Theater: Hit Parade


Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser

As a composer and lyricist, Frank Loesser was a Broadway Thoroughbred; he was class of the field in Hollywood too. Yet in some peculiar way, full justice has never been done him. Melody lane's ivy wreaths of adulatory fame, bestowed over the years on Jerome Kern and Victor Herbert, on Irving Berlin and Cole Porter, on Rodgers and Hart and Rodgers and Hammerstein, on Lerner and Loewe and, in these latter days, on the slyly astringent Stephen Sondheim, never quite landed in full and profuse bloom...

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