With just about a month until the Tony Awards (June 10, be there!), I decided to kick off a weekly series featuring some of the Broadway touches I’ve come to notice in the parks. As a theater fan, the discovery always leaves me giddy. (Go ahead, make fun.)
If you think about it, Walt Disney World is a theatrical experience all in itself — the costumes, the music, the “stage”, the story — except it’s an even better one because as a guest, you are right in the middle of the action.
To get things started, let me introduce you to Meet Me in St. Louis.
While Meet Me in St. Louis was staged for Broadway in 1989, it’s better known as the 1944 film directed by Vincente Minelli and starring Judy Garland, about a middle class family living in Missouri right around the time of the 1904 World’s Fair.
If you’re a holiday nut like I am, you may have heard Judy Garland’s version of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” which she performs in this movie. (Brings a tear to my eye, everytime.) You can also see a clip of this in The Family Stone with Sarah Jessica Parker. (Another movie that turns me to mush.)
The other well-known song from the flick is “The Trolley Song” — a delightful, upbeat tune that has a tendency of getting stuck in your head for long periods of time. (I’m warning you!) Written by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane, the song was nominated for an Academy Award in 1945.
Here’s the scene from the movie:
And here is “The Trolley Song” as part of the MAIN STREET TROLLEY SHOW in the Magic Kingdom (it starts around 2:35):
If you didn’t know the tune already, hopefully you’ll recognize it the next time you are visiting Magic Kingdom. Or perhaps it’s time for you to seek out the movie. It’s number 10 on AFI’s list of Greatest Movie Musicals!
Clang, clang went the trolley…