Life Begins at 8:40: Musical Info & Synopsis


Life Begins at 8:40, a 1930s musical revue, secured its spot in Broadway history through the powerhouse collaboration of musical legends Harold Arlen, Ira Gershwin, and E.Y. Harburg. The show is best remembered by its timeless tunes such as “Fun to Be Fooled” and “You’re a Builder-Upper.” The initial success and lasting impact of Life Begins at 8:40 stems from the brilliance of its celebrated creators.

Musical Information

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1934)

Cast Size: Flexible

Genre: Revue

Setting: N/A

Creative Team

Music: Harold Arlen

Lyrics: Ira Gershwin, E.Y. Harburg

Cast Albums

Concert Revival Cast (2010)➝


1930s, Feel-GoodObscureRevue, Spring

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