Baby it’s a Musical!

Nov 19, 2009
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(left to right:) Erica Ash, Paulette Ivory, Berlando Drake, Crystal Star Knighton as the Shirelles in Baby It's You. Photo by John Ales.

Fans of musicals, 1960s R&B and girl groups take note: Newly opened at the Pasadena Playhouse is Baby It’s You, a brand-spanking-new piece of theater that may well be headed for Broadway.

Baby is the story of the Shirelles, the first American girl group to have a number-one Billboard single, and of Florence Greenberg, the New Jersey hausfrau who managed them to stardom (and used the money from their first contract to start her own record label). A compelling scenario, to be sure, but what about the music? Word has it the productions numbers are excellent, and the Shirelles recorded a number of great tunes: “Baby it’s You” and “Twist and Shout” (both of which were covered by the Beatles), as well as “He’s So Fine,” “Soldier Boy” and “Dedicated to the One I Love,” just to name a few. Written by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux and directed by Mutrux, Baby It’s You runs through mid-December.

Baby It’s You
November 13 – December 13
The Pasadena Playhouse
39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena
626.356.7529 or
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