Harold Arlen Musical One for My Baby Will Get October Workshop; Vivian Reed to Star

News   Harold Arlen Musical One for My Baby Will Get October Workshop; Vivian Reed to Star
One for My Baby, a new musical showcasing the music of Harold Arlen, will receive an October industry workshop starring two-time Tony Award nominee Vivian Reed as a nightclub singer who performs some of Arlen's iconic songs.

Harold Arlen
Harold Arlen

Featuring direction and choreography by Scott Thompson, who co-authored the book with musical arranger Fred Barton, One for My Baby has been raising funding for the workshop via a kickstarter.com campaign.

Presented Oct. 11-12 in Manhattan, One for My Baby is billed as "a song-and-dance celebration of big-city nightlife at the end of World War II." Reed (Bubbling Brown Sugar, The High Rollers Social and Pleasure Club) will portray Panama Jones, who the authors describe as a composite of the great club stars of the era and self-proclaimed "queen of the nightclubs."

Additional casting has not been announced. One for My Baby is expected to utilize a cast of 28.

Songs in the production include "Stormy Weather," "Get Happy," "The Man that Got Away," "Come Rain or Come Shine," "It's Only a Paper Moon," "Accentuate the Positive," "That Old Black Magic" and "Blues in the Night."

"A full Harold Arlen score has not been heard on Broadway since 1959's Saratoga," said Sam Arlen, the composer's son, in a statement. "What Scott and Fred have created would give his music a long overdue representation on the Broadway stage after over half a century."

One for My Baby is being co-produced by One for My Baby, LLC, and The Broadway Musicals Company, in association with Carolyn and Marc Seriff, Louise H. Beard, Maureen E. Gillespie, Carolyn Gallagher, Brian Zucker, Karl Held, Cliff and Linda Mountain and Travis P. Brendle.

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