Theater: Coagulated Treacle

Of a ship that has suffered an accident at sea, it is sometimes said, in the vocabulary of marine gallantry, that she came into port "under her own power." In any given season, a surprising number of crippled shows, often musicals, limp into Manhattan listing badly. For them, Broadway is not a safe haven, but a bone yard.

Look to the Lilies belongs to this sorry lot. Adapted from the 1963 film Lilies of the Field, which starred Lilia Skala and Sidney Poitier, the show is peculiarly ill-attuned to the temper of the present time. The musical presents a group of West...

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