Music: 25-Year Sleeper

Sing me a song with social significance.

All other tunes are taboo . . .

It must be tense with common sense Or I won't love you.

The curtain raiser does not even come close to reflecting the sentiments of today's musical comedy. But even in their own livelier era, the lyrics were part of one of the most improbable musical hits ever to reach the stage—the 1937 show, Pins and Needles. Produced by the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union, P. & N. opened with an amateur union cast in Manhattan's 300-seat Labor Stage Theater, and to the garment workers' astonishment, it ran for...

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