The Theater: New Musical in Manhattan, Dec. 3, 1945

The Day before Spring (music by Frederick Loewe; book & lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner; produced by John C. Wilson) juts up above the messy season's other musical exhibits, but is still slightly below see level. It is tasteful and tuneful, has some pleasant performers, an agreeable look. Even so, it is too much like a rubber ball that is new, pretty, smooth—and just won't bounce.

One reason why The Day before Spring is something less than a gay Broadway show is that it tries too hard to be something more. It strives, commendably enough, for a special brand of freshness, but...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!