Picks and Pans Review: Musical Comedy Tonight

UPDATED 10/01/1979 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 10/01/1979 at 01:00 AM EDT

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Ethel Merman, Carol Burnett, Sandy Duncan, Bernadette Peters, Bobby Van, Richard Chamberlain, John Davidson, Rock Hudson and Agnes DeMille sing and chat in producer-writer-host Sylvia Fine Kaye's tribute to the American musical theater. (See page 39.) The show recreates the original Broadway settings, costumes and orchestrations of 1927's Good News; 1934's Anything Goes, Cole Porter's first smash; 1943's Oklahoma!, Rodgers and Hammerstein's first collaboration, and 1970's Company, the work of Stephen Sondheim. Though tape can't capture the exuberance of a live performance, the show has its pleasant surprises (Chamberlain and Peters singing a Sondheim duet), plus a few real flopperoos (Merman and Hudson massacring You're the Top).

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2

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