The Theater: New Musical on Broadway, Oct. 31, 1960

Tenderloin (Book by George Abbott and Jerome Weidman; music and lyrics by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick; based on Samuel Hopkins Adams' novel) is the work of the same team that turned out Fiorello! Like Fiorello!, Tenderloin is a period musical whose scene is New York and whose subject is reform. Unlike Fiorello!, this yarn of a clergyman of the '90s crusading against Manhattan's vast red-light district and colliding with its venal police force proves pretty heavy going. The high-principled minister is no such fighting gamecock as La Guardia, and Maurice Evans makes musicomedy wear a stiff collar where Tom...

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