The Theater: New Musical on Broadway, Nov. 2, 1959

Take Me Along (music and lyrics by Bob Merrill; book by Joseph Stein & Robert Russell) sets to music Eugene O'Neill's only pleasant, nostalgic play of family life, and keeps it pleasantly nostalgic. In Ah, Wilderness! O'Neill traded tragedy for Tarkington, Freud for the Fourth of July, tom-toms for small-town brass bands. Take Me Along keeps much the same small-town look, 1910 flavor, horse-and-buggy pace. Its drinking is confined to a likable bachelor and a would-be sex-bad boy; its passion consists of the same boy's book-fed notions of it. Even in its parading, the show never turns brassy. Its tunes are...

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