Theater: Anniversary Schmalz

I Do! I Do! In its stars, Mary Martin and Robert Preston, this musical is blessed; in its book and score, it is blubber. The show is a two-character, two-gun salute to the enduring joys and passing frustrations of 50 years of married life. "A marriage is neither an ecstasy nor a slavery; it is a commonwealth," said G. K. Chesterton; in I Do! I Do!, marriage is a half-century diet of cotton candy.

Adapted from the 1951 Broadway hit, The Fourposter, the musical retains the play's central prop, though here the bed is on...

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