Too Many Girls (musical)
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Cover of sheet music (cropped)
Cast (Broadway version)
Cast (Hollywood version)Van Johnson
Too Many Girls opened October 18, 1939, with music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Lorenz Hart and book by George Marion Jr. After a full restoration by The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization, Lyric Stage presented the first revival since the original production closed on Broadway in 1940. The revival featured a 32 piece orchestra playing Hans Spialek's original orchestrations and a cast of 30 singing Hugh Martin's original vocal arrangements. Steven Jones, producer; Ann Nieman, director/choreographer; Jay Dias, music director/conductor. www.lyricstage.org.
Arnaz and Bracken repeated their roles in the 1940 RKO Radio Pictures movie version.
This was Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz's first film together. The two had previously met at the RKO studio commissary while Lucy was filming Dance, Girl, Dance. At that time, Lucy was costumed as a burlesque dancer who had recently been in a fight. Desi initially dismissed her as a "tough broad" who could never play an innocent college girl.
The popular song "I Like to Recognize the Tune" did not appear in the film version, but it did appear in a later Lucille Ball film, Meet the People (MGM, 1944).
Van Johnson, who was an understudy to all 3 male leads in the theatrical version of 1939, makes an uncredited appearance in the film version in which he yells: "We won the game, so help me!"
The film recorded a loss of $170,000.
- Richard B. Jewell, RKO Radio Pictures: A Titan is Born, University of California Press, 2012 p 222
- Too Many Girls at the Internet Movie Database
- Too Many Girls at the Internet Broadway Database
- Overview of show