Imagine

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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.

Johnny One-Note

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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

My Funny Valentine

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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

Way Out West

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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.

I Wish I Were In Love Again

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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

Babes in Arms

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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.

Where or When

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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

Bill

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Julie sings this bittersweet ballad of love and memory at an audition, emotionally recalling her own lost love. The song was originally written by Jerome Kern and P.G. Wodehouse for their musical comedy Oh Lady! Lady!!, but it was deemed too melancholy for the show. Repurposed by Oscar Hammerstein as an audition song in Show Boat, the song, though charming … Read More

Why Do I Love You?

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Despite some challenges in their relationship – primarily, Ravenal’s compulsion to gamble on card games – Magnolia and Ravenal express their continued love for one another.

You Are Love

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In this ravishing love song, Magnolia and Ravenal declare their devotion to one another. Though Show Boat was daring and experimental in many ways, the show also incorporated familiar elements of traditional operetta, and “You Are Love” – both lyrically and musically – is a prime example of a operetta staple: the soaring lover’s duet.