(Michael Kuchwara's article appeared for the AP 4/9.)

'Anyone Can Whistle' Displays An Unwieldy Ambition

The Legendary 'Anyone Can Whistle' Displays An Unwieldy Ambition 

"Anyone Can Whistle" has an amazing score and an impossible book.

It's also the stuff of Broadway legend: a nine-performance flop in 1964 despite music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Arthur Laurents, who only a few years earlier had collaborated (with composer Jule Styne) on one of the greatest musicals of all time, "Gypsy."

But you're probably never going to see a better production of "Anyone Can Whistle" than the concert version Encores! opened Thursday at City Center for a four-day run that's become one of the hottest tickets in New York.

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