The Theater: New Musical in Manhattan, Nov. 12, 1951

Top Banana (words & music by Johnny Mercer; book by Hy Kraft; produced by Paula Stone & Mike Sloane) is the most enjoyable show, considering how many things are wrong with it, that Broadway has seen in years. Few recent musicals have been so generally fast on their feet; fewer still have been so truly funny. And none has been more of a one-man show.

The man is engaging, bespectacled Phil (High Button Shoes) Silvers, who works like a truck horse at the speed of a race horse and with the timing of a steeplechaser. As TV's headlining, scene-hogging, credit-grabbing Jerry Biffle,...

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