The Theater: New Musical in Manhattan, Mar. 7, 1955

Silk Stockings (music & lyrics by Cole Porter; book by George S. Kaufman Leueen MacGrath and Abe Burrows) spent three spotlighted months on the road pitching things out and patching things up. It will probably spend many months longer on Broadway. The reason is not that it offers anything unusual in the way of merit or novelty; it seems almost frightened of anything distinguished. The reason lies rather in a formula professionalism, a kind of glazed mediocrity, a persisting common touch that, here and there, is a touch too common. Silk Stockings is all Main Stem and no flower.

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