Neglected Musicals are proud to bring Neil Gooding’s 1983 Tony nominated show Baby to the Hayes Theatre.
Telling the story of three couples, each newly expecting a child, and each with very different reactions – Baby is a sincere and comedic romp through the impact a pregnancy can have on a relationship.
Having rarely been staged outside of its time, Neglected Musicals are confident that their script-in-hand rendition will strike a tune.
Starring previously in two Neglected Musicals productions (See Saw, On The 20th Century) Katrina Retallick brings her comedic and musical performance experience.
Retallick plays the pragmatic Arlene, a 43-year-old woman who has been married to husband Alan for 20 years; with their children grown, Arlene is excited to “have her life back” when a surprise pregnancy interrupts her plans.
“There’s definitely a big heart to each of the three couples,” said Katrina. Joining Arlene and Alan are university juniors Lizzie and Danny, and the athletic Pam and Nick who are struggling to conceive.
In a beautiful alignment, Katrina recently became a new mother herself. “It’s a lovely thing to be performing this show knowing what I know now,” she said, referring to her 19-month-old daughter. “Before having her it would have all been very hypothetical…”
With the music of Baby being notoriously complex, Katrina and co-star David Whitney have snuck in some extra rehearsals with Musical Director Steven Kreamer “to do the music justice”.
Audiences will soon forget the cast are holding scripts as they melt away into this forgotten musical gem. (AM)