Theater: It Shouldn't Happen To Santa Claus

Here's Love. It shouldn't happen to Macy's. It shouldn't happen to Gimbels. And it certainly shouldn't happen to Santa Claus. The sorry, dispiriting news is that Meredith Willson has temporarily lost his Music Man bounce, and Here's Love has all the festive gaiety of a lead balloon.

Willson has borrowed the book for his musical from a whimsical little cream puff of a 1947 movie called Miracle on 34th Street. Stuck with an inebriated Santa, Macy's unwittingly hires the real Kris Kringle to handle the reins as Donder, Blitzen, et al., mush through the...

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