(Simon's article appeared on Bloomberg, Aug. 21.)

Beauty is often thought to dwell in the eye of the beholder, but did you know that it can also be found in a small, unpretentious musical? “Dames at Sea,” now playing at the Bay Street Theatre in the seaside hamlet of Sag Harbor, New York, is a small jewel that outsparkles many a multicarat solitaire.

The show that ran off-Broadway for 575 performances beginning in 1968 (and has been much revived since) made a lot of people happy and Bernadette Peters a star. We are not informed what George Haimsohn and Robin Miller, librettist- lyricists, and Jim Wise, composer, went on to, but just for “Dames at Sea” a little corner of show-biz heaven is surely theirs forever.


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