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‘‘ 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

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