Want to feel younger, instantly? Head to the Covedale on Cincinnati’s West Side for Meet Me in St. Louis. If this nostalgic show, based on the 1944 Judy Garland film and full of playful tunes like “Skip to My Lou” and “Under the Bamboo Tree,” doesn’t make you feel like a kid again, the audience will. Gray heads were wall to wall on opening night. After seven years, Cincinnati Landmark Productions knows how to please its audiences.
Most Covedale productions could be mistaken for those at an above-average high school.
Meet Me in St. Louis does not dispel that impression, but there is talent on this stage.
It’s 1903 and all five Smith children have plans, romantic and otherwise, dependent on the World’s Fair coming their way the following summer. Father has other ideas: He’s taking a promotion and moving the family to New York City after Christmas. We know this tragedy will be averted, just as we know Tootie (the adorable Alyson O’Connell) will outgrow her morbid phase and stop burying dolls in the backyard. This is musical theater at its most reassuring, with an ad for the Cincinnati streetcar as a bonus.
Through Oct. 18. Get show details and read Julie York Coppens' full review here.