Meet Me In St. Louis: Classic Film on Stage from Musical Theatre West
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Join acclaimed actor of stage and screen John Lithgow (3rd Rock From the Sun, Dexter) for a touching and humorous tribute to the power of storytelling in the autobiographical one-man show Stories by Heart. Interspersing his own journey as an actor with two classic stories that were read to him as a child, the Tony-, Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning actor gives a tour de force performance, inhabiting a dozen characters with zany abandon. In P.G. Wodehouse's "Uncle Fred Flits By," a fretful young Englishman is taken on a wild afternoon's escapade in suburban London by his irrepressible uncle. Ring Lardner's "Haircut" is a darkly comic yarn told by a gossipy barber in small-town Michigan. Learn More
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I loved it!!. I found myself smiling and sighing throughout the entire play. If you have seen the movie you know that this cast has big shoes to fill, but I think they did a really nice job.
Their voices, especially those of the younger girls, were very impressive.
It was a great way to spend my halloween and I would do it all over again.
Also, thank you goldstar the tickets were amazing.
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My wonderful girlfriend and I enjoyed this show very much. It was a colorful set with very talented performers. We also thought the Carpenter theatre was exquisitely designed. The bar is nicely outfitted - we enjoyed the champagne.
Meet Me in St. Louis is the stage version of the memorable 1944 MGM motion picture which tells the story of four sisters living in St. Louis at the time of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition World’s Fair in 1904. It played for 252 performances on Broadway at the George Gershwin Theatre and starred Betty Garrett, George Hearn, Charlotte Moore and Milo O’Shea. It was directed by Louis Burke with choreography by Joan Brickhill. The musical varies from the film with additional songs and some additional character development; the focus is not primarily on the character of Esther, as in the film.
The MGM film version of “Meet Me in St. Louis” stars Judy Garland, Margaret O’Brien, Mary Astor, Lucille Bremer, Tom Drake, Leon Ames, Marjorie Main, June Lockhart, and Joan Carroll. The movie was adapted by Irving Brecher and Fred F. Finklehoffe from a series of short stories by Sally Benson, originally published in The New Yorker magazine and later in the novel 5135 Kensington.
The film was directed by Vincente Minnelli, who met his future wife, Judy Garland, on the set. In the film, Garland debuted the standards “The Trolley Song” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” which became hits before the film was released.