Music: Grieg in Greasepaint

Despite the success of Blossom Time (Franz Schubert) and The Great Waltz (Johann Strauss) the rather obvious idea of building an operetta around the life of Norwegian Composer Edvard Hagerup Grieg apparently occurred to nobody until a year ago. Then it suddenly burgeoned in the brain of Edwin Lester, director of the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera Association. He proceeded to turn out one of the most lavish and expensive ($110,000) productions the Association has ever staged. Song of Norway opened in Los Angeles last fortnight and by last week, it was looking like a hit.

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