The Theater: New Musical in Manhattan, may 18, 1953

Can-Can (music & lyrics by Cole Porter; book by Abe Burrows) is a period musical in the good but also the bad sense of the word. It often captures the rakish, even the Lautrec-ish animation of Paris in the '905, but it has often, too, the feeble plotting and labored prattle of memory-book musicomedy. Actually a number of things in it merit high praise, but these do not include such trifles as the music, the lyrics or the libretto.

The music is pleasant enough, but not close to par for Cole Porter: it has...

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