The Unsinkable -- Un-meltable -- Molly Brown

By Suzanne Vanderhoef

Only in St. Louis would thousands of people brave 100+ degree weather to go see a performance of a musical that premiered on Broadway back in 1960. But those who braved the heat at last night's opening of the Muny's production of "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" were rewarded with a really fun evening led by a couple of Tony nominated performers singing, acting and dancing their hearts out in the lead roles. Not to mention the added degree of difficulty imposed by the, well, added degrees of temperature!

Thank goodness for the new and improved house fans! Anyone who ever attended a show at the Muny prior to 2013 will remember the massive -- but noisy -- fans that helped cool the stands before and after the show and during intermission. Fortunately, new technology has allowed for the 20-foot blades on the new(ish) fans to run during the entire performance...and that breeze makes a huge difference, allowing audience members to focus on what's happening onstage, rather than fanning themselves with their programs.

For their sake, I hope some of that breeze made it to the stage itself last night, as a reward to those facing off in the heat while in full costume!