Directed and choreographed by three-time Tony Award® nominee Randy Skinner, this spectacular revival of Dames at Sea featuring tap dancing, love, joyful music, and boatloads of laughs will make you have an evening at the theater you won’t forget! Get your tickets here.
Dames at Sea first opened on December 20, 1968 and became a big hit off-Broadway. With book and lyrics by George Haimsohn and Robin Miller, and music by Jim Wise, Dames at Sea, the “New 30s Musical,” as it gleefully billed itself, was a smart parody of the 1930s films starring Ruby Keeler and Dick Powell. Its plot stuck closely to the imaginative storylines of these interchangeable films. Ruby gets a part in a Broadway musical with a Navy setting, and brings along Dick, who immediately attracts the attention of the star of the show, Mona. But because the premiere of the new musical takes place on a destroyer, Mona gets seasick, Ruby replaces her, becomes a big star overnight, and wins Dick’s heart.
Not only was it a surprise hit Off-Broadway in 1968, Dames at Sea had also its London debut little more than a year later. The Original London Cast Recording features an all-English cast in a lively but distinctive interpretation of the show, under original director/choreographer Neil Kenyon, with orchestral arrangements that differ from those created expressly for the Off-Broadway cast recording – perhaps closer to what was actually heard in the theater.
Hop on the boat and catch Dames at Sea at Helen Hayes Theater today!