Those titles replace the previously announced Show Girl and Roberta, but the season will indeed include the promised musicals The High Life (the Dietz and Schwartz show first known as The Gay Life on Broadway), Cole Porter's Let's Face It and Henderson, DeSylva and Brown's Good News. Mel Miller is the company's artistic director.
In addition to the cult-hit piano-and-voice series of classic shows, Musicals Tonight! will continue to offer At This Performance, a third season of performances by Broadway standbys/understudies; and BMI Musical Mondays, featuring work by songwriters who honed their craft in the BMI-Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop.
Here's the schedule:The High Life, based on Schnitzler's Anatol, with a score by composer Arthur Schwartz and lyricist Howard Dietz. Barbara Cook was the original star, and many fans consider it one of the great little-known musical comedy scores of the 1960s. Oct. 18-30.
Good News, by DeSylva, Henderson & Brown, is the classic college musical of the 1920s, featuring "The Varsity Drag" and "The Best Things In Life Are Free." In it, "football-mad Tait College's star is flunking Astronomy until he falls for his tutor." Nov. 1-13.Mlle. Modiste, by Victor Herbert, was a Broadway hit from 1905 that concerns a shop girl "who becomes a stage star, the toast of Paris, and weds her beloved in spite of the opposition of his aristocratic uncle." The lesser-known score includes "Kiss Me Again," "When the Cat's Away," "The Mascot of The Troop," "Hats Make The Woman," "I Want What I Want When I Want It." March 21-April 2, 2006.Oh, Lady! Lady!!, by Jerome Kern, P.G. Wodehouse, Guy Bolton, was one of the Princess Theatre Musicals written (in 1918) by the famed early musical comedy collaborators. In it, "the bridegroom's old flame arrives unexpectedly on his wedding day and the nuptials are called off – but only long enough for a second act set in Greenwich Village to solve all." The songs include "Bill," "Not Yet," "When Ships Come Home," "Greenwich Village," "Little Nest." April 25-May 7, 2006.
Let's Face It, by Cole Porter and Dorothy & Herbert Fields, "has three suspicious wives recruiting three eager soldiers to help make their philandering husbands take notice." Danny Kaye and Eve Arden kept the show running for 547 performances. The Porter score boasts "Farming," "You Irritate Me So," "Ace in the Hole," "Let's Not Talk About Love," "A Little Rumba Numba." May 9-21, 2006. Performances play The 45th Street Theatre, 354 W. 45th Street, in Manhattan. For more information, call (212) 362-5620 or visit www.musicalstonight.org.