The Theater: Weeper for the Losers

It was a command performance, and Broadway responded with its best. While no fewer than nine understudies carried on in Manhattan, stars from five smash musicals, including Sally Ann Howes (My Fair Lady), Thelma Ritter (New Girl in Town) and ten-year-old Eddie Hodges (The Music Man), entertained White House guests last week in a special musicale at a dinner for the Supreme Court.

But after the bravos, for stars and host alike, there was one sonorous boo from the Washington Post and Times Herald's drama critic, Richard L. Coe. What cooled Coe was the...

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