The Theater: New Musical in Manhattan, Mar. 11, 1957

Ziegfeld Follies can be thanked for bringing Beatrice Lillie, after four years, back to Broadway. Unhappily, it has brought nothing of its fabled oldtime self back. Not only is Rome not rebuilt in a day; not only do styles in architecture change—even showgirl architecture—but there is the always irreducible need of using good bricks and mortar.

In this show, to be sure, there are the required number of stately showgirls with whole gardens in their hair, the remembered number of semi-nudes descending the staircase. And as of yore, the flesh is willing; but the spirit is weak. The spirit, in fact, has...

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