Babes in Arms

Music By: Lorenz Hart

Lyrics By: Richard Rodgers

Distributed by: Masterworks Broadway

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            On April 14, 1937, a new musical opened on Broadway at the Schubert Theatre Babes in Arms centered about a group of teenagers, children of Vaudeville actors, who have been left to fend for themselves in Seaport, Long Island.  Rather than be sent to a work farm, the teens band together to their own show, earning them enough money to survive and keeping them out of the confines of the work farm.  The show took Broadway by storm and was the talk of the town until it closed that December.  In October 2011, Masterworks Broadway released a digital version of the Studio Cast Recording of Babes in Arms.

            The Babes in Arms Soundtrack features songs that are a great deal of fun.  There were some that I recognized right away, like the love song Where or When, My Funny Valentine and The Lady is a Tramp.  The lyrics written by Richard Rodgers were a great deal of fun.  I especially enjoyed the song I Wish I Were in Love Again, in which the female and male singers expound on the miseries of a bad relationship with a wistful air, wishing they go through it all over again.  Also enjoyable was Johnny One Note for its incredibly catchy tune. 

            In fact, the whole album is full of catchy tunes and I found myself listening to Babes in Arms more than once, singing along with such notable performers as Mary Martin, Jack Cassidy and Mardi Bayne.  The music on the album is instantly recognizable as being from a different era, but Lorenz Hart did a great job in creating music that captured the listener's attention.  The Babes in Arms Soundtrack was a lot of fun for me and I would recommend it to any fan of Broadway musicals as one that simply must be purchased and added to their music collection.


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