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Sweet and Hot: The Songs of Harold Arlen

Sweet and Hot: The Songs of Harold Arlen
is coming to Chicago’s Theater on the Lake August 3 – 7

“Best musical revue of 2010”  Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times

Theo Ubique’s Sweet and Hot sold out during its run.  Now Chicago’s historic Theater on the Lake has asked us to reprise it for the Theater’s Summer 2011 series.

Same great cast.  Music direction by 2011 Jeff Award winner Austin Cook.

Take advantage of your last chance to see this critically acclaimed production!  Or enjoy it again!

Song List |   About Harold Arlen |   Download Song List (PDF) -   (DOC)

August 3 – 7, 2011 ONLY

Buy tickets at 312.742.7994
Tickets not available through Theo Ubique.
Theater on the Lake

August 3, 4, 5, 6 at 7:30pm
August 7 at 6:30 pm

Theater on the Lake
2401 N. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL

Directed by Fred Anzevino

Music Direction by 2011 Jeff Award winner Austin Cook

Choreography by David Heimann

Run time: 2 hours, including intermission

His music is everywhere! You have probably heard, and maybe even hummed, a Harold Arlen song today and didn’t even know it! Though he is most noted for composing the songs for the film “The Wizard of Oz,” particularly Over the Rainbow, which was recently named the Number One Song of the 20th Century, he has written over 400 songs including favorites like: It’s Only A Paper Moon, Stormy Weather, Get Happy, That Old Black Magic and Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive.

View Video Clips at The Stage Channel

Get Happy |   Gotta Have Me Go With You |   Push De Button

Song List

Set 1

Blues In The Night (1941, lyrics by Johnny Mercer, from Blues in the Night movie released by Warner Bros.) – Full Cast
Out Of This World (1945, lyrics by Johnny Mercer, from Out of This World movie released by Paramount Pictures) – Eric Lindahl
It Was Written In The Stars (1948, lyrics by Leo Robin, from Casbah movie released by Universal-International Pictures) – Eric Martin
Stormy Weather (1933, lyrics by Ted Koehler, from Cotton Club Parade staged and produced by Dan Healy) – Bethany Thomas
When The Sun Comes Out (1941, lyrics by Ted Koehler, from Blues in the Night movie released by Warner Bros.) – Stephanie Herman
One For My Baby (And One More For The Road) (1943, lyrics by Johnny Mercer, from The Sky’s the Limit movie released by RKO Radio Pictures) / Ac-cent-tchu-ate The Positive (Mr. In-Between) (1944, lyrics by Johnny Mercer, from Here Come the Waves movie released by Paramount Pictures) – Kristofer Simmons & Eric Lindahl
Down With Love (1937, lyrics by E. Y. Harburg, from Hooray for What? staged by Vincent Minnelli and produced by the Shuberts at the Winter Garden) – Kristofer Simmons & Stephanie Herman
Happy As The Day is Long (1933, lyrics by Ted Koehler, from Cotton Club Parade staged and produced by Dan Healy) – Eric Martin
As Long As I Live (1934, lyrics by Ted Koehler, from Cotton Club Parade staged and produced by Dan Healy) – Ladies Trio
Hit The Road To Dreamland (1942, lyrics by Johnny Mercer, from Star Spangled Rhythm movie released by Paramount) – Ladies Trio
Hooray For Love (1948, lyrics by Leo Robin, from Casbah movie released by Universal-International Pictures)  – Sarah Hayes & Stephanie Herman
Buds Won’t Bud (1937 by E. Y. Harburg, from Hooray for What? staged by Vincent Minnelli and produced by the Shuberts at the Winter Garden) – Eric Lindahl
Get Happy (1929, lyrics by Ted Koehler, introduced in The Nine-Fifteen Revenue in 1930) – Full Cast

Intermission:  15 minutes

SET II

Lydia The Tattooed Lady (1939, lyrics by E. Y. Harburg, from At the Circus movie released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) – Kristofer Simmons and Cast
It’s Only A Paper Moon (1932, lyrics by Billy Rose and E. Y. Harburg, from The Great Magoo produced by Billy Rose) – Sarah Hayes & Eric Martin
Gotta Have Me Go With You (1953, lyrics by Ira Gershwin, from A Star Is Born movie released by Warner Bros.) – Sarah Hayes, Kristofer Simmons & Eric Lindahl
I Love To Sing-a (1935, lyrics by E. Y. Yarburg, from The Singing Kid movie released by Warner Bros.) – Eric Martin & Stephanie Herman
Push De Button (1956-57, lyrics by E. Y. Harburg, from Jamaica produced by David Merrick) – Gentleman Trio
Wizard Of Oz (1938, lyrics by E. Y. Harburg, movie released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1939)
Optimistic Voices – Ladies Trio
If I Only Had A Brain – Eric Lindahl
If I Only Had A Heart – Kristofer Simmons
If I Only Had The Nerve – Bethany Thomas
This Time The Dream’s On Me (1941, lyrics by Johnny Mercer, from Blues in the Night movie released by Warner Bros.) – Steve Carson
Ill Wind (You’re Blowin’ Me No Good) (1934, lyrics by Ted Koehler, from Cotton Club Parade staged and produced by Dan Healy) – Stephanie Herman
The Man That Got Away (1953, lyrics by Ira Gershwin, from A Star Is Born movie released by Warner Bros.) – Bethany Thomas
Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home (1946, lyrics by Johnny Mercer, from St. Louis Woman produced by Edward Gross at the Martin Beck Theater) – Eric Lindahl
I Had Myself A True Love (1946, lyrics by Johnny Mercer, from St. Louis Woman produced by Edward Gross at the Martin Beck Theater) – Sarah Hayes
I Never Has Seen Snow  / A Sleepin’ Bee (1954, lyrics by Truman Capote and Harold Arlen, from House of Flowers produced by Arnold Saint Subber at the Alvin Theater)) – Kristofer Simmons & Stephanie Herman
Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe (1942, lyrics by E. Y. Harburg, from Cabin in the Sky movie released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) – Bethany Thomas

Finale

Let’s Fall In Love (1933, lyrics by Ted Koehler, from Let’s Fall in Love movie released by Columbia Pictures) – Sarah Hayes & Eric Martin
Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea (1931, lyrics by Ted Koehler, from Rhythmania produced and staged by Dan Healy at the Cotton Club) –  Eric Martin & Stephanie Herman
I’ve Got The World On A String (1932, lyrics by Ted Koehler, from Cotton Club Parade staged and produced by Dan Healy)  – Bethany Thomas, Kristofer Simmons and Cast
That Old Black Magic (1942, lyrics by Johnny Mercer, from Star Spangled Rhythm movie released by Paramount) – Stephanie Herman & Eric Lindahl
Come Rain Or Come Shine (1946, lyrics by Johnny Mercer, from St. Louis Woman produced by Edward Gross at the Martin Beck Theater) – Bethany Thomas, Kristofer Simmons and Cast
Over the Rainbow (1938, lyrics by E. Y. Harburg, from The Wizard of Oz movie released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1939) – Full Cast

Encore – Sweet and Hot (1931, lyrics by Jack Yellen, from You Said It staged by John Harwood and produced by Lou Holtz and Jack  at Chanin’s 46th Street Theatre) – Full Cast


ABOUT HAROLD ARLEN
An American songwriting legend and son of a cantor, Harold Arlen was  fascinated early in his life with the sound of ragtime. While singing in his father’s synagogue he also played ragtime piano in local Buffalo bands and accompanied silent films. After arranging for the Buffalodians, Arlen moved to New York. His jobs included arranging for Fletcher Henderson and serving as a rehearsal pianist for radio and theater. A vamp he devised while  practicing was later turned into the song “Get Happy,” with lyrics from Ted Koehler.

Arlen and Koehler wrote eight revues for the Cotton Club, one of which  included the anthem “Stormy Weather,” first performed by Ethel Waters. Though he moved to Hollywood in the ‘30s, Arlen kept penning songs for Broadway, working with other lyricists like Dorothy Fields, Leo Robins,  Johnny Mercer, Yip Harburg, and Ira Gershwin as well as Koehler.

His list of hits and accomplishments is amazing; they include songs for the films Take a Chance, Star-Spangled Rhythm, The Sky’s the Limit, and his most famous, The Wizard of Oz. Arlen also composed tunes for the plays Earl Carroll Vanities, Rhythm Mania, and St. Louis Woman. The incredible array of unforgettable compositions includes “I’ve Got the World on a String,” “I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues,” “The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea,” “Come Rain or Come Shine,” “It’s Only a Paper Moon,” and “Over the Rainbow.”

Numerous jazz artists have recorded his songs, as well as pop performers across the spectrum. Arlen made a few recordings as a performer, among  them sessions with Duke Ellington and Barbra Streisand.
Source: Ron Wynn, All Music Guide.