NY TIMES OBITUARY FOR “BABY IT’S YOU”

April 28, 2011

With all of the great music and artists they had to work with, the producers of “BABY, IT’S YOU” seem to have blown it. I can’t give you a first hand report, since some “bloggers” weren’t considered important enough to be given tickets to the show, but here is the New York Times review.

April 27, 2011
NY Times Theater Review | ‘Baby It’s You!

Girl Group Tale Is Reharmonized

By CHARLES ISHERWOOD
“Mama said there’ll be shows like this. But she didn’t tell me there would be quite so many, or that any one of them could be this dismal.
If you recognize the lyrical allusion in that first sentence, you may have guessed that my subject today is “Baby It’s You!” the new Broadway musical about the pioneering girl group the Shirelles, which opened Wednesday night at the Broadhurst Theater.
If you do not recognize the allusion, you may now be wondering if the world was crying out for a Broadway musical about the pioneering girl group the Shirelles. The answer is probably not, but Broadway has increasingly become a booming marketplace for boomer nostalgia, a national resource that could solve our energy problems in a trice if it could somehow be converted into kilowatts.
“Baby It’s You!,” which at least offers a distaff twist on the recent songbook musicals stuffed with 1960s chart toppers, also earns a smidgen of respect — is there anything smaller than a smidgen, by the way? — through the blatant acknowledgment of its status as just another item in a popular product line. As the show begins, a giant image of a jukebox is flashed upon the curtain, in case anyone has wandered in expecting to see that meaty dramatic opus from London, or just something remotely original.” for the entire review click onto

http://theater.nytimes.com/2011/04/28/theater/reviews/baby-its-you-story-of-the-shirelles-review.html

Even though I was signed to Scepter Records I got a salary, for writing and producing the Shirelles, The Guess Who, and The Kingsmen, I never received one penny in royalties. I’m sorry to hear that Florence Greenberg, who once loomed so large in our industry, has been given such a poor tribute.

FOR A PERSONAL TRIBUTE TO MY OLD BOSS FLORENCE GREENBERG  https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2010/04/21/a-tribute-to-florence-greenberg/

SHAME ON YOU “BABY, IT’S YOU” PRESS AGENTS https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2011/04/26/shame-on-you-baby-its-you-publicists/https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2011/04/26/shame-on-you-baby-its-you-publicists/

BEING THE FIRST TO HEAR “WILL YOU LOVE ME TOMORROW” FROM CAROLE KING https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2006/09/14/aldon-music-at-1650-broadway-and-a-historic-encounter-with-carole-king/

IN THE STUDIO PRODUCING THE SHIRELLES https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2009/12/19/the-shirelles-christmas-song-mama-my-soldier-boys-coming-home/

Copyright 2011 by Artie Wayne https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/about-artie-wayne/

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2 Responses to “NY TIMES OBITUARY FOR “BABY IT’S YOU””

  1. Country Paul Says:

    Wow – this looks as bad as (or worse than) that rancid Beach Boys musical that was around a couple of years ago. I’m surprised that Colin Escott would be part of this; obviously, there’s a very good story to be told, but I gather that this isn’t the telling it deserves. “Jersey Boys” was special; nothing else has come close. Very sad.

  2. Roman Hastie Says:

    Baby it’s You is a good play and worth seeing. My only disappointment was not hearing Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow one of the Shirelles biggest hits. Shame on those who wouldn’t allow it in the show.


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