This show came out just at the tail end of the pre-Producers slump period, and it broke a lot of people’s hearts to see such a potentially great show fall by the wayside. The book is superb, at once an enchantingly nostalgic look back at classic television variety shows and a biting duel-of-wits-with-romantic-subtext, a kind of musical comedy The Lion In Winter or Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? The new songs are equally sharp and clever, but they’re really not the main attraction…this is essentially a jukebox musical filled out with a few plot numbers. The real draw of the show was seeing two performers who should have become A-list Broadway stars decades ago, George Dvorsky and Sally Mayes, give eye-popping performances of classic songs like “Lover”, “Besame Mucho”, “Black Coffee”, and “Fever”. Like I said, people were devastated when this show shuttered almost instantly, ruining any chance that it would ‘revitalize’ Broadway…which, in all honesty, I’m not entirely sure it wouldn’t have done. Like The It Girl, this show hasn’t caught on in the local market to any great degree, but in this case I have to say I have no idea why. I’d assume that they were intimidated by the original cast, but Dvorsky and Mayes are nowhere near the huge stars they probably deserve to be, so that seems a bit unlikely. And to be fair, the show has evidently had at least a few local productions, but still confusingly little. If Zanna, Don’t and the stage version of Fame, in spite of their near-total lack of merit, can catch on just by being cheap to produce and crowd-pleasing in a primitive way, why can’t this underrated gem of a show, which has all that plus a great book and score and leading parts to kill for, achieve comparable success? In any case, I cannot recommend this show and its cast album enough, and I can only hope it finally finds the audience it deserves.