After traveling through the American West, Baby Rose celebrates the joys of New York City, praising the city’s many attributes with a cowgirl flair.
Dolores and Gus humorously recall the drawbacks of their former relationship, enumerating the many indignities they had endured as a couple. Introduced by Grace McDonald and Rolly Pickert in the 1937 Broadway premiere of Babes in Arms, the playful song was not included in the musical’s 1939 film adaptation. Still, it grew to be a cherished standard, recorded by Judy … Read More
In the title number from Rodgers & Hart’s hit 1937 musical, Val and his teenage friends declare their independence and vow to prove their worth.
Opening the 1999 Encores! Season at New York City Center, Babes in Arms ran from February 11-14, directed by Kathleen Marshall with musical direction by Rob Fisher. The cast featured Donna McKechnie, Thommie Walsh, Don Correia and Priscilla Lopez as the parents of the “babes,” with the principle roles played by David Campbell, Erin Dilly, Melissa Rain Anderson, Christopher Fitzgerald, … Read More
When Valentine and Billie first meet, they experience an odd sensation of déjà vu. Introduced by Ray Heatherton and Mitzi Green in 1937, the song has become an American standard, recorded by a wide range of artists, including Count Basie, The Beach Boys, Dave Brubeck, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Barry Manilow, Johnny Mathis, Kenny Rogers, Frank Sinatra, … Read More
MGM’s film adaptation of Babes in Arms was released nationwide on October 13, 1939. Loosely based on the stage musical by Rodgers & Hart, the film dispensed with most songs from the original and replaced them with songs by other writers. (Only two Rodgers & Hart songs, the title number and “Where or When,” remained; “The Lady is a Tramp” … Read More
On April 14, 1937, just two weeks after its final preview in Boston, Rodgers and Hart’s Babes in Arms premiered on Broadway, introducing a trove of songs that would later be considered integral to the Great American Songbook. Directed by Robert B. Sinclair, choreographed by George Balanchine, and featuring Alfred Drake, Mitzi Green, Dana Hardwick, Ray Heatherton and the Nicholas … Read More
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