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Babes in Arms (Guare Version)

A group of teenagers are left without adult supervision when their folks hit the vaudeville summer circuit, and the local sheriff is determined to send the loafers to a work farm.

  • Full Length Musical
  • Comedy

  • Time Period: 1930s
  • Target Audience: Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18), Adult, Senior
  • Set Requirements: Unit Set/Multiple Settings

  • Performance Group:
  • Community Theatre, High School/Secondary, Professional Theatre, College Theatre / Student, Church / Religious Groups
The 1937 version of Rodgers & Hart's BABES IN ARMS is the quintessential 'Hey, kids, let's put on a show!' musical, boasting one of the greatest scores ever written.

A group of teenagers are left without adult supervision when their folks hit the vaudeville summer circuit, and the local sheriff is determined to send the loafers to a work farm. But the determined kids talk the sheriff into a two-week reprieve, just enough time to produce their own show and prove their mettle. The son of a wealthy Southerner agrees to bankroll the production but only on the condition that the two black kids (roles created by the legendary Nicholas Brothers) not appear in the show. The other kids are outraged, but of course the show must go on and does, in a succession of comeuppance, reconciliation and romance.

The old-fashioned virtues of a 30's musical comedy are peppered with socio-political issues which have remained resonant for more than six decades, and which later became the hallmark of Rodgers' collaboration with Hammerstein. But it's the sophisticated jocularity that make his musicals with Hart utterly unique, propelling these talented teens in their onward march toward self-discovery.

The 1959 adaptation by George Oppenheimer is also available. Please specify which version you would like when ordering.


"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
Premiere Production: In 1937 Rodgers & Hart's musical Babes in Arms had its New York premier at the Shubert Theatre before moving to the Majestic Theatre for a total of 289 performances.
  • Casting: 12M, 5F
  • Casting Attributes: Features Teens, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle), Roles for Children
  • Chorus Size: Small/Medium

VAL LaMAR - our hero
BILLIE SMITH - our heroine
MARSHALL BLACKSTONE - Val's best friend
DOLORES REYNOLDS - the Sheriff's daughter
GUS FIELDING - a forceful friend of the Sheriff's daughter
BABY ROSE - a former Hollywood child star
IRVING de QUINCY - half of an Afro-American dance team
IVOR de QUINCY - his little brother, the other half of the dance team
PETER - who believes in Communism
LEE CALHOUN - the son of a rich Southern Colonel
BEAUREGARD CALHOUN - his little brother
THE GANG - Boys and Girls of the Ensemble
DAN LaMAR - Val's dad, a vaudevillian
MAIZIE LaMAR - Val's mom, a vaudevillian
NAT BLACKSTONE - Marshall's dad, a vaudevillian
EMMA BLACKSTONE - Marshall's mom, a vaudevillian
SHERIFF REYNOLDS - Dolores' father
RENE FLAMBEAU - a French aviator
PHIL McCABE - a radio announcer

Name Price
Perusal Material Shipped immediately. This is optional. Order Now

1 x Libretto/Vocal Book
1 x Piano Conductor Score

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 Conductor Score

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 Conductor Scores

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

1 x Piano Conductor Score
1 x Piano I
1 x Piano II
1 x Reed I (Flute and Piccolo)
1 x Reed II (Oboe and English Horn)
1 x Reed III (Alto Sax and Clarinet)
1 x Reed IV (Alto Sax, Flute, Clarinet)
1 x Reed V (Tenor Sax and Clarinet)
1 x Reed VI (Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Bassett Horn [Opt.])
1 x Trumpet I
1 x Trumpet II
1 x Trumpet III
1 x Trombone
1 x Drums/Percussion (1 Player)
1 x Violin I (Divisi)
1 x Violin II (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