Babes in Arms (Oppenheimer Version)
Babes in Arms (Oppenheimer Version)
Music by Rodgers, Richard | Lyrics by Lorenz Hart | Book by George Oppenheimer | Based on the original by Rodgers & Hart
This quintessential 'Hey, kids, let's put on a show!' musical boasts one of the greatest scores ever written. Set at a summer stock theatre, the plot concerns a group of young apprentices and their conviction to mount the original revue they've created while dodging the underhanded attempts of the surly theatre owner to squash their efforts at every turn. Further complications are provided by the overbearing stage mother of a beautiful ex-child star and the inflated ego of a hack southern playwright. But of course the show must go on, and so it does in a resolution of comeuppance, reconciliation and romance. This version is the 1959 adaptation by George Oppenheimer. The Original 1937 version is also available. Please specify which version you would like when ordering.
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Trivia for Babes in Arms (Oppenheimer Version)

In 1895 Lorenz Milton Hart was born in New York City. In 1918 he was introduced to Richard Rodgers, and they collaborate on twenty six Broadway musicals over the next two decades, including A CONNECTICUT YANKEE (1927), BABES IN ARMS (1937), I MARRIED AN ANGEL (1938), THE BOYS FROM SYRACUSE (1938), PAL JOEY (1940), and BY JUPITER (1942).

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"The show is charming, the numbers sizzle, what more can you ask?" — The Cincinnati Enquirer, January 01, 1998
"A score that is altogether superb...fresh, youthful, and utterly captivating." — The New York Times, January 01, 1937
"Pace, humor and presence that belies its age...there hasn't been a musical written in this decade with anywhere near as many first class numbers." — The Day, January 01, 2007
"Pace, humor and presence that belies its age...there hasn't been a musical written in this decade with anywhere near as many first class numbers." — The Day, January 01, 1986
"It is cheering to rediscover the authentic joys of this 1937 Rodgers and Hart musical. An exhilarating hymn to youth... Hart's acerbic wit perfectly counterpoints Rodgers' innate romanticism, and his lyrics are a triumph of ingenious wordplay." — Michael Billington, The Guardian, January 01, 2007
"A pleasant outing featuring one of Broadway's most memorable scores."

— Jonas Schwartz — Jonas Schwartz, Theatermania, January 01, 2003

"BABES IN ARMS is almost too enjoyable for a theatergoer's good!" — Ben Brantley, The New York Times, January 01, 1999

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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.

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Rental Materials for Babes in Arms (Oppenheimer Version)


  • BABES IN ARMS (OPPENHEIMER) - Orchestration - (14 Books)
    • 1 – Piano-Vocal
    • 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 "Materials Notes", under "Production Information")
    • 1 – Violin A-B (Divisi)
    • 1 – Viola (Divisi)
    • 1 – Cello (Divisi)
    • 1 – Bass
  • BABES IN ARMS (OPPENHEIMER) - Rehearsal Set - (22 Books)
    • 20 – Libretto-Vocal
    • 1 – Logo CD
    • 2 – Piano-Vocal
    • 0 – Digital Logo


  • BABES IN ARMS (OPPENHEIMER) - Libretto-Vocal 10-Pack - (10 Books)
    • 10 – Libretto-Vocal
  • BABES IN ARMS (OPPENHEIMER) - Pre-Production Pack - (2 Books)
    • 1 – Libretto-Vocal
    • 1 – Piano-Vocal

Cast Requirements for Babes in Arms (Oppenheimer Version)

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
Terry Thompson
Gus Field
Valentine White
Susie Ward
Seymour Fleming
Bunny Bryon
Lee Calhoun
Phyllis Owen
Steve Edwards

Set Requirements for Babes in Arms (Oppenheimer Version)

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

Materials Notes

Trap Set, Timpani, Bells, Wood or Temple Blocks, Triangle, Cow Bell

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