Rodgers and Hart’s musical adaptation of Julian F. Thompson’s The Warrior’s Husband was the songwriting team’s last full-length collaboration. A farcical battle of the sexes between Greek soldiers and Amazon warriors, By Jupiter featured several hit songs, including “Wait Till You See Her” and “Nobody’s Heart.” Directed by Joshua Logan, with choreography by Robert Alton, the first production opened on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre on June 3, 1942. The show ran for over a year, logging 427 performances – the longest Broadway run of any Rodgers & Hart musical. Over twenty years later, on January 19, 1967, a celebrated off-Broadway revival opened at Theatre Four, directed by Christopher Hewett and starring Bob Dishy.
An army of Greek warriors, led by Theseus and Hercules, sets off for the land of the Amazons on a mission to capture the Sacred Girdle of Diana, currently held by the Amazonian queen, Hippolyta. Upon their arrival, the warriors are dumbfounded to discover that, in this land, the women rule and do battle while the men mind the children and buy new hats. The Greeks are seized and hauled before the female council, who are initially confounded by the notion of equality for men. However, over the course of two hilarious acts, a dozen captivating Rodgers & Hart songs, and a meeting of the minds, romance blossoms and hearts inevitably meet.