Park Avenue (1946)

Book by George S. Kaufman and Nunnally Johnson
Music by Arthur Schwartz
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin

An unusual and sophisticated show, written by some of the finest talents of the musical theater, with material far ahead of its time. Park Avenue is a small-scale farce involving the dangers of apparent serial monogamy among New York's upper classes. Set in the Hamptons, Park Avenue involves a series of mistaken identities and misbegotten marriages and love affairs. A brittle musical comedy that was overlooked in the middle of the post-war return to homespun values, the show nevertheless deserves another viewing, especially with such witty songs as "Don't Be a Woman if You Can," by Schwartz and Gershwin.

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