The music was written by Vernon Duke, who also composed music for the musicals Ziegfeld Follies
and Cabin in the Sky
. The lyricist was Yip Harburg, also wrote the lyrics for The Wizard of Oz
, including the classic "Over The Rainbow
." They wrote the song for the Broadway production Walk A Little Faster
, which debuted in 1933 with Evelyn Hoey singing the stage version. The lasted just one season, but the song proved much more popular.