Arthur Laurents and Amanda Green Revising Musical Hallelujah, Baby! for 2004-05 Off-Broadway Berth

News   Arthur Laurents and Amanda Green Revising Musical Hallelujah, Baby! for 2004-05 Off-Broadway Berth
 
Arthur Laurents and Amanda Green, daughter of the late librettist Adolph Green, are revising the 1967 musical Hallelujah, Baby! in hopes of staging it Off-Broadway during the 2004-05 season.

Phyllis Newman, Adolph's widow and Amanda's mother, told Playbill On-Line that the project was years in the development and had the blessing of all the original creatives. The musical has a book by Arthur Laurents, lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and music by Jule Styne. The story follows African-American characters through the first 67 years of the 20th century, though they do not age. The conceptual musical earned Leslie Uggams a Tony that year. The show had closed by Tony Award time, but won the Best Musical prize.

"It is being revised for a small production," said Newman, "not Broadway. We hope it will happen sometime during the next season." Comden confirmed that there is interest in a new revival.

Amanda Green is a lyricist in her own right and is stepping in where her father left off.

Hallelujah, Baby! got a concert revival in the York Theatre Company's Musicals in Mufti series, Oct. 27-29, 2000.

The musical spawned an original cast album that has been reissued on CD. Over the years, parts of the score have surfaced in cabaret shows; "Being Good," "Not Mine," "My Own Morning" and "Talking to Yourself" are standout numbers. The original production, staged in the decade of the most significant Civil Rights outcry in the U.S., came long before the term "African American" was popularly used. The show's authors are not black. Burt Shevelove directed, Kevin Carlisle choreographed. Robert Hooks and Allen Case also starred. The show ran 293 performances at the Martin Beck Theatre.

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