George Abbott co-wrote the book with Lorenz Hart and Richard Rodgers. The original plan was for Abbott to direct. Two or three months before rehearsals were to start, Abbott quit. Different books give different reasons, ranging from a dislike for producer Dwight Deere Wiman, to frustration over several delays in the schedule, to simply feeling like going to Florida instead..
Reviews in Boston, where the tryout played, were generally favorable, but changes to the script were being made that the Rodgers and Hart felt were for the worse. Director Worthington Minor, used to directing plays but not musicals, was at sea not just with the logistics of a musical but with the personalities involved in the production. Abbott was called to Boston.
Abbott took over as director, uncredited, and restored the original script.