1954 Broadway Revival

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1954 Broadway Revival

Music by Richard Rodgers | Lyrics by Lorenz Hart | Book by Rodgers & Hart and George Abbott

The first Broadway revival of On Your Toes, directed by George Abbott and choreographed by Goerge Balanchine, opened on October 11, 1954 at the 46th Street Theatre, where it ran for 64 performances. The show starred Bobby Van and Vera Zorina. Elaine Stritch, playing the role of Peggy Porterfield, sang the newly interpolated song “You Took Advantage of Me,” originally written for Rodgers & Hart’s 1928 musical Present Arms.

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Released on Decca Records, this cast recording from the 1954 Broadway revival of On Your Toes features Bobby Van and Kay Coulter, along with Ben Astar, Joshua Shelley and Vera Zorina. But it’s Elaine Stritch who steals the show as Peggy, singing two numbers from the original score plus one additional Rodgers & Hart song, “You Took Advantage of Me.”