Pop Culture 101: MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS
On April 29, 1959 Jane Powell, Tab Hunter, Walter Pidgeon, Jeanne Crain, Myrna Loy and Patty Duke starred in a CBS television broadcast version of Meet Me in St. Louis.
On June 9, 1966 the St. Louis Municipal Opera presented a stage version of Meet Me in St. Louis with some new songs added.
In 1966 a television pilot was made for a situation comedy based on Meet Me in St. Louis. It starred Shelley Fabares, Celeste Holm, Larry Merrill, Judy Land, Reta Shaw and Morgan Brittany. It was not picked up as a series.
In 1989 Meet Me in St. Louis was turned into a Broadway musical. It ran for 252 performances.
The original songs in Meet Me in St. Louis, all of them introduced by Judy Garland, became well-known hits. Garland sang "The Boy Next Door" and "The Trolley Song" for years at her live concert shows, and they were always audience favorites. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" became a perennial holiday classic and has been recorded by hundreds of music artists the world over.
Meet Me in St. Louis was also responsible for the union of director Vincente Minnelli and star Judy Garland, who married on June 15, 1945. Their daughter Liza Minnelli was born nine months later. "This is the first picture my father and mother did together," said Liza Minnelli in a 1987 interview. "It's also the first one in which she said she felt beautiful on the screen. In the beginning she hadn't wanted to make Meet Me in St. Louis. Before it was finished, she loved it and the director who expressed his feelings for her in every shot." The couple made several more films together before divorcing in 1951.
by Andrea Passafiume