Leave It To Me, the Cole Porter musical that launched Mary Martin into the theatrical firmament, gets a concert revival by the shoestring-budget Manhattan company called Musicals Tonight!, March 20-April 1.
Producer Mel Miller told Playbill On-Line that the production at the 14th Street Y will include three rare Porter songs intended for the 1938 score: "Information, Please," "When the Hen Stops Laying" and "Wild Wedding Bells."
The plot by Sam and Bella Spewack (who would later pen the libretto to Porter's Kiss Me, Kate) concerns the U.S. ambassador (Kenny Morris) to the Soviet Union, appointed to the position because his rich wife (Robin Baxter) gave dough to the Democratic Party. A publisher (Gordon Connell) wants the job, so he sends a reporter (Michael Scott) to Moscow to get the ambassador recalled. The scribe gets attention from two women (Jamie Day and Barbara McCulloh), and wins one.
The cast also includes Keith Benedict, Liz Casasola, Courtney Blythe Gruda, J. Michael McCormick, L.J. Mitchell, Seth Muse, Lois Ann Saunders, Ed Smit, Noah Weissberg, John Wisiniack and Will Woodrow.
The score includes such Porter songs as "My Heart Belongs to Daddy" (which Martin, playing gold-digger Dolly Winslow, introduced), "Get Out of Town," "Tomorrow" and "Most Gentlemen Don't Like Love." The original production ran 291 performances and starred Victor Moore, Sophie Tucker, William Gaxton and Tamara. Thomas Mills directs. Mark Hartman musical directs. Tickets are $17. Performances are on the mainstage of the 14th Street Y, 344 E. 14th St. (Between First and Second Avenues). For reservations, call (212) 362-0713.
— By Kenneth Jones