The Theater: Broadway Blunders

Anna Russell and Her Little Show was built around an English mimic of various styles of singing and pianoplaying. Diligent, perceptive, unfunny, Actress Russell was like a perfume that had every merit except fragrance.

Carnival in Flanders (book by Preston Sturges; music & lyrics by James Van Heusen & Johnny Burke) spent some $300,000 and almost a year getting itself in shape as a musical. But it was still so shapeless that even the unflagging verve of its star, Dolores Gray, could not make it last more than a week.

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