Looking Back at The Muny

 By Suzanne Vanderhoef  Shortly before the curtain went up for "Newsies" at the penultimate night of this year's Muny Season, I turned around and looked back at the crowd. Thousands of people from all walks of life -- a virtual postcard of St. Louis diversity -- sitting side by side together in the August heat, all excited and ready to put aside whatever may divide us at other times, all with a common purpose. They were all hoping for the same thing: To take a break from real life and enjoy being entertained for a few hours. That, and hoping the fans didn't stop working to cool the crowd during the performance.

By Suzanne Vanderhoef

Shortly before the curtain went up for "Newsies" at the penultimate night of this year's Muny Season, I turned around and looked back at the crowd. Thousands of people from all walks of life -- a virtual postcard of St. Louis diversity -- sitting side by side together in the August heat, all excited and ready to put aside whatever may divide us at other times, all with a common purpose. They were all hoping for the same thing: To take a break from real life and enjoy being entertained for a few hours. That, and hoping the fans didn't stop working to cool the crowd during the performance.

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