Beth Leavel
(© Tristan Fuge)
Beth Leavel
(© Tristan Fuge)
Tony Award winner Beth Leavel will star in the new Broadway musical Baby It's You, to play the Broadhurst Theatre, with previews beginning March 26 in anticipation of an April 27 opening. The show is conceived by Floyd Mutrux, written by Mutrux and Colin Escott, and directed by Mutrux and Sheldon Epps.

The musical tells the story of Florence Greenberg (Leavel), the woman who discovered The Shirelles and created Scepter Records, becoming the music industry's first female powerhouse. The production will feature doo-wop, pop and rock 'n' roll classics such as "Dedicated To The One I Love," "Duke Of Earl," "He's So Fine," "I Say A Little Prayer," "It's My Party," "Louie Louie," "Mama Said," "Shout," "Sixteen Candles," "Stop In The Name Of Love," 'Twist and Shout" and more.

The cast will also include Allan Louis, Geno Henderson, Erica Ash, Kelli Barrett, Kyra DaCosta, Crystal Starr Knighton, Barry Pearl, Christina Sajous, Brandon Uranowitz, Alison Cimmet, Erica Dorfler, Berlando Drake, Adam Heller, Jahi A. Kearse, Annette Moore, Zachary Prince, Ken Robinson, and Chelsea Morgan Stock.

The creative team will include Birgitte Mutrux (choreography), Rahn Coleman (musical supervision/arrangements), Don Sebesky (orchestrations), Shelton Becton (musical direction/conductor), Anna Louizos (scenic design), Lizz Wolf (costume design), Howell Binkley (lighting design), Carl Casella (sound design), and Jason H. Thompson (projection design).

Leavel received Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critic Circle, and L.A Drama Critics Awards for playing the title role in The Drowsy Chaperone. She most recently appeared on Broadway in Elf, with other Main Stem credits including Mamma Mia!, Young Frankenstein, 42nd Street, Crazy for You, Showboat, and The Civil War.

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