The Theater: New Musical in Manhattan, may 28, 1951

New Musical in Manhattan Flahooley (music by Sammy Fain; book & lyrics by E. Y. Harburg and Fred Saidy; produced by Cheryl Crawford in association with Harburg & Saidy) is a lavish attempt by the creators of Finian's Rainbow to repeat their success. They fail, in part perhaps from too laboriously repeating their formula. Once again they have mingled the tinkling sheep bells of fantasy with the braying loudspeakers of satire, this time robbing the Arabian Nights while ribbing American Big Business. What results is all the hurly-burly of a carnival with very little of the gaiety.

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