Starting Here, Starting Now
From first kiss to painful breakup, romantic relationships come full circle in this intimate revue.
Show Essentials

Full Synopsis

Starting Here, Starting Now is a musical revue by Richard Maltby and David Shire. In addition to featuring songs that tell an individual story, the show has an overall arc that feeds into the main theme. While the show runs continuously from song to song without dialogue, there are subtle mini-plots provided by the authors to maintain a feeling of forward motion throughout the evening. As the actors perform the songs described below, it is the authors' hope that each number be played out as its own dramatic event; unfolding for the first time in front of the audience. It is this sense of emotional urgency and spontaneity that sets this revue apart from others.

Act One

"The World Is Love"
"Starting Here, Starting Now"
"A Little Bit Off"
"I Think I May Want to Remember Today"
"We Can Talk to Each Other"
"Just Across the River"
"Crossword Puzzle"
"I Don't Remember Christmas"
"I Don't Believe It"
"I Hear Bells"
"I'm Going to Make You Beautiful"
"Please with Myself"

Act Two

"Hey There Fans"
"Girl of the Minute"
"A Girl You Should Know"
"Watching the Big Parade Go By"
"What about Today"
"One Step"
"Song of Me"
"Today Is The First Day of the Rest of My Life"
"A New Life Coming"
"Curtain-Call Finale"



Cast Size: Flexible Cast Size
Cast Type: Ensemble Cast
Dance Requirements: None

Character Breakdown

Woman 1
At times she is confident and other times very timid and shy. Starry-eyed, nostalgic and romantic but not without moments of anger, desperation and dismay.
Gender: female
Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range top: C6
Vocal range bottom: A3
Woman 2
She is hopeful and naïve, sometimes longing for love and other times wanting nothing to do with it. Quirky and sexy at the same time.
Gender: female
Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: F3
Man 1
Bright-eyed. He is suave and slick, with the ability to be sincere and romantic. Very energetic and prone to putting on a front; sometimes falls to reveal skepticism, hurt, and anger.
Gender: male
Age: 25 to 35
Full Song List
Starting Here, Starting Now: I Am in Love
Starting Here, Starting Now: Starting Here, Starting Now
Starting Here, Starting Now: I'm a Little Bit Off
Starting Here, Starting Now: I May Want to Remember Today
Starting Here, Starting Now: Beautiful
Starting Here, Starting Now: Crossword Puzzle
Starting Here, Starting Now: Autumn
Starting Here, Starting Now: I Don't Remember Christmas
Starting Here, Starting Now: I Don't Believe It
Starting Here, Starting Now: I'm Going To Make You Beautiful
Starting Here, Starting Now: Hey, There Fans
Starting Here, Starting Now: A Girl You Should Know
Starting Here, Starting Now: Travel
Starting Here, Starting Now: Watching The Big Parade Go By
Starting Here, Starting Now: What About Today?
Starting Here, Starting Now: One Step
Starting Here, Starting Now: Song Of Me
Starting Here, Starting Now: Today Is the First Day Of The Rest Of My Life
Starting Here, Starting Now: A New Life Coming

Show History


Not yet the successes that they would each become, following their gradation from Yale, both together and individually, Maltby and Shire wrote many songs for shows that either closed out of town or were never produced. In 1977, during the early years of the Manhattan Theatre Club, artistic director Lynn Meadow, a fellow Yale graduate, came to the musical team and proposed that they do an evening of their songs for the theatre's cabaret. Their songs tend to be "story songs," each giving the character(s) a chance to explore a mini-drama, so the writers decided to assemble many of their songs into a revue, grouping them by theme. Thus, the beginnings of Starting Here, Starting Now were born.


Starting Here, Starting Now is a musical revue with lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr., and music by David Shire. With a cast of three and three musicians, the revue explores a variety of romantic relationships.

The revue was first produced at the Manhattan Theater Club in 1976 for a limited three-week engagement under the title An Evening of Theater Songs by Maltby and Shire. In March 1977, the show then moved Off-Broadway to the Barbarann Theater Restaurant, where it ran for 120 performances. The cast featured Loni Ackerman, Margery Cohen and George Lee Andrews.

Following its Off-Broadway debut, Starting Here, Starting Now premiered in the London fringe in 1984 at the Orange Tree Theatre and then later in an Off-West End production in 1993.

The show has gone on to huge regional success, as well numerous other London productions and mountings in other international markets, including South Africa and Sweden.

Cultural Influence

  • Cast recordings from both the original 1977 Off-Broadway Cast and the original 1993 London Cast of Starting Here, Starting Now have had commercial releases.


  • When Lynn Meadow came to Maltby and Shire about assembling some of their music into a revue for MTC, Richard Maltby was very much onboard, but David Shire was not. He wasn't sure that discarded songs and music from musical flops would come together to create something great. Nonetheless he gave his consent but held the project at a distance until he arrived after the first week of rehearsals and realized the potential for the show. At that point, he jumped fully onboard, himself.
  • Barbra Streisand made several of the Maltby and Shire songs included in Starting Here, Starting Now famous when she recorded them in the 1960's, including "Autumn," "Starting Here, Starting Now" and "What about Today."
  • The title song of Starting Here, Starting Now was recorded by Barbra Streisand and featured in her television special, "Color Me Barbra."

Critical Reaction

''The songs work and the evening works. [It] ...flows freely, naturally, effortlessly.... Starting Here, Starting Now is a life-enhancing grab bag of super-songs that no longer have to look for a show. They self-sustainingly justify their own existence and give a 'special tingle' to ours."
– New York Times

"The wry lyrics of Richard Maltby, Jr., combined with David Shire's buoyant music forge a fast-moving, ingratiating look at how love can go right, wrong or nowhere& four stars."
– Chicago Theatre Beat

"Revivifying to hear sentiments like these, particularly when they're sung to the infectious tunes of David Shire."
– LA Times

"Very charming and there's plenty here to enjoy."
– Chicago Tribune

Grammy Award

1977 - Best Cast Show Album, Nominee (lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr. ; Music by David Shire)



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Produced at Barbarann Theatre Restaurant, NYC by
Steve Abrams, Mary Jo Slater, Scott Mansfield and Morton Schwartz














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