The Theater: New Musical in Manhattan, Mar. 9, 1953

Wonderful Town (book by Joseph Fields & Jerome Chodorov; music by Leonard Bernstein; lyrics by Betty Comden & Adolph Green) is a kind of deluxe special train for bringing Hollywood's Rosalind Russell in triumph to Broadway. It is one of those happy musicals that have not just a lot of miscellaneous virtues but that are thoroughly professional from first to last. It has high points but no nosedives, and along with a sustained musicomedy briskness, preserves a genuine comedy air.

A musical version of My Sister Eileen, it plumps down two Ohio girls in a Greenwich Village basement. Ruth wants to write...

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