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"Shire writes with sophistication over a range that embraces rock, jazz and the best of Broadway schmaltz…. Matlby's lyrics are not just smart and funny, but often ingenious." -New York Times
"Pearson's book is agreeably smart...it has style and energy, a rare combination." -New York Post
BABY opened on Broadway on December 4, 1983 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. Directed by Richard Maltby, Jr. and choreographed by Wayne Cilento, it played for 276 performances. The original cast included Liz Callaway, Beth Fowler, Catherine Cox, James Congdon, Martin Vidnovic and Todd Graff. BABY used nothing more than a continuous curtain on figure-8 tracking to suggest the various locales. The orchestra was on stage and visible throughout. An updated version of the musical was presented by Paper Mill Playhouse from in 2004. The cast included Carolee Carmello, Chad Kimball, LaChanze, Norm Lewis, Moeisha McGill and Michael Rupert. This version has also been presented internationally in such countries as the Philippines and Brazil.