The Theater: New Musical in Manhattan, Jun. 28, 1943

Early to Bed (music by Thomas ("Fats") Waller; book & lyrics by George Marion Jr.; produced by Richard Kollmar) reached Broadway last week after tangling with censorship in Boston, where the show's locale was hastily changed from a Martinique bordello to a gambling casino. In Manhattan the producer decided to gamble on the bordello. Without it — since the point of the story is that Madame Rowena's establishment is mis taken for a girl's school — the plot could hardly have unwound, which might have been a very good thing. For, without letup, the book grinds its spurs into its...

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