Meet Me in St. Louis (musical)

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Meet Me in St. Louis
Music Hugh Martin
Ralph Blane
Lyrics Hugh Martin
Ralph Blane
Book Hugh Wheeler
Basis 1944 film Meet Me in St. Louis
Productions 1989 Broadway

Meet Me in St. Louis is a musical based on the 1944 film of the same title, about a family living in St. Louis, Missouri on the eve of the 1904 World's Fair.

The musical varied 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 musical ran on Broadway in 1989.

Productions[edit]

The musical opened on Broadway at the George Gershwin Theatre on November 2, 1989 and closed on June 10, 1990, after 252 performances.[1] It was directed by Louis Burke with choreography by Joan Brickhill.[2]

The show was performed Off-Broadway by the Irish Repertory Theater in December 2006 through February 2007, with direction by Charlotte Moore (the mother in the Broadway production), choreography by Barry McNabb and sets by Tony Straiges. The cast featured George S. Irving as Grandpa Prophater.[3]

The musical has been produced by Musicals Tonight! (New York), in October 2004[4] the Paper Mill Playhouse Millburn, New Jersey in November to December 2007, with Brynn O'Malley as Esther, Gregg Edelman as Alonso Smith, and Donna English as Anna Smith,[5] and The Muny, St. Louis in July 2009, with Lewis J. Stadlen as Grandpa Prophater, Brynn O'Malley as Esther Smith, Max von Essen as John Truitt and Stephen Bogardus as Mr. Alonzo Smith.[6]

The musical has also had its UK professional premiere at the Landor Theatre, in Clapham, London. The show ran from 11 December 2013 to 18 January 2014.

Characters and Broadway cast[edit]

  • Katie the maid -- Betty Garrett
  • Mr. Alonzo Smith -- George Hearn
  • Mrs. Anna Smith—Charlotte Moore
  • Grandpa Prophater -- Milo O'Shea
  • Alonzo "Lon" Smith Jr. -- Michael O'Steen
  • Esther Smith -- Donna Kane
  • John Truitt—Jason Workman
  • Rose Smith—Juliet Lambert
  • Warren Sheffield—Peter Reardon
  • Sarah Mahala Redway "Tootie" Smith -- Courtney Peldon
  • Agnes Smith—Rachael Graham

Original London Cast[edit]

  • Esther Smith - Georgia Permutt
  • John Truitt - Piers Bate
  • Mrs. Anna Smith - Nova Skipp
  • Mr. Alonzo Smith - Bryan Kennedy
  • Sarah Mahala Redway "Tootie" Smith - Rebecca Barry
  • Katie the Maid - Carolyn Allen / Terri O'Ryan
  • Lon Smith - Samuel Pope
  • Rose Smith - Emily Jeffreys
  • Warren Sheffield - Thomas Judd
  • Agnes Smith - Emily Carewe-Jeffries
  • Grandpa Prophater - Tom Murphy
  • Lucille Ballard - Lucy Mills
  • Eve - Emma Ralston
  • Paige - Terri O'Ryan
  • Clinton Badger - Ashton Charge
  • Peewee Drummond - James Robert-Moore
  • Sidney Purvis - Harry Cooper-Millar

Songs[edit]

The song "Whenever I'm with You" was added for a 1999 revival.

* Songs from the film also in the stage version

As of the late 90's the order of songs was changed, and some were removed. The current version is as follows:

The Smith Family Octet - Tootie, Agnes, Rose, Esther, Lon, Mrs. Smith, Katie & Grandpa

Awards and nominations[edit]

Original Broadway production[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result
1990 Tony Award Best Musical Nominated
Best Book of a Musical Hugh Wheeler Nominated
Best Original Score Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane Nominated
Best Choreography Joan Brickhill Nominated
Theatre World Award Jason Workman Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ "IBDB Entry". Retrieved 16 March 2012. 
  2. ^ Rich, Frank."Review/Theater; 'Meet Me in St. Louis': Movie Brought to Stage"New York Times (abstract), November 3, 1989
  3. ^ Suskin, Steven. "Legit Review: Meet Me In ST. Louis", "Variety, December 25, 2006 - December 31, 2006, p. 26
  4. ^ "'Meet Me In St. Louis' listing" musicalstonight.org, accessed April 19, 2011
  5. ^ Gans, Andrew."Paper Mill's Meet 'Me in St. Louis' Begins Nov. 6; Theatre Names New Executive Director" playbill.com, November 7, 2007
  6. ^ Gans, Andrew."'Meet Me in St. Louis' Plays St. Louis' Muny Beginning July 6" playbill.com, July 6, 2009

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