Best Foot Forward (musical)

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Best Foot Forward
Best Foot Forward (soundtrack).jpg
Original soundtrack recording from the 1963 Off-Broadway production
Music Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane
Lyrics Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane
Book John Cecil Holm
Productions 1941 Broadway
1963 Off Broadway revival

Best Foot Forward is a 1941 Broadway musical by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane, with book by John Cecil Holm. Produced by George Abbott, the production opened on October 1, 1941 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre where it was staged for 326 performances.


High school comedy: Just for fun, young student Bud Hooper asks his idol, Hollywood actress Gale Joy, to come to Philadelphia to be his partner at a dance. His school is Winsocki Military Academy. Jack Haggerty, the actress' manager in Hollywood, sees an opportunity for special publicity and advises Gale to accept Bud's invitation. The appearance of the famous star at Winsocki is greeted with excitement, and Bud abandons his own girl Helen Schlessinger to accompany Gale to the ball. Out of jealousy, Helen damages Gale's sash while she is dancing, which causes a riot. Others begin to tear off pieces of Gale's clothes as well, but only to gain souvenirs from the famous star. As the school regards the incident as a scandal, Bud is now in danger of being expelled from school, as he has caused all this. Gale Joy and Jack Haggerty try to avoid furore and immediately go back to Hollywood. After Bud and Helen settle their arguments and any other problems are solved, everything at Winsocki goes back to normal.


Act 1

  • "Don't Sell the Night Short" (sung by Minerva, Blind Date, Students and Girls)
  • "Three Men on a Date" (sung by Bud, Dutch and Hunk Hoyt)
  • "That's How I Love the Blues" (sung by Gale Joy and Jack)
  • "The Three B's" (sung by Ethel, Minerva and Blind Date)
  • "Ev'ry Time" (sung by Helen)
  • "The Guy Who Brought Me" (sung by Gale Joy, Jack, Bud, Dutch and Hunk Hoyt)
  • "I Know You By Heart" (sung by Bud Hooper)
  • "Shady Lady Bird" (sung by Helen and Students)
  • "Shady Lady Bird (Reprise)" (sung by Helen and Ensemble)

Act 2

  • "Buckle Down, Winsocki" (sung by Chuck, Old Grad and Chorus)
  • "My First Promise" (sung by Ethel and Singers)
  • "What Do You Think I Am?" (sung by Minerva, Hunk, and Chorus)
  • "Just a Little Joint With a Juke Box" (sung by Hunk and Blind Date)
  • "Where Do You Travel?" (sung by Jack, Helen, Miss Delaware Water Gap, and Singers)
  • "Ev'ry Time (Reprise)" (sung by Gale Joy)
  • "I'd Gladly Trade" (sung by Gale Joy and Entire Company)

Further reading[edit]

  • Holm, John Cecil (1943). Best Foot Forward: A Comedy in Three Acts (First ed.). Chicago: Dramatic Pub. Co. OCLC 5252619. 

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