Roberta

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - View original article

Roberta
MusicJerome Kern
LyricsOtto Harbach
BookOtto Harbach
BasisGowns by Roberta, a novel by Alice Duer Miller
Productions1933 Broadway
1935 Film version
1969 Television version
 
Jump to: navigation, search
Roberta
MusicJerome Kern
LyricsOtto Harbach
BookOtto Harbach
BasisGowns by Roberta, a novel by Alice Duer Miller
Productions1933 Broadway
1935 Film version
1969 Television version

Roberta is a musical from 1933 with music by Jerome Kern, and lyrics and book by Otto Harbach. The musical is based on the novel Gowns by Roberta by Alice Duer Miller. The play features the famous songs "Yesterdays", "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes", "Let's Begin", "You're Devastating", "Something Had To Happen" and "The Touch of Your Hand".

Productions[edit]

The original Broadway production opened at the New Amsterdam Theatre on November 18, 1933, and ran for 295 performances. It starred Tamara Drasin (billed as Tamara), Bob Hope, George Murphy, Lyda Roberti, Fred MacMurray, Fay Templeton, Ray Middleton (billed as Raymond E. Middleton), Allan Jones, and Sydney Greenstreet. Hope, Murphy, MacMurray and Greenstreet were not yet the Hollywood stars they would soon be, and Middleton was not the Broadway leading man he would become after Annie Get Your Gun.

Original Broadway cast[edit]

 as Huckleberry Haines 

Other versions[edit]

The play was made into a 1935 film by RKO starring Irene Dunne, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, and Randolph Scott. The film omitted "The Touch of Your Hand" (sung by a minor character), "Something Had To Happen", and "You're Devastating" (originally Middleton's big song in the show), but added the Kern songs "I Won't Dance" (lifted from the flop Kern show Three Sisters)[1] and "Lovely to Look At" (written for the 1935 film and nominated for an Academy Award).[2] These two additions became so popular that they are now frequently included in revivals and recordings of Roberta.

In 1952, MGM remade Roberta under the title Lovely to Look At. This remake also included the two songs added to the 1935 film. It starred Kathryn Grayson, Howard Keel, Red Skelton, Ann Miller, Gower Champion, Marge Champion, and Zsa Zsa Gabor, was made in Technicolor and reuniting four members of the previous year's Show Boat (Grayson, Keel and the two Champions).

The show was also presented on television in a highly adapted, modernized 1969 NBC color telecast. This production was presented by Bob Hope, who reprised his original stage role, inserting many new, then-topical jokes about current events. Others in the cast included Michele Lee, John Davidson, Eve McVeagh, and Janis Paige (who sang "I Won't Dance" with a male chorus).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Taylor, John Russell; Jackson, Arthur (1971). The Hollywood Musical. New York: McGraw-Hill. pp. 28–29. 
  2. ^ Awards for Roberta (1935) at Internet Movie Database

External links[edit]