‘‘ TALL tales told with a straight face’’, Kerrie Murphy’s article on broadcast hoaxes ( Review , March 29- 30), reminded me of a holiday in the Flinders Ranges years ago. ABC local radio reported a proposal to flood Wilpena Pound and run paddle steamers thereon, inviting comment. The outraged phone calls from the usual suspects were great entertainment and it was some time before the fact that it was April 1 registered. Doug Wormald Gloucester, NSW song featured in the musical Game of about the same era. John Hughes Collaroy Plateau, NSW I WAS delighted to read in Graeme Blundell’s article ‘‘ Too close to home’’ that Dimboola is being revived at La Mama, its original Melbourne venue ( Review , March 22- 23). I also believe the town of Dimboola puts on an annual performance. I played Father Jack in a Brisbane production in 2006, a part I really enjoyed and would love to play again, although I never wish to see another jug of ginger ale. On a recent visit to New York I learned a play with the same concept ( Tony N’ Tina’s Wedding ) has been running there since 1988. I did not have time to see a performance, but bought the script. The dialogue is basically ad lib and for me lacks the punch that Dimboola has. Bart Hosking Kangaroo Point, Queensland DEBORAH Jones gave us a timely salute to the delightful magic of New York’s musical theatre (‘‘ The genius of Broadway’’, Review , March 15- 16). Composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein were an inspired partnership and continue to delight us with their enduring staples. Many baby boomers, no less their parents, grew up with their movie adaptations in the 1950s. We should remember, too, that Oklahoma! burst on to Broadway during the grim days of World War II. I will never forget that movie cast as they joined arms and lock- stepped their way together into our hearts. It was a metaphor that the US was marching on to victory. Mike Fogarty Weston, ACT IN answer to Rosemary Sorensen’s question in The Overflow ( Review , March 15- 16), yes, I’ve read P. H. Newby’s Something to Answer For and I have to say this intriguing novel, set in Port Said during the Suez crisis, was a worthy winner of the first Booker prize. It still, to my mind, ranks as one of his finest works. The great tragedy is that Newby’s novels continue to be ignored. John Scott Wildes Meadow, NSW I DON’T know which song in the 1958 musical Gigi Rosalie Higson thought to be soppy (‘‘ Dressed for success’’, Review , March 29- 30), but it couldn’t have been Hey There, You with the Stars in Your Eyes . That
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Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein