The Theater: New Musical in Manhattan, Jul. 25, 1949

Miss Liberty (music & lyrics by Irving Berlin; book by Robert E. Sherwood; produced by the Messrs. Berlin & Sherwood and Moss Hart) was Broadway's most ballyhooed hot-weather opening since Composer Berlin's bang-up This Is the Army in 1942. This is not the army. This is not even a very exciting summer event. Miss Liberty has much that is sound Broadway about it, but little of Berlin at his best, and nothing of Sherwood at all.

The scene is the 1880s, when France had just shipped the Statue of Liberty (in 200-odd cases) to the U.S. The plot concerns a circulation war...

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