Theater: Hootchy-Koo


Directed, Choreographed

and Costumed by Geoffrey Holder

Almost everyone has heard of zero population growth and zero-base budgeting. To judge by last month's On the Twentieth Century and last week's Timbuktu! Broadway is rapidly nearing ZQM—zero quality musicals.

One problem is that Broadway scarcely ever engenders a totally new musical these days. It rehashes old ones or injects old plays with songs and dances. The most popular recent marketing device is to turn originally all-white musicals into all-black musicals. In the current instance the show is based on Kismet, and the locale has been changed from Baghdad to Africa, though the basic beat and...

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