The Theater: New Musical in Manhattan, Jan. 1, 1951

Out of This World (music & lyrics by Cole Porter; book by Dwight Taylor & Reginald Lawrence; produced by Saint Subber & Lemuel Ayers) is as festal and glittering to look at as a Christmas tree. But under the tree, precious few gifts are displayed. Often, while the eye feasts on Lemuel Ayers sets and costumes, the mind wanders and the spirits slump. The decor aside, nothing in Out of This World is even remotely out of the top drawer.

The outstanding offender is the book. The show offers less a new version than...

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