The Theater: New Musical in Manhattan, Nov. 11, 1957

Jamaica (music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg; book by Harburg and Fred Saidy) boasts Lena Horne and much that is stylish and charming. Its achievement, to be sure, is more one of atmosphere than of action, of grace than of speed. The humor in Jamaica is covert and glancing; the very hurricanes blow up too fast to be spectacular; even the calypso recalls an island charmer of long ago.

The danger in all this is growing languor and ultimate drowsiness. That is what befell Composer Aden's tropical House of Flowers,...

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