The Theater: New Musical in Manhattan, Mar. 22, 1954

The Golden Apple (music by Jerome Moross; words by John Latouche) is a slightly offbeat musical, given a slightly off-Broadway production (by the new, knowledgeable lower Second Avenue Phoenix Theater—TIME, Dec. 14). All in all, it makes what's on-beat take a beating, and Broadway seem a little backward. The Golden Apple transports the Trojan War set, with considerable irreverence, to the U.S. around 1900—specifically, to a small town near Mt. Olympus, Wash. "Roughly the first half acts out the Iliad: Helen (Kay Ballard), the wife of a local dignitary, runs off with a...

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