"Remarkable." That's what the Muny's executive producer Mike Isaacson had to say about attendance this season. It was up 9% over last yea, well over the 5% boost Muny executives had hped for, according to a report in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Including free tickets and community outreach, a total of over 383,000 people took in a show this year. That is the highest number in six years.
The most popular shows, Mary Poppins and Shrek. It was the first appearance at the Muny for both of the family-friendly shows.
And the Muny Opera isn't the only entertainment venue in Forest Park that's celebrating its popularity. The St. Louis Zoo has broken another record.
Officials say the zoo has nearly 53,000 members as of July 31. That is an 11% increase of the same time last year and represents a 20% increase over the past five years.
The zoo was also happy to announce that they have 1,000 members who paid at least $1,000.