Back in 1968, a small musical opened Off-Broadway where it played for 575 performances. With music by Jim Wise and book and lyrics by George Haimsohn and Robin Miller, it was an homage to the golden age of movie musicals.
The show “tells the story of Ruby, who steps off a bus from Utah and into her first Broadway show. But hours before the opening night curtain is set to rise, the cast learns that their theater is being demolished. With the help of some adoring sailors, Ruby and the cast set a plan in motion to perform the show in a naval battleship.”
Now, it seems that this musical is Broadway bound, with a planned opening for 2014. The show will be directed and choreographed by Randy Skinner, who had already shown his production at the Infinity Theatre Company in Annapolis, MD, in 2012. Skinner got Tony nominations for his work in “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas”, “42nd Street” and “Ain’t Broadway Grand.”
The original Off-Broadway production gave us a delightful cast recording featuring Bernadette Peters in one of her first roles and was also produced for television in 1971 starring Ann-Margret and Ann Miller, that unfortunately I never saw.