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Rodgers & Hart
Babes In Arms
Thu, Aug 9, 7:30 - 10:30 pm
Silva Concert Hall, Hult Center
Rodgers & Hart's groundbreaking musical comedy Babes In Arms opened at the Shubert Theatre on April 14, 1937 and ran for 289 performances. Mounted at the height of the Great Depression during a down period for Broadway, the show was produced on a shoestring budget and featured no stars. The oldest member of the cast was 25 years old, with most members being under 20. With none of the formulaic elements of musicals at the time, the critical expectations for the show were low Variety's reviewer put it, "No nudity, no show girls, no plush or gold plate may mean no sale."

Instead, Babes In Arms thrived, partly due to the fact that almost everything else on Broadway folded that summer, but mostly because it's fresh, almost naive book and production (written and guided by Rodgers and Hart themselves) hit the spot with audiences and, well, its score was absolutely knock-out: "Where Or When", "I Wish I Were In Love Again", "The Lady Is A Tramp", "Johnny-One Note", "My Funny Valentine". This was simply the best score Rodgers & Hart ever produced, and one of the best scores of all time, period. Most of the songs became instant classics in their own right and are counted today among the most important standards of all time. As a unit, they were, absolutely stunning.

Sadly for later audiences, little of Rodgers & Hart's original score remained in the 1938 film version of the show, which starred Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney but only one Rodgers & Hart song ("Where Or When"..."The Lady Is A Tramp" was used as background music). And when Rodgers commissioned a revision of the show in 1959 the naive freshness of the original and the compact intensity of the score was largely lost for the next 40 years.

In the late 1990s a number of efforts were undertaken to restore the original 1937 score and book of Babes In Arms and several years ago the Rodgers & Hammerstein began to offer the results of that work to the general public. The Shedd Institute is extremely proud to present this version. With direction by Ron Daum and music direction by Vicki Brabham, and starring OFAM favorite Evynne Smith and a host of talented new faces, we have endeavored to recreate the fresh, sparkling look and feel of the original--and of an age where musical comedy was fast, loose and very funny...and the songs were magnificent.

Event Personnel
Creative Team
Ron Daum, director
Vicki Brabham, music director & conductor
Richard H. Jessup, choreographer
Laura Sue Hiszczynskyj, tap choreographer
Mary Mikkelsen, costume design
Kelly Baum, lighting design
Chris Carwithen, Val LaMar
Evynne Hollens, Billie Smith
Mark Huisenga, Phil McCabe
Male Ensemble
Ticket/Venue Info
Babes In Arms Ticket Prices
Seat LvlFull PriceDiscount Prices
15%  20%  25%  Stud. 
AA48.00  41.00  38.50  36.00  24.00 
A38.00  32.50  30.50  28.50  19.00 
B32.00  27.25  25.75  24.00  16.00 
C26.00  22.25  21.00  19.50  13.00 
Silva Concert Hall
Hult Center for the Performing Arts
One Eugene Center
Eugene, Oregon

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