As stated in Matthew Algeo's book "Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure: The True Story of a Great American Roadtrip", "Harry and Bess Truman saw this stage play in New York in 1953 at the ... See full summary »

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As stated in Matthew Algeo's book "Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure: The True Story of a Great American Roadtrip", "Harry and Bess Truman saw this stage play in New York in 1953 at the Winter Garden Theater on Broadway. It was written by Joseph Fields and Jerome Chodorov, with music by Leonard Berstein and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Wonderful Town is the story of two sisters from Ohio who move to New York City in search of fame and fortune in 1935." "... The most uproarious and original musical carnival we have had since Guys and Dolls. Six Tonys. Written by Jude Peeling Kirkner

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Rosalind Russell, Cris Alexander, Jordan Bentley, Ted Beniades, Isabella Hoopes, Dort Clark and Michele Burke all reprise the roles they created on Broadway. See more »

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A Little Bit in Love
Music by Leonard Bernstein
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Wonderful Town! Wonderful Play! Wonderful Rosalind Russell!!
29 April 2002 | by See all my reviews

I feel that "Wonderful Town" is great for those of us that dislike the "over done" type Broadway musicals. (Although, I think of it now, over done IS what Broadway IS about!) The story, very simple: two sisters that come from Ohio to hit it big in New York city. But of course, it's not as easy as it sounds. I think they also have some of the biggest sterio typical characters I've yet to see on one screen! Jackie McKeever (a practicly unknown stage actress. Which she'd been and is going to be for the rest of her life!) plays the bubble-headed blond, Eileen. All she cares about is when is her next man going to show up! Which dosen't seem to hard sense almost every man she meets starts to drool when he see's her!Her reasons for coming to New York are very simple. To brake into the theater! ("Well, you have the face and build for it.") Next you have Ruth, Eileen's big sister. Played by none other than Rosalind Russell. Ruth is attractive, tall, dark, sharped witted and repelle's almost every man she meets! ("I did run into one man. And he said, 'Why the hell don't you watch where your goin'!'") There are a lot of other character's that need no going into if you'v read the book, seen the movie or seen the play. The musical numbers for the most part are fun and easy to take. the best song's have to be, "Ohio," (preformed by McKeever and Russell.) One Hundered Easy Ways to Lose a Man," "Swing,"(both mainly done by Roz. Although she has never been thought of for her singing, she was brilliant! She made it all fun and gave everything she did "energy!" Even though she was 51 years, she was still beautiful and more vibrent then the whole cast put together!)"Quite Girl" and "The Wrong Note Rag." I musn't forgett Cris Alexander! He was very funny, and very loveble in the role of Frank Lippincott. He played of everyone very well and was a fine actor. (I think he and Roz were the one's that held the whole thing together, really.)

But all and all, this was a great virsion. You well never see these musical numbers done as peppy, or the Ruth so funny and still so radient and lovely. La, what a Wonderful Town it was....


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