The Theater: New Musical in Manhattan, may 27, 1957

New Girl in Town (book by George Abbott; music and lyrics by Bob Merrill). No one in the American theater has trudged so far or so heroically or so alone, been so indifferent to pace or careless of pitfalls as Eugene O'Neill. No one in the American theater has proved such a steam calliope down the Main Stem, shown such a knack for pacing, for well-oiled speed, for sociable razzle-dazzle as George Abbott. And with the insouciance that pervades the American theater, when a musical is made of O'Neill's Anna Christie it is George Abbott who writes the libretto and directs...

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