Theater: Cinderella Is a Negro

Hallelujah, Baby! Broadway frequently believes that it is more blessed to borrow than to beget, which is why so many musicals seem like retrospective shows of previous shows. Hallelujah, Baby! takes the standard saga of a showbiz Cinderella who wants a Shubert Alley marquee for her tiara and combines it with an up-from-wage-slavery plot dating from the social-protest '30s. The only novelty is that the protagonists are Negroes. While it affects to be a six-decade panorama of Negro advancement, the show is more like a petrified forest of liberal and sentimental clichés through...

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