The Theater: New Musical on Broadway, Dec. 21, 1959

Saratoga (adapted from Edna Ferber's novel Saratoga Trunk; music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer) is a gorgeously decked-out period musical, moving from a plush New Orleans in the '80s to a palmy Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The handsome sets and costumes by Cecil Beaton are much the brightest part of the show. Despite some lively Ralph Beaumont dances, some pleasant Harold Arlen music and some neat touches in Morton Da Costa's direction, Saratoga has all the animation of a tableau and all the narrative interest of something written 50 times on a blackboard.

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