The Theater: Old Musical in Manhattan, Feb. 3, 1947

Sweethearts (book by Harry B. Smith & Fred De Gresac, with revisions by John Cecil Holm; music & lyrics by Victor Herbert & Robert B. Smith; produced by Paula Stone & Michael Sloane) emerges after 33 years as a vehicle—a sort of quaint old hearse—for Bobby Clark. It belongs to the Balkan Age of operetta, when princes wooed village maids who eventually turned out to be princesses in disguise, and the most personal and private crises were resolved in the village square.

Despite "book revisions," the colloquies and quips are plenty rusty. Nor do the

Victor Herbert tunes make up for the tara-diddles....

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