The cast of Broadway’s Baby it’s You! will appear at a fundraising event for Passaic High School on Aug. 7. The appearance celebrates a bit of history that the high school and the show have in common.
Baby it’s You! tells the story of Florence Greenberg, a New Jersey housewife whose daughter attended Passaic High School in the late 1950’s. While there, her daughter heard the singing of four young women who also went to school there. She told her mother about the girls and as soon as Greenberg heard the group sing, she knew she had found the next big act for the rock and roll record business. That group turned out to be The Shirelles, the very popular girl group of the 60’s who produced such hits as “Soldier Boy” (which was co-written by Greenberg), “Mama Said,” and of course the song which is the title of the show, “Baby It’s You.” The Broadway production also includes music from other artists that Greenberg and her company produced and promoted.
The Broadway show began playing the Broadhurst Theatre earlier this year. People have been known to dance in the aisles as the songs of their youth are performed. Beth Leavel who stars as Florence Greenberg received a Tony Nomination for Best Actress in a Musical.
The benefit performance will be 7:30 PM Aug. 7 in the newly refurbished auditorium of Passaic High School, 170 Paulison Avenue, Passaic, NJ. The show will also feature a performance by the Passaic High School Band and a special Q&A with the cast of Baby It’s You!
Tickets are $20 at the door, and 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit a performing arts scholarship fund “for a deserving Passaic High School student.”