Music: Extravagant Eclectic

It might have been a sports event, a church sermon, an opera, a musical comedy. It was, in fact, all of those things. Produced at Manhattan's Judson Memorial Church, A Look at the Fifties comprised an entrancing hodgepodge of tap dancing, singing, recitations and thunderous chorales providing running commentary on, of all things, an actual basketball game. It won rave reviews, packed the church for three weekends recently—then vanished. So it goes with the work of the Rev. Al Carmines, who wrote the show and is fast emerging as one of New York's...

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