U.S. Army "Blueprint Specials" and Other Soldier Shows
Musical revues created by the U.S. Army Special Services Division for soldiers to perform and published as a complete do-it-yourself kit containing script, orchestrations, set and costume designs, choreography, and program templates.
In addition to the published Soldier Shows, there were several musical revues that were similar in structure to the Blueprint Specials, but were created by individual units for a limited number of performances and were not published or distributed. Sometimes these productions toured the camps with a single cast, and sometimes they were performed at one location for a short time.
Stars and Gripes
This all-soldier musical revue produced by the Special Service Theater Section of Fort Hamilton.opened on July 13, 1943 at the War Department Theater and also toured several other Army camps in the New York area. Words and music are by Pfc. Harold Rome, who had already composed Pins and Needles and Ring Out the News for Broadway.
Several songs and sketches from this show were reused in Skirts, a 1944 revue performed in London by members of the U.S. Air Force (see below).
Skirts: An All American Musical in 15 Scenes
Music by Frank Loesser, Harold Rome, Leslie Stuart, Val Guest, and others.
Words by Arthur G. Brest, Frank Loesser, Leslie Weiner, Ben Bengal, Sam Locke, Harold Rome, Leslie Stuart, G. Gabrielson, Cliff Gordon, Lesan, Eric Spear, and others.
“Skirts” was premiered in London on January 25, 1944 by members of the U.S. 8th Air Force, Special Service Section. After its premiere it doesn't appear to have had any repeat performances, nor was it ever published.
Frank Loesser wrote the title song, and several songs and sketches were reused from Harold Rome's Army show Stars and Gripes (see above).