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'Windy City', Three Men on the Horses, Has Looks and Music, But Weak Plot (Reprinted from yesterday's final edition)
'Windy City', Three Men on the Horses, Has Looks and Music, But Weak Plot (Reprinted from yesterday's final edition)
Title'Windy City', Three Men on the Horses, Has Looks and Music, But Weak Plot (Reprinted from yesterday's final edition)
CreatorLeonard, William
DescriptionLeonard reviews the music, comedy, sets and performances of this Thursday night show enthusiastically, but laments a plot that he describes as "riddled with holes through which you could drive a State Street car." Part of the trouble is what he sees as the inability of the audience to find sympathy for the "shiftless" protagonist, a character who seems to not want to work and to be unable to break his familial gambling habits. This reviewer felt that because the plot "took itself seriously" it was impossible to ignore its shortcomings. Of Dunham's choreography, he writes: "a vivid contribution to the show, " if not quite as anthropologically correct for South State Street as the dances were for the West Indies in "Tropical Review".
CollectionSCRC Text (Southern Illinois University Carbondale)
SubcollectionKatherine Dunham Papers
Original Publication SourceChicago Journal of Commerce
Place WrittenChicago, IL
Date(s)1946-05-18
Subjects -titlesWindy City
Subjects -peopleYordan, Phillip (Author) ; Jurman, Walter (music) ; Webster, Paul Francis (lyrics) ; Dunham, Katherine (choreography) ; Mielziner, Joe (sets) ; Conte, John ; Miller, Susan ; Shean, Al ; Williams, Frances ; Faye, Joey ; Smith, Loring ; Hertz, Ralph
Other topicsGreat Northern Theater
Collection ID/Box#FP20_7_F1DUNHAM_B102_F14_04
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Transcript^Windy City^^ Three Men on the Horses, Has Looks and Music, But Weak Plot
By William Leonard
WINDY CITY" is a beautiful show, imaginatively mounf, -1 ed and well equipped in the music and comedy depait- mencs, but built around a story riddled with holes through which you could drive a State Street car. i
If it were an orthodox musical comedy that opened at the. Great Northern last night, you could follow the estabhshed custom of ignoring the boOk and concentrating on the girls and gags, but this is not a musical comedy. It is a "pla\- njth music and the plot takes itself seriously, which ]- I ;omething of i pit\
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HAPPY TAPSTRESS. Bef, Bruce hoofs beguilingiy in thi Shubert's "Up In Central Park."
theatrical terms
ncket( ston moves thiou'jh
hilf dozen highly effective sets bv
Jo Mielziner who has ut hzed a
touch of thp samp snip w fh which
he designed The Glais Mena^ene
bolstered W th a i excellent SPOre bi Walfer Jjiman ii I trickl glovf tight hrlca bj Paul Pzancis Webstei
Katheiine Dunham s thoieogia phi doesn t mirror the atmospheie of south State 'itiect as accuratelj Tropical Re\ue did the West Indies yet the dances are a ilvid cDntnbutlon to the show So is Rose Bogc anoff s costuming luridly ai d exaggeratedly depicting
the garishnesB of the neighborhood as seen in Danny's mind's eye.
As for the cast, Richard Kollmar has assembled a roster with scarcely a weakness!
Danny is played by John Conte; whose lack of experience is apparent, though In unimportant degree, tn' his acting, but whose'singing gives lad much of the charm the role j cries for.
Susan Miller, as the girl who tires ( of waiting for him to change his f \, has an exciting way with a; song, and a personality that regis- ' ¦;er3 across the footlights.
The veteran Ai Sliean plays' cVamps" O'Brien, and Lor Ing smith plays the middle generation, Danny's father. Tliey are a grand jiir ri =talwirf= and their Gamblers Luilaby sung n co pa r wi h Dai nj as they turn for the night n heir sleazy ho.e room is a wonderfully begu line la i ent that a hand cappe a life s ha dlj wortl- the ri^k t s not e ery l-o e Seab scult is
Prances Williams is o hand to ¦iing two song and s g them well in a role com] etely detached fio n the rest of tl e book
Joey Pave as a haple s bu lesque clow Jack Diamoi d as the b riv producer Ralph Hertz a tl e cigar store owne md Tom Pedi s the bark'ep ai effect cha acteriaa on e fel ke ome broid car cature that gi e W ndv City a boo t Majoi
Original Formatreview
Original dimensions (cm.)26 x 19
Digital Object TypeImage
Digital File Format.tif
Digital File PublisherSpecial Collections Research Center, Morris Library, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
LanguageEnglish
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