On Broadway: Old Gal in Town


Legend has it that Marlene Dietrich once had a record made consisting of nothing but snippets of applause from her triumphal concerts in Europe. Opening a six-week run of her one-woman show in Manhattan last week, Marlene garnered enough adoring acclaim to make an album. The bravos began before the curtain rose, and there were screams of joy after every encore as ecstatic young men in tight trousers pranced down the aisles to toss bouquets of roses upon the stage.

In truth, Dietrich doesn't do badly for a 65-year-old grandmother—even though she stands on stage as rigidly expressionless as Ed...

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