The Theater: Giant Step Backward


A Musical

Seeing Shenandoah is like riffling through a 30-year-old scrapbook of the U.S. musical theater. Here is a Rodgers and Hammerstein type of show, though it conspicuously lacks the abundant gifts of R & H. Here are the stomping, thigh-slapping, open-air dances styled in the mode of Agnes de Mille. Here are the strong, silent heroes who conquered the land, together with their deferential but spunky helpmeets, whose chief tasks were to bear children and get the vittles on the table. It is all sentimentally endearing, and it marks one giant step...

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