The Theater: Old Musical in Manhattan

Music In the Air (music by Jerome Kern; book & lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein 2nd; produced by Reginald Hammerstein) still has what it had when first produced in 1932—an extremely engaging Jerome Kern score. It no longer has very much else. Even in 1932, it employed old-fashioned European operetta largely as a model, if sometimes as a butt; its best chance in revival was to capture the nostalgic charm of an unabashed period piece. But as revived, the show as badly lacks bouquet as the production lacks style.

With such Kern favorites as I've...

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