THE FIVE O'CLOCK GIRL Book by Guy Bolton and Fred Thompson; Music and Lyrics by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby The Goodspeed Opera House of East Haddam, Conn., loves to rummage in the attic of the U.S. musical. Working with old and all-but-forgotten shows, the Goodspeed team, under Michael P. Price, displays the devotion and skill that a master restorer lavishes on a great painting.

The Goodspeed's latest New York entry, 1927's The Five O'Clock Girl, is as perishable as a butterfly's wings and possesses the same gossamer enchantment. In this never-ever land, a laundry-girl slavey, Patricia Brown (Lisby Larson),...

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