First Nighter: "The Band Wagon" is Worth Jumping On

November 9, 2014 6:22 PM

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The list of delightful ingredients in the Encores! Series revival of The Band Wagon with its Arthur Schwartz-Howard Dietz score and--when it bowed in 1931--its Dietz-George S. Kaufman libretto is so long that not only is it pleasing the crowds attending at City Center, but it has the usual show-biz-insider suspects talking about a transfer for a longer Broadway run.

Without question, the most prominent come-on is that a score alternately playful and sophisticated is thrillingly available. Was there ever a more philosophically probing song than "Dancing in the Dark" composed for The Great White Way? Perhaps, but at he moment I can't think what it is?

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