The Unsinkable Molly Brown
July 21 – 27
I AIN’T DOWN YET!
Hannibal Missouri’s own brash and beguiling Molly Brown shines in this exhilarating adaptation of Meredith Willson’s 1960 musical. Her rags-to-riches story sparkles with a new book by Dick Scanlan (Thoroughly Modern Millie), and new songs from the Meredith Willson songbook. The tempestuous can’t-live-with-him/can’t-live-without-him love story that survived the Silver Boom, Gold Rush and sinking of the Titanic returns to the stage with more fun and flair than ever. This is one of those classic musicals that will have your heart soaring!
The words hell, damn and dammit are used throughout the show.
A few songs and several lines of dialogue reference alcohol (i.e. “Belly Up to the Bar, Boys”).
A few lines of dialogue contain sexual innuendo.
One scene references harsh immigration rules in a historical context.
The original 1960 Broadway musical by Meredith Willson told the real-life story of Margaret “Molly” Brown’s climb from a penniless childhood to great wealth, and her survival of the 1912 sinking of the Titanic.
The Muny’s 2017 production is a “revisal” (revision/revival) of the musical. Though the plotline differs significantly from the original production, the musical includes seven untouched songs from the original Meredith Willson score. The rest of the score is made up of “Molly Brown” stage and film songs with additional lyrics, and trunk songs from the Willson catalog.
Tammy Grimes created the role of Molly in the 1960 Broadway production, earning a Tony Award® for her performance. Debbie Reynolds was nominated for an Academy Award® for her work as Molly in the 1964 film.
Mark Your Calendar
Season tickets on sale
NOW – June 9
Single tickets on sale
May 8 – August 13
|Ticket Prices||Season*||Single||Season Savings|
|Center Boxes (C-6)||$637||$95||4%|
|Side Boxes (7-10)||$581||$90||8%|
|Terrace A (A-M)||$448||$74||14%|
|Terrace A (N-Y)||$329||$58||19%|
|Terrace B (A-M)||$231||$44||25%|
|Terrace B (N-Y)||$112||$31||48%|
|* Season Ticket prices include $7 service fee.|
BETH MALONE (Molly Brown)
originated the leading role of Alison in Broadway’s Fun Home which earned her a Tony® nomination for Best Actress in a Musical. Other Broadway credits include: Ring of Fire. Off-B’way: Bingo!; Fun Home, The Marvelous Wonderettes. Regional: The Unsinkable Molly Brown (Denver Center), Sister Act (Alliance Theatre), Annie Get Your Gun (CMT). TV: Claudia on CBS’s Brain Dead, The Good Wife, Reno 911!; Judging Amy, What’s On? and One Minute Soaps. Film: soon to be released, The Comedian with Robert De Niro, and Hick with Eddie Redmayne.
Emily Skinner (Dorothy Brock)
Muny: Billy Elliot, Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Broadway: Side Show (Tony nomination, Drama League Award), Jekyll & Hyde, The Full Monty, James Joyce’s The Dead, Dinner at Eight (Outer Critics Circle Nomination), Billy Elliot (BroadwayWorld Award). Off-Broadway: Jerry Springer The Opera (Carnegie Hall); Fiorello!, No Strings, Pardon My English, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (City Center Encores!); leading roles at Manhattan Theater Club, WPA Theater, Playwrights Horizons, Roundabout Theatre Company, York Theatre, Paramount Theatre at Madison Square Gardens. Regional: multiple roles at The Kennedy Center, Signature Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, Long Wharf, The Old Globe, Goodspeed, Bucks County Playhouse, Virginia Rep, and many others. She has sung with symphonies around the globe and her numerous CD recordings may be found at Amazon.com. www.emily-skinner.com
Jay Armstrong Johnson (Billy Lawlor)
Muny: Hello, Dolly! and Pirates! Gilbert and Sullivan Plunder’d. Broadway: On The Town (Astaire Award nom.), Hands on a Hardbody, Catch Me If You Can, HAIR. TV/Film: Quantico (Dr. Will Olson; recurring), Sex & the City 2, Law & Order: SVU. Off-Broadway: Wild Animals You Should Know (MCC), Working (Drama Desk Award; Prospect Theater Co.). Other NY Theater: The Most Happy Fella (Encores!), Sweeney Todd (New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall). First national tour: A Chorus Line. Regional: The Last Goodbye (The Old Globe), On The Town (Barrington Stage Co.), Hands On A Hardbody (La Jolla Playhouse), Pool Boy (Barrington Stage Co), Hairspray (Weston Playhouse). Concert: 35mm: A Musical Exhibition (on iTunes).
Jonalyn Saxer (Peggy Sawyer)
Jonalyn is thrilled to be making her Muny debut in her all-time favorite show! Broadway: Honeymoon In Vegas, Bullets Over Broadway. Pre-Broadway/Regional: Gotta Dance (Bank Of America Theater, Chicago), Moonshine: That Hee Haw Musical (Dallas Theater Center), Pittsburgh CLO, Maine State Music Theater, Syracuse Stage, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse. Proud Syracuse University Graduate.
KATHLEEN MARSHALL (Director/Choreographer)
Broadway credits include In Transit, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Anything Goes, The Pajama Game, Wonderful Town, Living on Love, Grease, Little Shop of Horrors, Follies, Seussical, Kiss Me, Kate; 1776 and Swinging on a Star. Off-Broadway and regional: Two Gentlemen of Verona (NYSF), Saturday Night (Second Stage), Love’s Labor’s Lost (Old Globe), My Paris (Long Wharf), Ever After (Paper Mill), Diner (Signature Theatre), The Unsinkable Molly Brown (Denver Center Theatre). City Center Encores!: The Band Wagon, I’m Getting My Act Together…, Bells Are Ringing, Carnival and Babes in Arms; Artistic Director for four seasons. Film: My Week with Marilyn (choreographer). TV: Once Upon a Mattress, The Music Man (Emmy nomination) and 2 Broke Girls. She has received three Tony Awards (out of nine nominations), three Drama Desk Awards, three Outer Critics Circle Awards, the Astaire Award, the George Abbott Award, the Smith College Medal (her alma mater) and the Pennsylvania Governor’s Award for the Arts. She is a member of the Executive Board of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
MICHAEL RAFTER (Music Adaptation, Music Director, Vocal and Incidental Arrangements)
Music Director/Arranger/Pianist for Sutton Foster. Music Director/ Supervisor: Violet (starring Sutton Foster), Everyday Rapture, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Sunset Boulevard, The Sound of Music, The King & I, Gypsy, Swing, The Buddy Holly Story. Arranger: Swing and Sweet Charity. Associate Music Supervisor: Jersey Boys. TV: Gypsy (Emmy award, music direction), Broadway’s Best on Bravo (w/Trisha Yearwood, Kevin Bacon, Mandy Moore, Cyndi Lauper, Darius Rucker). Recordings: Wish with Sutton Foster, Sutton Foster, Live at The Carlyle. Movies: Arthur (additional scoring, arrangements), Music And Lyrics, Did You Hear About The Morgans? (vocal, instrumental producer). Proud father of Siena Rafter, Brown University class of 2020.