Babes in Arms

Babes in Arms addresses the handling of racism in 1930s Long Island in an otherwise-lighthearted musical. The premiere of Douglas Carter Beane’s version of Rodgers & Hart’s classic tale runs at the Forestburgh Playhouse through September 5th. Original production photos by Jonathan Charles Fox.
Are you old enough to sing along with the numbers in this new musical revival?

By Andrew Andrews

Forestburgh Playhouse closes out their 75th Anniversary Mainstage Season with playwright/director Douglas Carter Beane’s revision of Rogers & Hart’s 1937 musical Babes in Arms.

When a community of retired vaudeville actors go back on the road to earn some cash, their teenage children are left behind to find their own jobs, or be sent to a work farm by the local sheriff.

The talented teens decide to put on a show of their own in Valentine’s barn, and find an investor named Beauregard from the deep south (of Long Island) who’s willing to produce the show as long as the black members of the cast are excluded.

Valentine decides to disguise his friends in Egyptian mummy costumes rather than cut them, and the show comes together nicely until the identities of the black brothers are exposed.

(L-R) Joseph Monseur, Aliza Ciara, Tia Karaplis, Jeffrey Marc Alkins, Eric Siegle, Liat Shuflita, Logan Schmucker, M.L.Catwell, Dan Kelly and GraceAnn Kontak make up the cast.

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Andrew Andrews attended Babes in Arms at Forestburgh Playhouse in Forestburgh on Wednesday, August 25, 2021 @ 8:00pm to write this review.

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