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Salient. The Newspaper of Victoria University College. Vol. 19, No. 7. June 16, 1955

Back to Broadway

Back to Broadway

I think that the whole cast would have been happier playing on Broadway than on the rough payements of a Scottish village square. Cyd Charhase is no Scottish less, and her partners in an elaborate female-chorus rentine are obvlously not her aisters. Van Johnson plays a cliche musical comedy type but la miscast. His brand of playing la for a more civilised world.

Gene Kelly seems bewildered both in his acting and choreography. Kelly certainly has charm, but his is the sort of charm that radiates in the company of tired artists and musicians (as in "An American in Paris") or tired film directors and writers (as in "Singin in the Rain")—An orange in a fried fish shop. There are rare moments of typical Kelly, such as the "Almost like being in love" sequence, but these seem a little forced. So are the dance sequences which he arranged. They lack simplicity and ruggedness. This is a case of "scots who did taps no longer do taps they do choreography. And "choreography" is a sophiticated expression.

"Brigadoon" is entertaining enough it has a bright musical score (carefully arranged so that there is not too much bagpipe moanings) and some good lyries. But as a production from Home of the best in the musical comedy world 1C is disappointing.