Meet Me in St. Louis
Hugh Martin & Ralph Blane
06 Jun - 04 Jul 2020
Meet Me in St Louis is one of MGM’s most endearing musicals, with Judy Garland at the peak of her career and a rip-roaring score, containing showstoppers Meet Me in St Louis, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Under the Bamboo Tree – and the clang-clanging crowd-pleaser, The Trolley Song.
The plot centres on a well-to-do family, the Smiths. It’s 1903 and they are looking forward to the World’s Fair in St Louis, the moment when the international spotlight will shine on the city.
But amidst the excitement, the two elder Smith daughters, Rose and Esther, are in agony: waiting for their boyfriends to declare their love. Meanwhile there’s another fly in the ointment: could they be forced to change their lives by leaving St Louis?
Mr and Mrs Smith: Alex Bourne and Rebecca Thornhill
Agnes: Palmer Newson and Drew Hylton
Lon Jr: Shem Hamilton
Music and lyrics: Hugh Martin (1914-2011) & Ralph Blane (1914-1995)
Book: Hugh Wheeler based on The Kensington stories by Sally Benson and the MGM motion picture Meet Me in St Louis, 1944
First performance: 2 November 1989, George Gershwin Theatre, Broadway
UK premiere: 11 December 2013, Landor Theatre, Clapham
A musical in two acts with the BBC Concert Orchestra.