Music: Formidable!

"In Europe," Composer Heitor Villa-Lobos once complained, "I am known as Villa-Lobos. In the United States I am only a Brazilian—applauded because of the Good Neighbor policy."

But Villa-Lobos' U.S. neighbors are getting to know him better. His latest music arrived on Broadway this week in a garishly attractive package—a flamboyant new musical called Magdalena. For want of a better label, Sponsor Homer Curran and Producer Edwin Lester had billed it as "a musical adventure."

Listen to the Boomlay. The 38-piece orchestra included 16 native percussion instruments (with names like the pio, chocalho de metal, reco-reco and matraca) which thumped and clattered...

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