From February 11 to 14, 1999, New York City Center’s Encores! series presented a limited-run revival of Babes in Arms under the direction of Kathleen Marshall. The cast, including David Campbell, Perry Laylon Ojeda, Erin Dilly, Melissa Rain Anderson, Matthew Ballinger, Kevin Cahoon, Christopher Fitzgerald, Scott Irby-Ranniar, Cartier Anthony Williams, Shaun Powell and Jessica Stone, recorded this album on August … Read More
On June 5, 1989, a pared-down concert presentation of Babes in Arms was performed at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall. With narration replacing most of the original dialogue, the concert featured a simplified song list. The cast for this special event included Judy Blazer, Gregg Edelman, Jason Graae, Donna Kane and Judy Kaye.
Led by Mary Martin and Jack Cassidy, this studio recording of Rodgers and Hart’s Babes in Arms, released on March 21, 1952, features all the songs from the original Broadway hit. Fresh from her success in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific, Mary Martin was beloved by theatre audiences. Under the musical direction of Lehman Engel, she sang several of the … Read More
Hailed as one of the finest musical comedies of its era, Babes in Arms introduced several songs into the American Songbook, including “My Funny Valentine,” “The Lady is a Tramp,” “Where or When,” “Johnny One-Note” and “I Wish I Were in Love Again.” The quintessential “let’s put on a show” musical was adapted into a hit MGM film starring Judy … Read More
On-again, off-again sweethearts Gus and Dolores express their complicated feelings for one another in this comical “lovers’ spat” number.
With its witty, ironic Lorenz Hart lyric and unforgettable Richard Rodgers melody, “The Lady Is a Tramp” has earned a place of honor in the Great American Songbook. A playful satire of New York’s high society, the song embraces simplicity and skewers pretention. Notable artists who have recorded the song include Shirley Bassey, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, Bing Crosby, … Read More
Part of Rodgers & Hart’s original 1937 score to Babes in Arms, this flirtatious duet about growing up was introduced by Mitzi Green and Ray Heatherton. In the song, Val and Billie look back on the highlights of their lives, playfully remarking that their falling in love was inevitable.
After a long day of working on the farm, Baby Rose and the gang fantasize about an easier life. This jaunty number made its debut in the original 1937 Broadway production of Babes in Arms, but was not included in the 1939 film.
This charming novelty number, introduced by Wynn Murray in 1937, tells the story of a forceful, if monotonous, young opera singer. A hit in the stage version of Babes in Arms, “Johnny One-Note” was not included in the 1939 film adaptation, though Judy Garland later sang it in the 1948 Rodgers & Hart biopic Words and Music. A favorite with … Read More
First sung by Mitzi Green in the 1937 Broadway debut of Babes in Arms, “My Funny Valentine” is undoubtedly one of the most famous entries in the Great American Songbook. In the context of the musical, the lyric concerns Valentine “Val” LaMar, the show’s charming but “slightly dopey” protagonist. But the song’s gender-neutral lyrics, referencing the subject’s charms and endearing … Read More
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