REVIEW: 'Meet Me in St. Louis' at The Muny

There is not a better show to cap off The Muny’s 100th anniversary season than “Meet Me in St. Louis.”

Harry Hamm
August 07, 2018 - 1:51 pm

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There is not a better show to cap off The Muny’s 100th anniversary season than “Meet Me in St. Louis.”

On opening night, the curtain calls were a veritable love fest for our hometown and all the idealistic aspirations we have for it, not to forget the love we have always had for the beauty of its history and potential.

The audience was on its feet clapping and singing along. (Do I really have to tell you the song?) It was a perfect finale for the 100th season, and it all takes place exactly where the story of this winsome musical actually occurred.

Erin Dilly and Stephen Buntrock - who are married in real life - play Mr. & Mrs Smith, dutiful parents who have to make the tempting decision of choosing material gain over a solid family life in their hometown for their offsprings. Ken Page is delightful (as always) as Grandpa.

There have been constructive changes in choreography, musical numbers, orchestrations and direction to upgrade the show from its original world premiere at The Muny in 1960. It all adds a lot to the evening without detracting from the production’s vintage charm. Best of all - as St. Louisans, it makes us all feel part of the Smith family.

The Muny’s “Meet Me in St. Louis" is a feast for the eyes and the heart. Beautifully staged. A rousing, sentimental and often sensational success.

It’s on stage through August 12.

4 1/2 Stars