The Theater: Joystick of 1919

GOING UP

Book and Lyrics by OTTO HARBACH Music by LOUIS A. HIRSCH

The Goodspeed Opera House of East Haddam, Conn., has become a breeding ground for Broadway hits. In recent years, Man of La Mancha, Shenandoah and Very Good Eddie originated there. Although it is not really up to its predecessors, Going Up may continue the string. This is a sappy but ingratiating musical profile of a writer turned aviator who wins the socialite of his heart's desire by his daring handling of the joystick of a 1919 biplane.

Part of the charm of...