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Maggi Does the Muny

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Just got back from St. Louis to visit a friend who was performing in Miss Saigon at the Muny in Forest Park. It's an outdoor venue, with 11,000 seats, some of which are set aside for every show as free seats in the back. Kind of feels like the ballpark, complete with refreshment vendors coming through the aisles before the performance and during intermission. The stage is huge and lends itself well to a show like Miss Saigon. They were able to use a live helicopter for the evacuation scene. I ended up seeing the show three times from different perspectives, once really close and twice from the sides. We got a personal backstage tour and I was able to stand on the stage and look out upon all those seats! Yikes. The weather threatened the performance two of the nights we attended, but thankfully the rain held off until it was over. I heard from someone that on closing night the heavens opened and drenched everyone 10 minutes before the end of the show.

My friend recommended we stay at the Chase Park Plaza in the Central West End. He was right. What a great area. We loved our suite at the Chase. There's a great workout room. The pool area was very nice and there are lots of little nooks and crannies for private visiting. Most nights we got together at the poolside cafe. They have live music and we brought our own Chardonnay.

A few doors down from the Chase there's a gourmet market called Stroud's where we stocked up on snacks. The main walking area of the CWE is filled with restaurants, outdoor cafes, and antique shops. We ate dinner at Chez Leon. One of the best meals I've had ever. We did the fixed price menu and had fun tasting each other's choices. My favorite was the Grand Marnier souffle. 'Nuff said! :-)

There are a few photos of the area and the Muny at my Picasa albums (St. Louis 2008): http://picasaweb.google.com/maggiwun

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