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Babes in Arms (Beane Version)

Full-Length Musical, Comedy  /  4w, 6m

Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Book by Douglas Carter Beane
Based on the original by Rodgers & Hart

Rodgers & Hart’s quintessential “Hey, kids, let’s put on a show!” musical is revitalized with a fresh, witty and relevant script by acclaimed playwright Douglas Carter Beane.

Babes in Arms (Beane Version)

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    4w, 6m
  • Duration
    Duration
    105 Minutes
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Romantic Comedy
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Appropriate for all audiences

Details

Summary
Rodgers & Hart’s Babes in Arms, with a fresh, witty and relevant script by acclaimed playwright Douglas Carter Beane, is the quintessential “Hey, kids, let’s put on a show” musical, boasting one of the greatest scores ever written. With delightful production numbers and classic Broadway tunes, Babes in Arms tells the story of a plucky group of young artists who want to produce and perform a musical... in a barn!
History
Babes in Arms premiered on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre on 14 April 1937, starring Ray Heatherton, Wynn Murray, Alfred Drake, Mitzi Green and the Nicholas Brothers. The show later transferred to the Majestic Theatre, playing a total of 289 performances. This version of Babes in Arms, with a new book by Douglas Carter Beane, premiered at the Forestburgh Playhouse in Forestburgh, New York on 24 August 2021. Directed by Beane, the production featured Jeffrey Marc Alkins, M.L. Catwell, Aliza Ciara, Tia Karaplis, Dan Kelly, GraceAnn Kontak, Joseph Monseur, Logan Schmucker, Liat Shuflita and Eric Siegle.

VAL LAMAR – Our Hero. A director, a believer in democracy. Earnest and eager, he fancies himself a serious director, a gifted writer... someone who is going to take the world by storm. Very group theater, off in the wilds forging a fearless new theater in dungarees. What he lacks is the order (that Marshall gives him) and the nerve (that Billie gives him). Race will be an issue, so he should be white. Plays piano, guitar, sax and trombone.
BILLIE SMITH – Our Heroine. A homeless girl. There was a phenomenon in the Depression of runaway girls riding the rails. Tramps. It will be great to explore and honor them. Billie has kickass survival skills and some serious wiseass comments. And she teaches Val and the gang to stand up for themselves. What Val teaches her is how to stand by others, to be a part of a community. Bit of a tomboy. Plays guitar and piano.
DELORIS REYNOLDS – A girl with a lot of flirt. But strong-willed, determined to make democracy happen. Smart ass. She is on again, off again with Gus. In this draft, she is of Phillipina descent. If she is of another background, her father’s speech should be translated accordingly. Plays guitar, piano and ukulele.
BABY ROSE – “As long as America has Shirley Temple, we will be all right.” – FDR. A retired child star. One of the ones that got America through the worst of the Depression and are discarded for becoming young women. Fame obsessed. A lovely mix of a teenage Shirley Temple and Jane Withers. Equal parts Moira Rose, Marilyn Monroe and Norma Desmond. Must have a big belt voice.
MITZI – The sheriff’s daughter and a chorus girl. Sarcastic as hell. Dry sense of humor. Plays guitar.
MARSHALL MITCHELL – Val’s best friend, Black, an organizer, a great dancer.
GUS MITCHELL – Marshall’s brother and a guy who believes might is right. As good a dancer as his brother. Very good singer. On again, off again with Deloris Reynolds.
PETEY – A comedian, the box office manager, and a Communist. Plays piano, guitar and melodica.
LINCOLN VANDERPOOL – Company manager and a capitalist. Plays violin. Also the voice of Walter Winchell.
BOOKER – A member of the gang, but also gives us a wild ensemble of crazy characters. There is the voice of the Sheriff. There is Beau, a.k.a. Lee Beauregard Calhoun, the investor – a young man with old money, Southern affectation and racist views. And he plays Rene Flambeau, the famed French aviator and a drunken “fellow traveler.” He also plays guitar.

  • Time Period 1930s
  • Setting A barn. Long Island, NY. 1937.
  • Features Period Costumes
  • Duration 105 Minutes

Music

Overture – Orchestra
“Where or When” – Val, Billie
“Babes in Arms” – Val & Ensemble
“I Wish I Were in Love Again” – Gus, Deloris
“Skeet Skedaddle” – Marshall and Gus
“Way Out West” – Baby Rose, Quartet & Ensemble
“My Funny Valentine” – Billie
“Johnny One Note” – Baby Rose
“The Lady Is a Tramp” – Billie
“Imagine” – Baby Rose & Val
“Imagine (Reprise)” – Lincoln, Petey, Val, Baby Rose & Ensemble
“All at Once” – Val
“Imagine Ballet” – Ensemble
“The Lady Is a Tramp (Reprise)” – Billie & Val
“Finale: Babes in Arms/Where or When” – Company
  • Musical Style Classic Broadway

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Authors

Richard Rodgers

Richard Rodgers' contribution to the musical theatre of his day was extraordinary, and his influence on the musical theatre of today and tomorrow is legendary. His career spanned more than six decades, his hits ranging from the silver screens of Hollywood to the bright light ...

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Lorenz Hart

Lorenz Hart was born in New York City on May 2, 1895, the oldest of two sons of Frieda and Max Hart. Hart graduated from Columbia Grammar School and attended the Columbia School of Journalism. In the late teens a mutual friend introduced Hart to composer Richard Rodgers. Rodg ...

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Douglas Carter Beane

Douglas Carter Beane was Artistic Director for Drama Dept. at the Greenwich House for ten years. As director/writer his current projects include the musical Hood (score by Lewis Flinn, Dallas Theater Center), Noel Coward’s Me and The Girls (reading at Roundabout, being develo ...

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