Theater: New Musical on Broadway

New Musical on Broasway

Carnival! (book by Michael Stewart, based on material by Helen Deutsch; music and lyrics by Bob Merrill) sets to music the traditional Continental world of the small, bedizened, sad-eyed circus troupe—a world not of popcorn but of pony ballets, with a touch of childlike innocence redeeming its tawdriness. Carnival! is, in fact, out of the movie Lili, with a faint echo or two of Liliom; it celebrates a milieu whose romantic lure is born of its realistic hardships, a milieu almost symbolically touching for its way of suggesting the loneliness in crowds, the heartbreak in gaiety, and the...