The five revivals of the downtown-born company's first season in the midtown Manhattan theatre district (at Off Broadway's 45th Street Theatre) are Jubilee, Meet Me in St. Louis, The Chocolate Soldier, The Beauty Prize and The Apple Tree.
Perhaps the least-known of the lot is Jerome Kern and P.G. Wodehouse's London musical, The Beauty Prize from 1922.
Musicals tonight announced that the piano-and-voice concert of The Beauty Prize (April 26-May 8, 2005) represents the American premiere. The writing team of Kern and Wodehouse had already collaborated successfully on the musicals Oh, Boy!; Leave It To Jane; Oh, Lady, Lady; and The Cabaret Girl. According to Musicals Tonight!, "The 'prize,' Odo Philpott, a self-important nerd, is accidentally won by an heiress on her wedding day (to another). Dissuading Odo and re interesting her original intended occupy much of the action in this musical farce."
Songs form the score include "You Can't Make Love By Wireless," "Playing Mah-Jong" and "Non-Stop Dancing."
The 2004-05 season for Musicals Tonight! also includes:
The Apple Tree (May 10-22, 2005) by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler on the Roof) "opened on Oct. 18, 1966 and was based on stories by Mark Twain, Frank Stockton and Jules Feiffer. It ran for 463 performances and starred Barbara Harris (Tony award winner), Alan Alda and Larry Blyden. Mike Nichols made his Broadway musical directing debut." Songs include "Oh, To Be a Movie Star," "Gorgeous," "Beautiful, Beautiful World," "Feelings," "You Are Not Real," "Who Is She?," "Tiger, Tiger," "Friends," "Wealth," "Lullaby (Go to Sleep Whatever You Are)," "Eve" and more. The 45th Street Theatre is at 354 West 45th Street, between Eighth and Ninth Avenues. For more information, contact Musicals Tonight! at (212) 362-5620 or visit www.musicalstonight.org. Mel Miller is the company's founder and artistic director.