The Theater: New Musical on Broadway, Dec. 7, 1959

Fiorello! (book by Jerome Weidman and George Abbott; music and lyrics by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick). Despite an exclamation point that gives it the look of an Italian war cry, Fiorello! matches up with La Guardia, telling the story of New York City's Little Flower from the time he first ran for Congress until his second and successful bid for mayor. The irascibly humane fighting gamecock, whose career, as a matter of fact, has something of the air of a war cry, displays in the theater, as he did on the platform, a naturally theatrical personality. The period through which...

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