“Toyland” is possibly the first song I ever learned. I’m not sure. I only know that it entered my repertoire at some time before I have memory of it doing so. I don’t remember if it was a snow globe or a music box or what it was that put it there, but that tune has been in my head for a very long time.
Which isn’t to say I ever imagined getting to sing on stage at Carnegie Hall in the company of Broadway and theater legends like Bill Irwin and Kelli O’Hara, but that’s exactly what will happen later this month when my choir, MasterVoices, presents Victor Herbert’s Babes in Toyland as part of our 75th anniversary season. Babes is a show that has remained popular since its creation in 1903, yet hasn’t had a showing in NYC in over 80 years.
Might be 80 more before you get another chance to see and hear this fun show with its iconic score, so don’t miss it!