Music: Command Performance

The rococo Paris Opera House last week had its first command performance for troops since Hitler and friends were entertained there in June 1940. This time the audience was a khaki blend of 2,200 G.I.s, WACs, British Tommies. They got a lecture-demonstration of the mysteries of ballet.

The producers weren't sure just how much ballet G.I.s could stand, so they corned it up. The show traced the growth of a dancer from an eight-year-old student "rat" to the première danseuse in Giselle. Late in the evening, for the first time in its history, the...

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