Paper Mill Playhouse artistic director Mark Hoebee, who also staged St. Louis for the New Jersey company in 2007, reunites with much of the creative team from that production including choreographer Denis Jones. Performances run through Oct. 11. After concluding the recent Off-Broadway production of Vanities, Van der Pol will inhabit the role of Esther Smith for TUTS audiences, the role made famous by Judy Garland in the 1944 film. Portraying John Truitt, the "boy next door," will be Barrymore-winning actor Brian Hissong.
The cast also features Drama Desk nominee Lynne Wintersteller (Closer Than Ever) as Mrs. Smith, Jacqueline Touchet as Tootie, Abigail Moorhead as Agnes, Joseph Kolinski (Titanic) as Mr. Smith, Julia Osborne as Rose Smith, J.B. Adams (Parade) as Grandpa, Zach Frank (Happy Days) as Lon, Colin Israel (Mamma Mia, Thrill Me) as Warren and Patti Mariano (42nd Street) as Katie.
The ensemble comprises Ashley Arcement, Tommy Berklund, Elliott Bradley, Monica Bradley, Alicia Charles, Dana Domenick, Tony Neidenbach, Dennis O'Bannion, Ed Romanoff, Dani Spieler, Kristin Warren, Dru Peacock Wiser, Kristin Warren, Sydney Crofton, Monica Bradley, Monica Brown, Kristina Kee and Barry Busby.
Meet Me in St. Louis is designed by Richard Winkler (lighting design), Kit Bond (sound design) and Thom Heyer (costume design). Scenic designs, originally created by Rob Bissinger for the Paper Mill run, will be used. Music direction is by Jeff Rizzo.
Meet Me in St. Louis has a book by Hugh Wheeler and a score by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane. Popular songs from the stage production include "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "The Boy Next Door" and "The Trolley Song."
For tickets phone (888) 558-3882 or visit TUTS.