From Abandoned Baby in Wheeling to Hollywood Hills

“Tally Ho Baby” was the name the local media gave to an unidentified, 10-day-old, baby girl found in a cardboard box inside the front door of the Tally Ho Apartment Building on National Road in Wheeling many years ago.

She became a ward of the state and was scheduled to be transported to the state orphanage when a young Wheeling couple—attorney George Bailey and his wife Lucretia—told the judge they wanted to adopt her. She became Barb Bailey, grew up in Wheeling with her loving family, and fell in love with the arts. She went on to a decades-long career in the music industry as a singer, writer, producer and booking agent.

Through story and song, her latest project, aptly titled “Tally Ho Baby,” tells her heartwarming and hilarious journey from an abandoned baby in a box to a glamorous life in the Hollywood Hills.

“Tally Ho Baby” is the personal story of Wheeling-born entertainer, Barb Bailey – who was a baby found in a cardboard box inside the front door of the Tally Ho Apartment Building on National Road and went on to a decades-long career in the music industry. Her unforgettable story is told in heartfelt songs. Barb will perform “Tally Ho Baby” at 7 pm Saturday, April 30 at Towngate Theatre in Wheeling.

Bailey will perform “Tally Ho Baby” on Saturday, April 30 at 7 p.m. at Towngate Theatre in Wheeling. Meet and greet with cash bar, desserts and a champagne toast will follow the performance.

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“Tally Ho Baby” is also a loving tribute to Barb’s parents as well as her birth mother, who remains unknown, and who Barb thanks for giving her life, a chance to grow up and leaving her in a safe place where she would be found.

The show also includes many stories about growing up in Wheeling as well as her encounters with celebrities from Burt Reynolds, Lady Gaga and Paris Hilton to high-class call girls.

Tickets for the show are $20 and can be purchased at or by calling 304-242-7700. Tickets can also be purchased at the door, if available. Box office opens one hour prior to curtain. However, advance registration is recommended. Many shows sell out.

This program is presented with support from Kalkreuth Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc. and Hampton Inn Wheeling.

A church-turned-theater in Wheeling’s historic Centre Market District, Towngate is a cornerstone of creative life in Wheeling and serves as an entertainment destination for residents of Wheeling, the Upper Ohio Valley and beyond. People of all ages and backgrounds gather here to create and experience art onstage.

Towngate is one of several Wheeling venues operated by the non-profit Oglebay Institute. Other OI facilities include: The Stifel Fine Arts Center and School of Dance on National Road, the Mansion Museum, Glass Museum and Schrader Environmental Education Center in Oglebay.