The Theater: Old Musical in Manhattan

On Your Toes (music & lyrics by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart; book by Rodgers, Hart and George Abbott) is a good deal oftener on its uppers. The musical that in 1936 really put jazz ballet on Broadway, On Your Toes was perhaps from the start pretty much all thumbs where it wasn't nifty footwork. Time has tended to merge the show and the ballet into one, but they are scarcely more alike than Buffalo and Niagara Falls.

Not that with its Balanchine choreography On Your Toes still hasn't its points as a dance show. With its throbbing

Rodgers score, Slaughter on Tenth...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!