Too Many Girls (musical)

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Too Many Girls
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Music Richard Rodgers
Lyrics Lorenz Hart
Book George Marion Jr.
Productions1939 Broadway

Too Many Girls is a Broadway musical comedy which was adapted for a 1940 film version starring Lucille Ball. The original Broadway production is noteworthy for advancing the career of musician Desi Arnaz. The music was composed by Richard Rodgers, the lyrics by Lorenz Hart, and the book was by George Marion, Jr.



Too Many Girls opened on Broadway on October 18, 1939, at the Imperial Theatre, running to April 21, 1940, and transferred to the Broadway Theatre on April 22, 1940, closing on May 18, 1940. The cast featured Desi Arnaz, Diosa Costello, Marcy Westcott, Eddie Bracken, Richard Kollmar, Van Johnson, and Hal Le Roy. [1] Directed by George Abbott, the Musical Staging was by Robert Alton, scenery by Jo Mielziner, and costumes by Raoul Pène Du Bois. [2]

The musical takes place in Skowhegan, Maine and Pottawatomie College in Stop Gap, New Mexico. [2]


Arnaz and Bracken repeated their roles in the 1940 RKO Radio Pictures film version. The film cast also featured Lucille Ball, Richard Carlson, Ann Miller, and Van Johnson


Act I
Act II


An LP studio recording was released in 1977, produced by Ben Bagley on the Painted Smiles label and featuring Estelle Parsons and Anthony Perkins. [3]

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