Rare Revival of Irving Berlin's Miss Liberty Will Restore 4 Cut Songs

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The rarely-seen Irving Berlin musical Miss Liberty is getting its long-delayed London premiere in a production that will restore four songs cut during the show's tryout.

According to the U.K. magazine The Stage, the show will be performed Dec. 9 and 10 at the Frith Hall in Sheffield and will feature the original score, with the original orchestrations. Four songs that were cut during the show's tryout will be performed at the Dec. 10 show only. The numbers were unearthed from Berlin archives by Dominic McHugh, senior lecturer in musicology at the University of Sheffield, and his colleague, Matthew Malone.

Mr. Berlin died in 1989. His estate gave permission for the additional songs to be heard for the single performance.

The July 1949 musical was a follow-up to Mr. Berlin's greatest hit, Annie Get Your Gun, and while it contained modestly successful songs like "Let's Take an Old-Fashioned Walk," the show suffered in comparison to its predecessor.

With a book by playwright Robert Sherwood, Miss Liberty takes place at the time of the Statue of Liberty's dedication, and centers on a NY newspaper reporter's trip to Paris to find the model who posed for the statue. The musical opened at Broadway's Imperial Theatre in 1949, playing over 300 performances. Moss Hart directed with choreography by Jerome Robbins; the company featured Eddie Albert and Mary McCarty.

The last production of Miss Liberty in New York took place in 2005 as part of York Theatre Company's "Musicals in Mufti" series.

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