Theater: New Musical on Broadway

The Happiest Girl in the World has

several Broadway marriage brokers—Librettists Fred Saidy and Henry Myers, Lyricist E. Y. Harburg—trying to unite Aristophanes and Offenbach. Unaware or uninterested that the two are mismated, the matchmakers give their efforts much more sense of ravishment than of matrimony. For plot they have gone to Lysistrata, with its inspired, antiwar idea of having wives lock their bedroom doors to make their husbands lay down their arms. But in production terms that idea has recurrently inspired more bad taste and ponderous bawdry than it was ever worth,...

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