The Theater: New Musical in Manhattan, Apr. 2, 1945

The Firebrand of Florence (music by Kurt Weill; book by Edwin Justus Mayer & Ira Gershwin; produced by Max Gordon) sets to music Edwin Justus Mayer's 20-year-old comedy about Benvenuto Cellini, The Firebrand. Though the music itself proves an asset, it has to consort with a yarn that time has made paunchy and libretto-writing made puerile. The brawling mankiller, the dashing lady-killer, the impudent, artistic scapegallows Benvenuto (Earl Wrightson) becomes just another musicomedy swashbuckler; the plot and gags are such spinach that the whole thing turns out to be a musical poached eggs...

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