The Theater: New Musical in Manhattan, Jun. 10, 1946

Around the World (adapted by Orson Welles from Jules Verne's Around the World in Eighty Days; music & lyrics by Cole Porter; produced by Mr. Welles) is Orson Welles with his foot on the loud pedal—which is roughly the equivalent of a lunatic asylum at the height of an electrical storm. Producer-Adapter-Actor-Magician Welles has blown up Jules Verne's famous yarn into a mammoth burlesque whose 34 scenes spill over the stage into the aisles and, when that won't do, resort to movie shots.

There are rides on plaster elephants, Hindu immolation ceremonies, Chinese opium hells, Japanese circuses, storms at sea, pistol...

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