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Baby Celebrates 40th Anniversary With a New Off-Broadway Cast Recording

Out of the Box Theatrics developed a fresh interpretation of the 1983 Maltby and Shire musical.

Julia Murney as Arlene in the Out of the Box Theatrics production of Baby.
Julia Murney as Arlene in the Out of the Box Theatrics production of Baby.
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Yellow Sound Label has announced plans to release Baby: New Off-Broadway Cast Recording in celebration of the musical's 40th anniversary. The album will be released on streaming and digital platforms on February 14, 2023.

Originally produced on Broadway in 1983, Baby features a book by Sybille Pearson, music by David Shire, and lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr., based upon a story developed with Susan Yankowitz. The album is based on the 2021 off-Broadway revival by Out of the Box Theatrics, and will feature new and never-before-recorded material.

This new production of Baby reimagines the story of three couples on their journeys to parenthood, triumphantly examining them through a 2022 lens. Taking place on a university campus, it deals with the painful, rewarding, and unexpectedly funny consequences of the universal experience of pregnancy and parenthood. They include two college students, barely at the beginning of their adult lives; the thirty-somethings, having trouble conceiving but determined not to give up; and middle-aged parents, previously looking forward to an empty nest when an unexpected night of passion lands them back where they started.

The cast features Christina Sajous as Pam, Gabrielle McClinton as Nicki, Julia Murney as Arlene, Robert H. Fowler as Alan, Liz Flemming as Lizzie, and Johnny Link as Danny. The ensemble includes Jorge Donoso, Marisa Kirby, Jewell Noel, and Ethan Paulini (who also directed the production).