legacy as is Cary Grant or Virginia Mayo.

Tom Hewitt, Andrea Chamberlain and Kenny Metzger.
Larry Pry/The Muny
Tom Hewitt, Andrea Chamberlain and Kenny Metzger.

Location Info


The Muny

Forest Park
St. Louis, MO 63112

Category: Parks and Outdoors

Region: St. Louis - Forest Park


Kiss Me, Kate
Through July 3 at the Muny in Forest Park.
In addition to the free seats, tickets are $10 to $68.
Call 314-361-1900 or visit www.muny.org.

With eight different productions in six different decades, Kiss Me, Kate is also about to become a part of the Muny legacy. Even as the youth-geared Legally Blonde was staged in Forest Park last week for the first time, so too is Kiss Me, Kate being staged for the last. You don't have to be Nostradamus to figure that one out; just do the math. It's been twenty years since the last Kate, with a ten-year gap prior to that. In another 20 or 30 years, this show will seem as decrepit as a Romberg operetta. But at least Kiss Me, Kate is going out in stellar style. So the Muny proceeds in its magical way, rewriting its history every single week.

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