The Theatre: New Musical in Manhattan: Nov. 27, 1939

Very Warm for May (music by Jerome Kern, book & lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein, 2nd). First Kern musicomedy to reach Broadway since 1933, Very Warm for May brought out a glittering first-night audience. The audience proved much more glittering than the show. Kern's tunes were bright and strummy enough, but a raucous, epileptic plot made the show a bird that could sing but not fly.

Not that Very Warm for May lacks "ideas." Rather, it is swamped by them. Providing an elaborate burlesque of summer barn theatres, with their mauve-tinted playwrights, dimwit patronesses and...

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