New York Revivals of Neglected Gershwin, Porter, Rodgers and Bernstein Musicals

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Now in its 17th year, Musicals Tonight! the Off-Broadway company dedicated to reviving "neglected" musicals, has announced its 2015-16 season. On tap will a revival of the 1937 Richard Rodgers musical Babes in Arms, the Gerswhins' Oh, Kay!, Cole Porter's Out of This World, as well as Wonderful Town, which features music by Leonard Bernstein.

Musicals Tonight! will launch their new season with Oh, Kay! featuring music by George Gershwin, lyrics by Ira Gershwin and a book by Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse. The show, about the adventures of Prohibition-era bootleggers on a tony Long Island estate, opened on Broadway in 1926.

Next on the slate is Golden Boy with a book by Clifford Odets and William Gibson, lyrics by Lee Adams and music by Charles Strouse. The show opened at the Majestic theatre in 1964, based on Odets' play of the same name. It starred Sammy Davis Jr. in the lead role, a young man from Harlem who turns to prizefighting as a means to escape the ghetto.

Musicals Tonight will aslo revive the 1937 Broadway musical, Babes in Arms, with music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Lorenz Hart and a book by Rodgers and Hart. The story follows a group of small-town teenagers who put on a show. The film adaptation starred Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney.

Out of This World, a musical with music and lyrics by Cole Porter will also be featured. The 1950 production, about mischievous Gods who play around with newlyweds on their honeymoon, was originally staged by Agnes De Mille with additional direction by George Abbott.

Concluding the season will be the 1953 five-time Tony winner, Wonderful Town, which features a book by Joseph A. Fields and Jerome Chodorov, lyrics by Betty Comden and Adoplph Green and music by Leonard Bernstein. The show was inspired by a collection of autobiographical stories by Ruth McKenney published in "The New Yorker" and starred Rosalind Russell on Broadway. All performances will be at the Lion Theatre, located at Theatre Row Studios, 410 West 42nd St., New York. For more information please visit

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