Originally presented on Broadway by the legendary Sam Harris, FACE THE MUSIC opened at the New Amsterdam Theater on February 17, 1932, and ran for 165 performances, before touring and then returning to Broadway’s Forty-Fourth Street Theater. Sharply satirical, its humor both timely and timeless, FACE THE MUSIC combined a piquant Moss Hart script with a superlative Irving Berlin score that featured such soon-to-be standards as “Let’s Have Another Cup Of Coffee,” “Soft Lights And Sweet Music,” the ground-breaking “Manhattan Madness,” and the utterly unique “I Say Its Spinach (And The Hell With It).”
After lying dormant for nearly seven decades, FACE THE MUSIC was lovingly and painstakingly restored by a team of musical archivists led by R&H Director of Music Bruce Pomahac. With an adaptation by David Ives, direction by John Rando and choreography by Randy Skinner, FACE THE MUSIC proved to be the discovery of the 14th season of City Center’s Encores!: Great American Musicals in Concert.
I had a, well, magical experience on Saturday night. Andy Einhorn, the indefatigable conductor and musical director of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA, invited me to sit in the orchestra pit of the Broadway Theatre during the performance. Because the pit is big enough, there is a space where, once the orchestra members are settled in their seats, a chair can be placed safely, between the bows of the violins and the constant instrument shifting of the woodwind section. Read more →
As I am now based in London, where Rodgers & Hammerstein is launching our own European theatrical licensing division – R&H Theatricals Europe – I had the great pleasure of hopping down to Madrid for 24 hours in late December, to see SONRISAS…, meet the cast and equally hardworking crew, and revel in a production of the timeless musical that seems to “bloom and grow forever” – and everywhere. Read more →
February 17, 1932
In 1932, FACE THE MUSIC opened in New York. The score included Irving Berlin's songs "Let's Have Another Cup of Coffee, "" ""Manhattan Madness,"" and ""Soft Lights and Sweet Music."""
October 24, 1904
In 1904, Moss Hart was born; playwright, director, and producer. Hart collaborated with Irving Berlin on the shows FACE THE MUSIC and AS THOUSANDS CHEER, created LADY IN THE DARK with Ira Gershwin and Kurt Weill, and also worked with Lorenz Hart and Richard Rodgers on the musical satire I'D RATHER BE RIGHT.
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FACE THE MUSIC - Pre-Production Pack
LIbretto-Vocal 10 PACK
A singing, dancing ensemble with many small roles.
Hal Reisman - a Broadway producer
Kit Baker a musical comedy actress
Pat Mason a musical comedy actor
Mrs. Myrtle Meshbesher a rich socialite
Martin Van Buren Meshbesher the Police Chief
O'Rourke a policeman
Joe Malarkey part of a genu-wine, A-number-one comical dancing team
Pickles Crouse the other part of a genu-wine, A-number-one comical dancing team
Streetwalker a woman who wants to sing a torch song
Rodney St. Clair a sensational baritone
ENSEMBLE (in order of appearance):
First Society Lady
Second Society Lady
Elizabeth Arden Manager
The Pratt Sisters
Booking Agent (Lou Shurr)
Federal Investigator (Agent Jones)
FACE THE MUSIC takes place in various locations in New York City, 1932.
The Automat, 47th and Broadway
Mr. Meshbesher's Office in the Empire State Building
All Over Town
Hal Reisman's Office, in front of the Palace Theatre
The Meshbeshers' Roof Terrace
Onstage at the Theatre
The Ballroom at Central Park Casino
The Police Station
Outside The Theatre
A Bench in Bryant Park
A Speakeasy in the Fifties
A Swanky Resort
The Federal Courthouse
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