The Theater: New Musical in Manhattan, Oct. 15, 1945

Polonaise (music by Frédéric Chopin & Bronislaw Kaper; lyrics by John Latouche; book by Gottfried Reinhardt & Anthony Veiller; produced by W. Horace Schmidlapp in association with Harry Bloomfield) is a sumptuously messy musical that involves a chronological partition of Poland. Eighteenth-Century Polish Tadeusz Kosciuszko, the freedom-loving volunteer of the American Revolution, supplies the plot; 19th-Century Polish Frédéric Chopin contributes most of the music; and 20th-century Polish Jan Kiepura (The Merry Widow) leads the singing.

The story begins with George Washington warmly saluting Tadeusz as a hero, shifts to Poland, where Kosciuszko unsuccessfully...

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