The Theatre: New Musical in Manhattan, Oct. 16, 1944

Bloomer Girl (book by Sig Herzig and Fred Saidy from a play by Lilith & Dan James; music & lyrics by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg; produced by John C. Wilson in association with Nat Goldstone) was a roaring hit before it ever opened. Even after the superlatives have settled and the hats have dropped from the air, it remains a superior musical. A shiny period piece, it has approached its job with talent and invested a fortune with taste. Verbal comedy aside, it is an unusually well-rounded show—good music, likable lyrics, attractive dancing, engaging performers, stylish sets, gorgeous costumes,...

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