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And that seemed to be the end of the road to Broadway. Some nine years later, Starting Here, Starting Now — a three-character, 1977 revue including songs from a half-dozen of Maltby and Shire's produced and unproduced musicals — started out at the Manhattan Theatre Club and transferred to a full Off-Broadway run. The team didn't actually reach Broadway until 1983, with Baby. They were not unoccupied, though. Shire began a distinguished career in 1974 composing for films and television. Maltby, meanwhile, directed and conceived a second little revue for Manhattan Theatre Club called Ain't Misbehavin', which stormed Broadway in 1978. Following this, he linked up with Cameron Mackintosh for Song and Dance and Miss Saigon.
The four-character revue Closer Than Ever, another Off-Broadway anthology of the team's work, came along in 1989 and enjoyed a run of 288 performances. Given Maltby's Broadway prominence, the team finally got a shot at another full-scale musical: Big. This turned out to be a major disappointment of the 1995-96 season, though decidedly not due to the score. Their most recent musical, Take Flight, premiered at London's Menier Chocolate Factory in 2007 and was seen at the McCarter in Princeton in 2010. (We were impressed with this score, our review of which can be found here.
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