Set in Palm Beach, Florida, TIP-TOES centers on a vaudeville act composed of Tip-Toes, her brother and her uncle, who try to pass her off as an aristocrat to snare a millionaire husband. Farcical complications ensue involving Tip-Toes’ temporary amnesia and a marital infidelity subplot.

Music samples provided courtesy of New World Records, Ira Gershwin Music and Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

Photos courtesy of Goodspeed Musicals

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  • Book by Guy Bolton and Fred Thompson
    Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
    Music by George Gershwin

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  • TIP-TOES opened on Broadway at the Liberty Theatre, December 28, 1925 and played for 192 performances starring Queenie Smith as Tip-Toes, Allen Kearns as Steve Burton, Jeanette MacDonald as Sylvia Metcalf, Andrew Tombes as Al, and Harry Watson Jr. as Hen. The show was considered lost for decades, but when performance materials were found in a New Jersey warehouse in 1982, it was reconstructed and a studio recording was released in 2001.

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