The Theater: New Musical in Manhattan, Nov. 21, 1955

The Vamp (music and lyrics by James Mundy and John Latouche; book by John Latouche and Sam Locke) goes to the early silent-film days for its fun, and comes back emptyhanded. Considering the many experienced people involved, this constitutes a kind of feat in reverse.

Comedienne Carol Channing alone should, at the very least, give an aura to defeat. And The Vamp often seems to be Carol Channing alone, but however well or hard she works, she herself seems a little defeated. The show itself, for the most part, just lies on its side and...

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