Cast Size: Small (1-10) • Medium (5-21). Vocal Demands: Easy • Moderate. Dance Requirements: Some Dancing Required • Minimal. Good For: Elementary School • High School • College/University • Amateur/Community • Professional Theatre • Religious Organization.
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— Jonas Schwartz — Jonas Schwartz, Theatermania, January 01, 2003
Which came first: groups of kids getting together to put on a show, or BABES IN ARMS, the 1937 Rodgers & Hart musical about a group of kids getting together to put on a show? It’s a fair bet that, for generations, enthusiastic stage struck kids gathered together searching for an outlet to perform. But it was in 1937, with their classic script and glorious score, that Rodgers & Hart coined the now-famous phrase, "Hey, kids, let’s put on a show!"
Its score is, without a doubt, musical comedy's finest: Where Or When, Johnny One Note, I Wish I Were In Love Again, The Lady Is A Tramp, Babes In Arms, My Funny Valentine... however the script, as penned by Rodgers & Hart, fell into obscurity.
It was a script revised by George Oppenheimer in 1959 under the supervision of Richard Rodgers which became the version licensed by R&H from then on. That same version, first mounted at the Royal Poinciana Playhouse in Palm Beach starring Julie Wilson, has been presented across the country and through the decades with success at such prestigious venues as the Goodspeed Opera House (featuring Andrea McArdle) in 1979 as well as countless high schools, community and summer stock theatres.
Vocal Range of Characters:
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- Orchestration Package (14 Books)
- 1 – PIANO VOCAL SCORE
- 1 – PIANO
- 1 – REED I (Alto Sax, Clarinet (Optional Flute, Optional Piccolo))
- 1 – REED II (Tenor Sax and Clarinet)
- 1 – REED III (Alto Sax, Clarinet)
- 1 – REED IV (Tenor Sax and Bass Clarinet)
- 1 – TRUMPET I-II
- 1 – TRUMPET III
- 1 – TROMBONE
- 1 – PERCUSSION (see list below)
- 1 – VIOLIN A-B (Divisi)
- 1 – VIOLA (Divisi)
- 1 – CELLO (Divisi)
- 1 – BASS
- Rehearsal Set (22 Books)
- 20 – Libretto/Vocal Books
- 1 – Logo CD
- 2 – PIANO VOCAL SCORE
- 0 – Digital Logo
- Libretto/Vocal Books 1
- 10 – Libretto/Vocal Books
- BABES (OPPENHEIMER) - PRE-PRODUCTION PACKAGE
- 1 – Libretto/Vocal Books
- 1 – PIANO VOCAL SCORE
3 Young Women
6 Young Men
2 Adult Men
4 Young Men
Singing-dancing ensemble consisting of the Gang.
(in order of appearance)
The Press Agent
BABES IN ARMS takes place at The Surf and Sand Playhouse during the summer of 1959.
Exterior of The Surf and Sand Playhouse
Section of the Playhouse Stage
The Old Barn
Bedroom at the Inn
Behind the Playhouse Curtain
A Country Road