“Spectacle… got up and danced in the aisle”

“‘After the spectacle, the score by Mr. Menken (with lyrics by Ms. Ahrens) is the production's major drawing card.’ Richards continued, ‘The eye is courted at every turn, the special effects come on a regular basis and the street scenes don't lack for warmly dressed bodies and the odd beggar. At the end, snow falls in the hall as well as onstage, which so thrilled an incredulous 8-year-old boy seated near me that he got up and danced in the aisle."