Theater: Love in Bloom

THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONG Book by Neil Simon Music by Marvin Hamlisch Lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager

Broadway's paladin of laughter is back. It almost seems like an act of chivalry for Neil Simon to bestow his tonic comic gifts on a season as arid as this one has been. Of course, he has able assistance in this musical that, according to a program note, is "loosely based on the real-life relationship between the show's composer Marvin Hamlisch and its lyricist Carole Bayer Sager." Perhaps that is why the sharp crackle of humor in They 're Playing Our Song...