How could you get any more classic with a showtune about traveling and transportation than the Trolley Song from Meet Me in St. Louis. Not only do you get classic, fun and gorgeous costumes, but you also get Judy Garland performing one of her most famous songs. I remember hearing this song and my mom having us sing a long to it when I was a little kid, but I never knew it was actually from a show. The Trolley Song from Meet Me in St. Louis is a classic song that just about everyone knows and the video is completely fun. It’s also one of the most well known and loved sing a long songs for everyone from kids who are in kindergarten to grown ups who are at piano bar sing a longs as well.
The Trolley Song from Meet Me In St. Louis is actually kind of annoying because it completely gets stuck in your head. At the same time, it’s also sort of a fun one to have stuck in your head because it is easy to sing a long to and somewhat easy to get rid of as well. Besides the song getting stuck in your head, there is one other reason I love the song, the video.
The video is one of my favorites. For some reason I always love old clothing and costuming with huge hats and overdone dresses. I don’t know if people would actually be dressed up as much to ride a trolley, but at the same time, I love the fact that the people on the trolley are actually dressed up enough to go to a small event, a brunch, a fundraiser or pretty much any other type of social event for the time period. When you think about it though, people may actually have dressed up that much if it was a sunday and to avoid having to walk and get their clothes dirty they may have taken public transportation like the trolley. The other thing that would sort of make sense is that the trolley may have been to expensive for everyone so maybe it was only upper middle class or wealthy people would ride it. Either way, The Trolley Song is one of the most well known showtunes about transportation and travel and that is why it made this list.
Since it’s Easter and I completely destroyed my Easter Bonnet for the JRs annual Easter Bonnet Contest, I figured I would do a post about a show that gets about as much talent and Easter as you can stuff into one showtune. When I think of Easter Showtunes or broadway shows for Easter, the first one that comes to mind, if it is around Easter is Petter Cottontail, but for the rest of the year it is Easter Parade starring Judy Garland and Fred Astaire.
Not only do these two amazing iconic Actors create an amazing show, but the singing, the dancing and the way that they can feed off of each other is absolutely incredible. When thinking about which song I was going to use for Easter, I was originally thinking Easter Parade from Easter Parade, but then when I was looking through the videos, I had to do the song Happy Easter.
In Happy Easter you see Fred Astaire dancing through a city singing Happy Easter to everyone. Then he goes into a hat shop and you see some amazing (not as good as the one I created) easter bonnets, then you see some gorgeous flowers and then he goes into a toy store with a kid that you think is a girl until he talks and Fred sings that he is a boy. It’s funny how clothing and hairstyles, etc… have changed since this film was created and the time when it was supposed to take place. I miss the old fur coats, giant jeweled earrings and mink stoles…but then again all you have to do is go to a drag show and you can still see them. Unfortunately they aren’t as good as Judy Garland and Fred Astaire pulling them off. Fred in the toy store is one of my favorite scenes from this movie.
When he starts tap dancing and actually taps with the drums while playing them and using his tap shoes as drum sticks, you can see why he is such an amazing performer. Tap dancing is fairly hard to do, but to combine playing the drums and tapping and singing with it, you have to be seriously talented. That is one of the reasons I love the song Happy Easter from Easter Parade and why it is the perfect Easter showtune for my post today. Judy Garland and Fred Astaire were amazing in this show and the amount of talent that they had was incredible.