Justin Schuman and Lauren Chapman to Star in Musicals Tonight!'s BABES IN ARMS
Parents of a group of teenagers leave to hit the vaudeville circuit. The local sheriff (Joe Gately) threatens to send the kids to a work farm unless they do something productive. So they end up by doing what they do best - putting on a show.
The lead teens - Val and Billie (Justin Schuman and Lauren Chapman), are joined by Val's younger brother (Courter Simmons), the Sheriff's daughter (Lilly Tobin), her beau (Casey Shane), one-time Hollywood child star (Tessa Faye), and two talented black brothers (Neville Braithwaite and Sebastian Maynard-Palmer).
A wealthy young Southerner (Perry Sook) offers to help, but only under the condition that the two black kids are removed from the show. All the kids protest including Calhoun's best friend (Keaton Tetlow). And the show does go on with the help of a French aviator (Vincent Ortega) and an impressive array of other talented kids (Julia Franklin, Michael Lorz, Evan Mayer, Ryan Rhue, Connor Russell, Hannah Slabaugh, and Hannah Spacone).
Of course, their show is a success - it contains nothing but Rodgers & Hart classics including "My Funny Valentine," "Where or When," "The Lady is a Tramp," "Johnny One Note," "Imagine," "I Wish I Were in Love Again," and "Babes in Arms." The original production was choreographed by George Balanchine and marked the stage debuts of Alfred Drake and Dan Dailey.
Directed by Keith Andrews with music director James Stenborg, Musicals Tonight!'s BABES IN ARMS plays March 8-20, 2016 at The Lion Theatre - 410 West 42nd Street (between 9th and 10th). Tickets are $26.25, purchasable from The Box Office or Telecharge at 212-239-6200. For more information, visit www.MusicalsTonight.org.