Theater: A Sweet and Sentimental Smash

ME AND MY GIRL Music by Noel Gay

Book and Lyrics by L. Arthur Rose and Douglas Furber

A troublesome thing happened to the Broadway musical comedy on the way to its beleaguered state: the form became known as simply the "musical." Dropping "comedy" was more than a shorthand simplification. It reflected a rising notion that shows with music should aspire to as broad a range of subjects and as intense an emotional focus as any straight play, and should integrate song, dance and story in an earnest -- often grittily realistic -- performance. This redefinition has yielded some extraordinary work...

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