Short Takes: Apr. 26, 1993

THEATER

A Dime-Store Ziegfeld

TOM MEEHAN, THE LIBRETTIST OF ANNIE, describes his latest effort as "a brand- new 1948 musical." He means that AIN'T BROADWAY GRAND, which opened last week on the Great White Way, is a deliberate throwback to the aesthetic described in one of its lyrics as "tall dames and low comedy." Full of loud and tuneful music, skimpy costumes, tireless dancers, ageless baggy-pants comics, chutzpah and pizazz, the show celebrates the life and craft of producer Mike Todd, a dime-store Ziegfeld best remembered these days as the third of Elizabeth Taylor's eight husbands. That biographical fact is a...

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