The Theater: Half-New Operetta

Gypsy Lady (music by Victor Herbert ; book by Henry Myers; produced by Edwin Lester) has turn-of-the-century music and a brand-new book, and it's hard to say which seems older. There is no question which seems pleasanter: the tunes borrowed from Victor Herbert's The Fortune Teller and The Serenade are melodious and nicely sung. But they are not quite pleasant enough to offset the damp-towel libretto or save an evening.

The libretto is itself a gypsy, decked out in every tarnished bit of satin and velvet in the operetta ragbag—Romany life, dukes, marquises, matinee...

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