Music: Helen Goes to Broadway

When Jacques Offenbach's operetta La Belle Hélène was first performed in Paris in the days of Empress Eugenie. Prince Metternich took one horrified gander at its neo-Homeric ribaldry, primly led his wife to the nearest exit. But La Belle Hélène outlived Metternich. Last week, in a new version called Helen Goes to Troy, a lavish $140,000 Manhattan production that seemed likely to become Broadway's latest smash-hit musical, it was still going strong.

Produced by Yolanda Mero-Irion's New Opera Company (TIME, Nov. 9, 1942), Helen Goes to Troy has a revised book and a slightly altered...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!