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A World Premiere Revival at the Forestburgh Playhouse

By Lilly Parnell
Posted 8/13/21

FORESTBURGH – In celebration of their 75th Anniversary Season and concluding their summer series, the Forestburgh Playhouse debuts the world premiere of the revival of “Babes in …

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FORESTBURGH – In celebration of their 75th Anniversary Season and concluding their summer series, the Forestburgh Playhouse debuts the world premiere of the revival of “Babes in Arms,” August 24 through September 5.

The musical, which was first written and performed in the 1930s, tells the story of a group of young actors during the Depression. The teenagers decide to put on a show in a barn to make some extra money and avoid being sent to a work farm. In 1939, it was made into a movie staring Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney.
"It truly is a thrill that this fresh, witty and relevant revival of Babes in Arms was brought to us," said Producer Franklin Trapp. "This tale couldn't be more perfect here. The musical is set in a barn! What could be better for the Forestburgh Playhouse?”

Richard Rogers and Lorenz Hart wrote the original show and “one of the greatest scores of all time.” It features some of the most classic Broadway tunes, such as My Funny Valentine, Johnny One Note, and Lady is a Tramp. However, acclaimed Playwright and Screenwriter, Douglas Carter Beane and Broadway Music Director, Andy Einhorn re-envisioned this production for a modern audience.

“The entire script has been rewritten to provide a relevant and fresh take on the story,” said Trapp. “With a lot of wit and humor, it tackles modern-day issues. The show will have a distinct style, but with a modern approach.”

Those at the Forestburgh Playhouse are excited to host this performance, especially as it is expected to be the first step on the revival’s road to Broadway. Although the process is not quick, this will be the first time this version of the musical will be performed fully produced.

“[It’s] one of the all-time iconic premises of the Broadway Theater,” said Beane. “‘I have a barn, let's put on a show!’ A super cute, multi-talented Swiss Army knife cast that acts, dances, sings and plays instruments? It's just what I want to do in this world of ‘no’ and meanness. Some good old American optimism and wise-ass jokes."

Showtimes and ticket prices can be found at https://www.fbplayhouse.org/. Patrons are required to be vaccinated and must show their vaccine card at the door.

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