When “Meet Me in St. Louis” opens on the Muny stage later this summer, there’ll be a few new tunes joining beloved classics such as “The Trolley Song,” “The Boy Next Door,” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” Veteran Broadway director and writer Gordon Greenberg is revising the production—on the Muny stage for the eighth time—which runs Aug. 4 to 12. New songs include “Boys and Girls Like You and Me,” a song written by Rodgers & Hammerstein for “Oklahoma!” and then recorded for, but ultimately cut from, the movie version of “Meet Me In St. Louis.” Another addition is the first stage use of “You and I,” a song in the film by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed. “Meet Me in St. Louis” is the finale to The Muny’s 100th season. More tickets and more information, visit muny.org.
A few of The Muny’s “Meet Me in St. Louis” productions over the years (photos courtesy of The Muny)
Everything’s coming up rosé this month—that’s the idea behind Rosé Day in St. Louis, a fundraising event that brings together local organizations that work to empower women in the community. The annual festival, held every third Saturday in May, celebrates the arrival of summer, as well as the pink-hued wine that’s become a staple for warmer months.This year’s event takes place in the Central West End on May 19, from noon to 6 p.m. Festival-goers will be treated to 10 rosé wine tasting stations throughout the neighborhood, as well as live music, shopping, street artists and other fun activities. In addition, CWE boutiques and restaurants will be offering sidewalk deals along the festival path, which begins at Maryland Plaza.
Tickets for the event are $35, and includes a “walkable” wine glass, a “passport” and map to the tasting stations. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit Fifty Roses Foundation, which raises funds and awareness for organizations such as Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis Women’s Build, Safe Connections, Lydia’s House, Planned Parenthood of Southeast Missouri, Sista Strut, Center for Women in Transition, Crisis Nursery, Hawthorne Leadership School for Girls, Magdalene St. Louis and St. Louis Ovarian Cancer Awareness. Visit rosedaySTL.com for tickets and more information.
We salute this year’s honorees of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis’ Salute to Women in Leadership awards, including Lifetime Achievement awardees singer Martha Reeves, pastor Shirley Caesar, Urban One’s Cathy Hughes, Alpha Kappa Alpha’s Dorothy Wilson, Delta Sigma Theta’s Beverly Smith and Zeta Phi Beta’s Mary Wright. Other distinguished honorees are: KSDK’s Alicia Elsner, KMOV’s Courtney Bryant, East St. Louis Mayor Emeka Hicks, Monsanto’s Jan Holloway, artist Karen Jones, Wells Fargo’s Laraine Davis, evangelist Mary Tillman, Southside Wellness Center’s Ollie Stewart, arts advocate Sara Burke, Fox 2’s Shirley Washington, and the Urban League’s Brenda McDuffie, Kristina Hazley and Cynthia Thompson. A dinner gala in celebration of the recipients will be held June 15 at the Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel. For more information, visit urbanleague-stl.org.
Ten dedicated, longtime community volunteers will be recognized at this month’s Women of Achievement luncheon. The Class of 2018 honorees include: Karen Anderson (Civic Responsibility), Teka Childress (Community Betterment), Shannon Marie Diekemper (Humanitarian Concerns), Victoria Dolan (Caring and Compassion), Judy Draper (Multicultural Awareness), Rachel Ebeling (Music Therapy Advocacy), Kim Hutton (Family Empowerment), Tammy Iskarous (Social Enterprise), Marilyn Ratkin (Social Justice), Risa Wrighton (Impactful Leadership). The luncheon at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis takes place May 15, with Phyllis Langsdorf and Dr. Eva Frazer as co-chairs.
An award-winning journalist recognized for her media leadership and for promoting diversity, Trish Muyco-Tobin has more than 20 years of experience in print and broadcasting. She is also a dedicated community volunteer, and proudly serves on the boards of the St. Louis Press Club, Friends of Character Plus, and the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis.