Written in the lighter form of musical comedy rather than
their traditional "serious" musical form, Me and
Juliet was Rodgers and Hammerstein's Valentine to Broadway.
Taking place both backstage and onstage during the performance
of a play, it dealt mainly with the love triangle between a singer
in the chorus, an assistant stage manager and a jealous, heavy-drinking
electrician. The melody of the show's best-known tune had previously
been used on an episode of NBC's Victory at Sea.
Me and Juliet premiered at the Majestic Theatre
on May 28, 1953 and ran for 358 performances. The original cast
featured Isabel Bigley, Bill Hayes and Mark Dawson.