The Theater: New Musical in Manhattan, Oct. 20, 1958

Goldilocks (book by Walter and Jean Kerr; music by Leroy Anderson; lyrics by the Kerrs and Joan Ford) takes place in 1913, in pioneer cinema days when redskins were swarming all over Fort Lee. The show itself concerns a short-on-cash, long-on-ego moviemaker and a sizzling-tongued actress he corrals for shotgun movie heroics on the eve of her society marriage. Communicating by insult, the two keep throwing knives at each other without for a long time realizing that they are actually Cupid's darts.

Goldilocks has a professional air, from the period brightness of the Peter Larkin sets and Castillo costumes to the sound...