Pied Piper of Broadway

Abruptly, as if by some magical cue from the conductor, the 1,695 hypnotized customers in the audience begin to slam their hands together in rhythm to the march. ... Since opening night last Dec. 19, every audience has reacted in this same wholehearted way to The Music Man, Broadway's biggest musical hit.... In a fat Broadway season whose successes deal so clinically with such subjects as marital frustration, alcoholism, dope addiction, juvenile delinquency and abortion, The Music Man is a monument to golden unpretentiousness and wholesome fun—one of the happiest chemical explosions to hit the street since John Philip Sousa himself marched grandly into town, as the Music Man says, when Seventy-six trombones led the big parade With a hundred and ten cornets close at hand ...

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