Was 1964 Broadway's Greatest Year for Musicals? Dolly, Fiddler, Funny Girl and Other Groundbreakers

By Robert Viagas
15 May 2014

November 10 Two weeks after her Music Man co-star returned to Broadway, so did the original Marian the Librarian, Barbara Cook. Audiences who had loved her in 1963’s She Loves Me had their fingers crossed for Something More!, but the tawdry story about a suburban Long Island couple who pursue affairs on a trip to Italy was slammed as a “low-grade soap opera” by The New York Times. Despite a score by Sammy Fain and Marilyn and Alan Bergman, the show said arrivederci after just 15 performances.

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