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StageStruck Film Screenings

// Monday, Jan 1, 12am ET

StageStruck Film Screenings

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Join us for exclusive screenings of the classic movie musicals Singin' in the Rain (May 14) and Meet Me in St. Louis (May 15). Film screenings will feature Q&A opportunities and discussions with film historian Patricia Ward Kelly, Gene Kelly's widow and official biographer, and Judy Garland's daughter Lorna Luft, who is a celebrated American actress and singer.


Register online for free, general admission tickets:

  • The May 14 screening of Singin' in the Rain in the Tarkington is limited to 6 tickets per household.
  • The May 15 screening of Meet Me in St. Louis in the Palladium is limited to 8 seats per household.


For groups of 10 or more or for individuals needing accessible seating, please email or call 317.843.3800 to reserve a block of assigned seats.


May 14 - Singin' in the Rain featuring Patricia Ward Kelly (The Tarkington)

About the film:

One of the most beloved movie musicals of all time is also one of the greatest films about moviemaking ever made. Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor, and Debbie Reynolds star as a trio of performers who weather the transition from silent cinema to talking pictures with humor and a wealth of dazzling musical numbers. Kelly teamed up with Stanley Donen to direct the witty script by Adolph Green and Betty Comden, with dialogue as memorable as the classic songs.


About Patricia Ward Kelly

Gene Kelly’s official biographer, film historian Patricia Ward Kelly, brings a unique perspective to her work: she is the definitive source on all things relating to her legendary husband. On her way to completing his comprehensive memoir, Patricia wrote, constructed, and now performs two shows about Gene Kelly, both of which have played to sold-out houses around the world. Patricia is a sought-after speaker on television, at film festivals, in schools and theaters, and has written for prestigious publications, including The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, and Los Angeles MagazinePatricia also preserves and catalogs The Gene Kelly Archives, continues her husband’s crusade of cultural acceptance of men dancing as a patron of the Phoenix Boys organization, and uses his work to educate and promote the value of “thinking differently” through The ADHD Neurodiversity Foundation. 


Entry and timeline for May 14 screening:

5:45 p.m.: Lobby doors open | Patricia Ward Kelly available to meet & greet attendees

6:15 p.m.: Prescreening presentation with Patricia Ward Kelly

7:00 p.m.: Screening of Singin' in the Rain (approximately one hour and 43 minutes)

8:45 p.m.: Post screening Q&A with Patricia Ward Kelly*


*Patricia Ward Kelly will be available to meet and greet with attendees pre and post screening.


May 15 - Meet Me in St. Louis featuring Lorna Luft (The Palladium)

About the film: 

Meet Me in St. Louis is a classic MGM romantic musical comedy that focuses on four sisters (one of whom is the nonpareil Judy Garland) on the cusp of the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair. The film spotlights the sisters' education in the ways of the world, which includes, but isn't limited to, learning about life and love, courtesy of the prototypical boy next door. In the end, love — accompanied by song, dance and period costumes, all in glorious Technicolor — conquers all.


About Lorna Luft:

Born to the legendary Judy Garland and producer Sid Luft, Lorna began her career on her mother’s TV show at the age of eleven.  She went on to perform on Broadway in Promises, Promises; Snoopy, the Musical; and Extremities.  She has performed in domestic and international productions of They’re Playing Our Song; Guys and Dolls; Grease; The Wizard of Oz; Holiday Inn; and White Christmas.  She appeared on film and TV in Grease 2; Where the Boys Are (’84); and Trapper John, M.D.  Lorna co-produced Life with Judy Garland, the Emmy-winning miniseries based on her memoir Me and My Shadows.  Her latest book, A Star Is Born: Judy Garland and the Film that Got Away was released on September 18 to rave reviews.  She also celebrates her mother’s songbook in a one-woman show and CD, Songs My Mother Taught Me. 


Entry and timeline for May 15 screening:

5:45 p.m.: Lobby doors open 

6:15 p.m.: Prescreening Q&A and discussion with Lorna Luft

7:00 p.m.: Screening of Meet Me in St. Louis (approximately one hour and 53 minutes)


Additional Event Information

StageStruck! 2024

Both screenings are part of a mini-festival of the Hollywood musical coinciding with the 2024 StageStruck! conference exploring Nostalgia and the Hollywood Musical. Learn more about the conference.


In addition to the screening and discussions with industry guests, attendees will have the opportunity to view treasured artifacts from the Songbook Library & Archives and browse newly published books authored by some of the visiting StageStruck conference presenters and exploring the evolution of Hollywood.


The Songbook Foundation would like to thank the City of Carmel for their generous support of this conference and the coinciding film screenings open to the public.


Parking and Accessibility

View the current parking map on our Parking page. Accessible parking spaces are available along the South Loop drive between the Palladium and the Tarkington and in the self-park garages. Access further venue accessibility information.


Wheelchair accessible seating is located in various sections of the venues. Aisle seats with moveable armrests to accommodate transfers are also available throughout the Palladium and the Tarkington. Guests with walkers will be able to “check” their walker in a designated parking area. All tickets for accessible seating may be reserved by phone at 317.843.3800, online and in person at the Fifth Third Bank Box Office.


Assisted Listening and Captioning

Assisted-listening devices are available free of charge on a first-come first-served basis and may be requested upon arrival by speaking with an usher or any Front of House staff. The film will be screened with captions for this event and a full transcript is available upon request by emailing by May 10, 2024.


Group Reservations

To help us better serve your group, please include the following details in your request when you email or call 317.843.3800 to make your reservation.

  • Number of Tickets: Due to the expected popularity of this program, groups are limited to 20 tickets.
  • Bus Parking: Bus parking is available in front of the building and on 3rd Avenue.
  • Accessible Seating: Please note need for wheelchair accessible seating for group members.