Theater: Heel's Progress

What Makes Sammy Run? is the musical saga of Sammy Glick, who progresses, like a good heel should, from cutting corners to cutting throats. But since the book came out in 1941, something unsettling has happened to the heel; now the question is whether he should be scorned for his gall or admired for his How-to-Succeed spunk, shunned as a social leper or respected as a social dynamo. When the Sammy Clicks and Harry Bogens (I Can Get It for You Wholesale) first appeared in novels, the socio-economic climate was troubled, and heels were...

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