The Theater: New Musicals in Manhattan, Jan. 8, 1945

Sing Out, Sweet Land! (book by Walter Kerr; produced by the Theater Guild) is a songbook history of American life. Combining folk music with Tin Pan Alley tunes, it warbles its way across the centuries—the voice of a canoeman floating down the Ohio, a chorus raised in an Illinois clearing, a medley of tunes on a Mississippi steamboat, a soldiers' rouse round a Civil War campfire, the guttural throb of Negro blues, the frilly ditties of the Gay Nineties, the brash rhythms of speakeasy jazz.

In the long procession troop Susannah, Frankie & Johnnie,...

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