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.