The Theater: New Musical in Manhattan, Dec. 10, 1956

Bells Are Ringing (book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green; music by Jule Styne), to put first things first, brought Judy Holliday back to Broadway after six years in Hollywood. Moreover, it brought her back—not least because of her own presence in it—in a very likeable show. The Judy Holliday who started her career in nightclubs shines readily in a musical. She can sing or do take-offs of singers and adorn a chorus or dance. In the role of a warmhearted answering-service operator, she can quaver like a beldam or give a rumbling impersonation of Santa Claus. But what...

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