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St. Louis Meet Me In St. Louis Genre ‐ Musical a nice position in New York, which means that the family has to leave St. Louis and the St. Louis Fair. Swing (Original Broadway Cast Recording). Seesaw ( Original Broadway Cast Recording). Triumph of Love (Soundtrack from the Broadway. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the CD release of Meet Me In St. Louis (M-G-M Original Soundtrack Recording) on Discogs.
How much will I have to pay you? She laughed that marvelous Judy Garland laugh. I'll talk to Sid about it.
Sid Luft was her manager and soon-to-be third husband. I liked him immediately. That was a watershed moment in Judy's career at a time when she felt threatened and rejected. Sid thought the time was ripe for her to get away from the cameras and back to her roots: He contacted the bookers, and he and Judy were gratified at the immediate interest. The British had always deeply loved her, and her four weeks there quickly sold out.
Sid felt it had to be the New York Palace.
Judy and Mickey Rooney, in their early juvenile "Let's put on a show! The deal was set, and Roger Edens started writing an act for her. Old friends from MGM expressed a desire to help in any way possible; Chuck Walters agreed to stage the act and Irene Sharaff to costume it.
After I came on board, I was flown to Hollywood to observe the fruits of everyone's labors, and especially to be coached by Roger on how my piano accompaniments could bring out the best in Judy vocally.
Early in October we assembled at the Palace to start rehearsing. It was a larger then usual company for a vaudeville act because Judy had brought along seven male dancers from California. Most of them had worked with her in the "Get Happy" number in Summer Stock. There were other acts on the bill as well, so dressing rooms were at a premium.
I ended up in a little cubicle so high up in the flies that it made me dizzy to look down. When Judy learned that my dressing room was practically in another building, she was annoyed at the management.
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Sid, go ask Sol Schwartz if he can fix it for Hugh's room to be next to mine. I'll never use it. Is it big enough for you to dress in? Sid told me later when we were alone that it helped solve one of his greatest problems—Judy's insecurity. In my opinion and that of many others, Judy Garland was the greatest entertainer in the history of modern show business. But try to tell her that! In she felt like a failure, having just been fired by MGM, the only career home she had ever known.
A few months later, we are at Lon's going-away party, right before he leaves for Princeton. Warren tries to apologize to Rose, but she refuses to accept "Raving Beauty". At the party, Esther is formally introduced to John Truitt, pretending not to know who he is. She takes his hat and hides it in the piano. Agnes and Tootie have crept to the landing to see what was going on, and after being caught, perform a dance they do with Esther "Under the Bamboo Tree".
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Afterwards the guests leave, but Esther asks John if he would like to come with them to the Fairgrounds on Friday. He agrees, and then she asks him if he will help her turn off the lights, because she's afraid of the dark "Over the Bannister".
He leaves, leaving Esther slightly disappointed. After they leave, Katie asks the older sisters why they won't go out to the Halloween Social. They both respond that men are too bothersome and they'd rather not. Katie gives them some advice "Touch of the Irish". Immediately following the number, a scream is heard offstage. Tootie comes in with a bloody lip, saying John Truitt hit her.
When he comes by to ask if she's alright, Esther beats him up for hurting her little sister. Agnes enters soon after, telling what happened. They stuffed one of Katie's dresses so it looked like a body, then put it on the trolley tracks so when the motorman had to put on the brakes, the trolley would come off the tracks.
Tootie then reveals that it was not John who hurt her, but she fell.
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Esther is ashamed and goes to apologize to John. Smith comes home and breaks the news to the family that they are moving to New York. He thought the family would be happy, but they all are shocked and upset. He tries to convince them that it will be fun, but it doesn't work "A Day in New York".
They all exit, leaving Mr. Now it is winter and their last Christmas in St. Louis is fast approaching. Both Rose and Warren are left without dates. Rose didn't respond to Warren's proposal to the dance, so he decided to go with Lucille Ballard who is Lon's girlfriend.
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Esther and Katie persuade them to go with each other, and Rose and Esther make a plan to fill out Lucille's dance card with the worst people imaginable. Unfortunately, John Truitt comes by and tells Esther that he can't take her to the dance because his tuxedo is locked up in the tailor's.
Grandpa comes to the rescue, inviting Esther to the dance with him. At the ball, Lucille suggests that Warren and Rose and she and Lon be partners for the evening. Esther doesn't realize that, and ends up taking Lucille's dances. Lon leads everyone in a dance he learned at college "The Banjo". John comes, in his tuxedo, after calling every Jones in St.
Louis until he found who ran the shop.The Trolley Song
After the dance, John proposes to Esther, but she feels bad about it because he would have to give up going to college to be with her in New York "You Are for Loving".