Do you remember where you were when you heard: “Mamma Said” there’d be days like this?” or “Soldier Boy”?
Baby It’s You! Is based 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.
This is my generation, and yes, I knew every word to every song, so it’s great fun and wonderful memories of listening to rock when you could actually understand the words! Whether you are 8 or 80, it’s a positive message of female empowerment that 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.
The sheer number of costume changes is amazing. Such a fun evening!
Let us know where you were and what songs your remember.