Based on the famed classic movie and its novelization, this stage version of the classic coming-of-age story had some bad luck, closing quickly in the aftermath of 9/11, but it’s a charming, if rather low-key, show with a lot to be said for it. Like the film it’s based on, it manages to be frank and earthy in its treatment of adolescent males while also having an overall feel of gentle sentimentality very different from today’s crude teen comedies. The score to this musical doesn’t quite equal the beauty and atmosphere of the film’s famous Michel Legrand score, but it’s a good match for its style, and quite lovely and evocative on its own terms. The score, while not sung-through, plays like a free-flowing whole, with few numbers emphasized, but there are a few things that stand out, particularly the ballads for Dorothy (played on the recording by Rachel York) and the Andrews Sisters pastiches for a trio of teenage girls. There are also some touching duets, sensual passages with a Sondheim-like sound, and some raucously risqué comedy numbers for the boys which help to lighten the mood. There’s even a song, the belted ballad “Losing Track of Time”, that’s had something of a life outside the show. As I said, the show essentially flopped through no fault of its own, but it’s actually a pretty good adaptation, and given the fame and name recognition commanded by its source material, one hopes the musical version is eventually given a second chance.