The Theater: New Musical in Manhattan, Dec. 17, 1956

Happy Hunting (book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Grouse; music by Harold Karr; lyrics by Matt Dubey) opened to a $1,500,000 advance sale and may take in a few pennies more. For it boasts Ethel Merman, who is known to be fun no matter what she appears in. Happy Hunting proves it: as musicomedy, it is more than just not out of the top drawer, it is from a discontinued line of furniture. Even what is most up to date about the show—its background of the Grace Kelly wedding—is satirically, by now, down to peanuts.

But Musicomedienne Merman goes at her work...

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