My mom and I are season subscribers for The Muny. Every weekend this summer we head to the theatre in Forrest Park to fan ourselves with those cardboard squares stuck to popsicle sticks and take in some of the best theatre we can get in Missouri. Yesterday we saw Holiday Inn by Irving Berlin, directed by book writer Gordon Greenberg.
Before we made it to the theatre we had some extra time in St. Louis, so we hit up The Royale, an awesomely divey and chill bar/restaurant near Tower Grove Park. I had a Dark n Stormy and a burger, and my mom got their grilled cheese which is supposed to be the best in St. Louis.
The food and drinks were delicious and we both appreciated the laid back environment while we had our drinks and meal. We’ll definitely be back here, and are excited to sit out on their back patio when it isn’t so damn hot out.
This was only the second production of the musical, adapted from the film from the 40s. I couldn’t really get invested in the plot, but I loved the tap dance numbers and the gorgeous costumes, as well as the great performances by the whole cast. I spent years of my childhood and early teens tapping pretty seriously and planning on a dance career, and while that didn’t pan out due to a serious Achilles tendon injury, I still love seeing good dance and especially good tap onstage.
I was also excited to see Patti Murin perform again after being obsessed with Fly By Night, the off Broadway musical she starred in last summer. Now that the cast album has been released I listen to it almost every day and wish there was another production I could see. Her performance was great, and I always love seeing actors I like perform and supporting their new projects.