A nostalgic revue, Sugar Babies (subtitled "the burlesque musical"), starring Mickey Rooney and Ann Miller, opened on Broadway on October 9, 1979, and ran over 1, 200 performances. Unfortunately, the late '70s marked the nadir of record companies' interest in recording Broadway shows, and with a score largely made up of Jimmy McHugh/Dorothy Fields evergreens ("I Feel a Song Comin' On," "I'm in the Mood for Love," "I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Baby," "On the Sunny Side of the Street"), Sugar Babies was even less likely than most to gain a recording. In fact, it wasn't until July 18, 1983, that a company called Broadway Entertainment recorded the show and released it in very different forms on LP and cassette: the cassette contained much extra music from a show that apparently added and dropped material frequently during its run. The cast album has been reissued by IBR Classics, Varèse Sarabande and, now, Original Cast, the last in its lengthy cassette form. In any form, it is an entertaining throwback to the days of vaudeville, with the principals in excellent form. The older music is more impressive than the recent additions by Arthur Malvin, but the whole thing is a delight.
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AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann