The Theater: New Musical in Manhattan, Oct. 27, 1952

Buttrio Square (music by Arthur Jones & Fred Stamer; book by Billy Gilbert & Gen Genovese; lyrics by Mr. Genovese) is the sort of 1880-style musical that would have looked old hat in 1912. In 1952 it is overpoweringly tedious and trite—all about G.I.s in an occupied Italian village where fraternizing is forbidden. An American captain is secretly married to a native girl, the girl is going to have a baby, a sentimental old Italian wants his wife to have one, and the village needs one more inhabitant to graduate into a town. Though Buttrio Square is the center-of-life in an...

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