The Theater: New Musical in Manhattan, Jul. 7, 1952

Wish You Were Here (book by Arthur Kober & Joshua Logan; music & lyrics by Harold Rome) is a big musical blow-up of Having Wonderful Time, Arthur Kober's tender 1937 look at life in an adult Jewish summer camp. In Wish You Were Here, not only a group of fun-clutching, romance-seeking, would-be genteel New York vacationers have come to the Catskills; Broadway itself has joined the party. The suitcases are loaded down with Main Stem gimmicks and tricks, but the Joshua Logan touch has killed off the Kober ability to be touching.

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