Despite its evergreen score, the show's frivolous libretto has made "Hit the Deck" unrevivable on Broadway. That said, MGM's remake, while not financially successful, inspired a full-blown stage production five years later, becoming the fifth summer attraction at the massive, outdoor Jones Beach Marine Theatre in Long Island, NY. That revival, mounted in 1960 by Guy Lombardo, starred Gene Nelson, Jane Kean and Jules Munshin, with a revised book by Ira Wallach. It was not a success; whereas nearly every other Jones Beach musical ran two consecutive seasons, "Hit the Deck" ran but one.
This morning I had four men fighting over me. Now I've got nothing.
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