By Kenneth Jones
26 Apr 2011
The album is produced by legendary music producer Richard Perry (Diana Ross, Ella Fitzgerald, Barbra Streisand) and associate-produced by Rahn Coleman. Baby It's You!, the story of Florence Greenberg, the record producer who discovered the '60s girl-group The Shirelles, began previews March 26 at the Broadhurst Theatre, and opens April 27.
Using a catalog of pop hits, Baby It's You! is conceived by Floyd Mutrux, directed by Floyd Mutrux and Sheldon Epps, and written by Tony-nominated book writers Mutrux and Colin Escott, the team behind Broadway's Million Dollar Quartet.
The score includes doo-wop, pop and rock 'n' roll classics including "Dedicated To The One I Love," "Soldier Boy," "Duke Of Earl," "He’s So Fine," "I Say A Little Prayer," "It's My Party," "Louie Louie," "Mama Said," "Shout," "Tonight's The Night," "I Met Him On A Sunday," "Rockin' Robin," "Twist and Shout" and many more.
Tony Award winner Beth Leavel stars as Florence Greenberg, "the woman who changed the recording world forever when she created Scepter Records," according to production notes. "Before Motown and the British Invasion, the most famous woman in music you have never heard of, Greenberg, launched the careers of some of the biggest recording stars of the era including the greatest girl group of all times. After discovering The Shirelles at her daughter's high school in Passaic, New Jersey, Greenberg packed the girls in her car, drove across the George Washington Bridge to New York City, and embarked on a trailblazing journey from New Jersey housewife to record mogul."
The cast also includes Allan Louis and Geno Henderson , Erica Ash, Kelli Barrett, Kyra Da Costa, Erica Dorfler, Jahi A. Kearse, Barry Pearl, Christina Sajous, Crystal Starr and Brandon Uranowitz.