Theater: Skyscraper and Swizzle Stick

MY ONE AND ONLY Music by George Gershwin; Lyrics by Ira Gershwin Staged and Choreographed by Thommie Walsh and Tommy Tune

Tommy Tune makes his entrance in My One and Only dangling from the harness of a parachute. In the modern Broadway musical, that kind of stunt has become standard. Sleights of hand and eye dominate such shows as Cats, Dreamgirls, Nine and Merlin. Like My One and Only, these musicals are not more than sheen-deep. Spectacle swamps substance, testifying to T.S. Eliot's verdict that modern man longs to be "distracted from distraction by...

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