New Plays: Mediocrity into Success

Here is a musical to remember other musicals by. Promises, Promises is slick, amiable and derivative. No playgoer will feel gypped if he attends the show, nor will he miss a thing if he skips it.

Broadway hails fair-to-middling work as genius so long as it succeeds. Along Shubert Alley, the ultimate critic is the box office, and Promises, Promises will doubtless satisfy that arbiter of taste. The show follows all the hallowed tac tics for promoting mediocrity into success. One does not gamble with $500,-000; one invests in the imitation of...