What Is the Story of Baby It’s You!?
Baby It’s You! centers on Florence Greenberg, a housewife who became the music industry’s first powerful female producer and record company executive. As the show opens in 1958, a restless Florence decides to cut a record with an all-girl quartet from her daughter’s high school in Passaic, New Jersey. Renaming them the Shirelles, Greenberg hones her skills as a producer and songwriter and guides them to a career as of one of the greatest American girl groups of all time. After teaming up (professionally and personally) with African-American songwriter Luther Dixon, the ambitious Greenberg creates Scepter Records, which signs Dionne Warwick, among other pop stars. Baby It’s You! traces Greenberg’s ground-breaking career though the music her artists performed from the late 50s through 1965.
What Is Baby It’s You! Like?
Created by the team behind the hit musical Million Dollar Quartet, Baby It’s You! includes more than 35 hits, including “Dedicated to the One I Love,” “Duke of Earl,” “He's So Fine,” “It's My Party,” “Louie Louie,” “Mama Said,” “Shout,” “Sixteen Candles,” “Soldier Boy” and the title tune. Tony winner Beth Leavel gives a warm and charismatic performance as Florence alongside a quartet of powerhouse singers as the Shirelles. The show is a welcome nostalgia-fest for Baby Boomers, as well as a rare musical in which a successful woman over 40 is the lead character. If you love the soulful sounds of the early ’60s, Baby It’s You! is the show for you.
Is Baby It’s You! Good for Kids?
There’s a plotline concerning Florence’s extramarital affair with Luther Dixon, but the overall message of Baby It’s You! is a positive one of female empowerment. The show is fine for kids, or even a multigenerational family outing.