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623 Star Starred
Carpenter Performing Arts Center, CSULB
6200 Atherton Street Long Beach, CA 90815
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4.8 / 5 Rated by 34 members
Review from Daniel

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.

reviewed Oct 31 2009 report as inappropriate
Review from loveopera

We really enjoyed this feel good musical. We saw the movie version prior to attending this performance, and while we did not have Judy Garland on stage, the performers were wonderful. The ice-skating scene was a show stopper. Some of the added...continued

reviewed Oct 30 2009 report as inappropriate
Review from Dennis Ritchey

What can I say. Here is a show you leave humming and/or singing some of the great songs featured in the show. The cast is outstanding and the entire show is stunning. What a holiday treat not to be missed. Musical Theater West always delivers...continued

reviewed Nov 05 2009 report as inappropriate
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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.

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