Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2006

Music Revivals (American Style)

There were too many of them for Broadway's own good (even The Drowsy Chaperone, last spring's hot new show, revived a mythical old one), but let's remember two especially good ones. Bob Avian, who helped Michael Bennett mount the original production of A Chorus Line, oversaw a faithful remounting of the dance-ten classic and proved that it can still deliver the same kicks. And Kathleen Marshall mounted a stylish, cheery remake of The Pajama Game, with the help of two terrific stars: Harry Connick Jr., who made women swoon with his silky voice and rippling pecs, and Kelli O'Hara, who made me swoon with the warm, Mary Martin lilt of her soprano.