The Theater: Big Ben Strikes

It was a great day in the evening. In Manchester's hangar-sized Opera House, jammed from gates to gods, the customers cheered & cheered, the curtain rose & fell, the cast bowed & bowed. It was a triply ripping occasion: 1) the opening of Britain's first big postwar musical, Big Ben; 2) the 125th production by Britain's Flo Ziegfeld, aging (73), arthritic Charles Blake Cochran; 3) a show written by a Member of Parliament—bung-nosed Sir Alan Patrick Herbert, famed as a humorous writer ("A.P.H.") and as a pillar of the pub.

The show, bright and...

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