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Babes in Arms (Oppenheimer Version)

This quintessential 'Hey, kids, let's put on a show!' musical boasts one of the greatest scores ever written.

  • Full Length Musical
  • Comedy

  • Time Period: 1950s
  • Target Audience: Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18), Children (Age 6 - 10), Appropriate for all audiences
  • Set Requirements: Unit Set/Multiple Settings

  • Performance Group:
  • Community Theatre, Jr High/Primary, High School/Secondary, Professional Theatre, College Theatre / Student, Church / Religious Groups
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.

REVIEWS:

"BABES IN ARMS is almost too enjoyable for a theatergoer's good!"

Ben Brantley The New York Times

"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

"A score that is altogether superb...fresh, youthful, and utterly captivating."

The New York Times

"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

"A pleasant outing featuring one of Broadway's most memorable scores."

— Jonas Schwartz

Jonas Schwartz Theatermania

"The show is charming, the numbers sizzle, what more can you ask?"

The Cincinnati Enquirer
  • Casting: 12M, 3F
  • Casting Attributes: Features Teens, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
  • Chorus Size: Small/Medium

  • MAIZIE LaMAR
    DAN LaMAR
    VAL LaMAR
    NAT BLACKSTONE
    EMMA BLACKSTONE
    MARSHALL BLACKSTONE
    BILLIE SMITH
    SHERIFF REYNOLDS
    GUS FIELDING
    BOOKER VANDERPOOL
    PINKIE
    LEE CALHOUN
    BEAUREGARD CALHOUN
    SAM REYNOLDS
    DOLORES REYNOLDS
    LINCOLN VANDEPOOL
    PETER
    BABY ROSE
    IVOR DE QUINCY
    IRVING DE QUINCY
    RENE FLAMBEAU
    PHIL McCABE
    DR. SNYDER
    BOBBY
    ELENORE
    THE GANG
  • Name Price
    Perusal Material Shipped immediately. This is optional. Order Now

    1 x Libretto/Vocal Book
    1 x Piano Vocal Score

    $24.00
    Pre-Production Pack Shipped upon receipt of a signed License Agreement and full payment of all invoices. This is optional.

    1 x Libretto/Vocal Book
    1 x Piano Vocal Score

    $75.00
    Rehearsal Material Shipped a minimum of 3 months before the last performance. This must be hired as a condition of the License to produce this show.

    20 x Libretto/Vocal Books
    2 x Piano Vocal Score

    $550.00 +$135.00/pm
    Orchestral Material Shipped a minimum of 1 month before the last performance. This is optional.

    1 x Piano Vocal Score
    1 x Piano
    1 x Reed I (Alto Sax, Clarinet (Optional Flute, Optional Piccolo))
    1 x Reed II (Tenor Sax and Clarinet)
    1 x Reed III (Alto Sax, Clarinet)
    1 x Reed IV (Tenor Sax and Bass Clarinet)
    1 x Trumpet I-II
    1 x Trumpet III
    1 x Trombone
    1 x Percussion
    1 x Violin A-B (Divisi)
    1 x Viola (Divisi)
    1 x Cello (Divisi)
    1 x Bass

    $350.00 +$135.00/pm
    Lib/Vocal Book 10 Pack Shipped with (or after) Rehearsal Material. This is optional.

    10 x Libretto/Vocal Books

    $50.00 +$50.00/pm