The Theater: New Musical in Manhattan, Jun. 4, 1945


Memphis Bound (lyrics & music by Don Walker & Clay Warnick; book by Albert Barker & Sally Benson; produced by John Wildberg) was first conceived as a swing H.M.S. Pinafore, later converted into an extravaganza about a Negro troupe who put on Pinafore to get their grounded showboat (the Calliboga Queen) off the Mississippi mudflats. But their version proves too much for their lady producer, and she bangs down the curtain on it.

She bangs down the curtain on much the best part of the show. Though this jive and boogie-woogie romp may have Gilbert & Sullivan...

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