‘Al­le­gro’ tells a mu­si­cal med­i­cal tale

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Through mid-De­cem­ber, fans of Rodgers and Ham­mer­stein’s mu­si­cals have a rare chance to see what’s con­sid­ered the Broad­way hit-mak­ers’ big­gest flop. It’s also an un­usual op­por­tu­nity to see a mu­si­cal about medicine: “Al­le­gro” tells the story of a physi­cian, Dr. Joseph Tay­lor Jr., whose fa­ther and grand­fa­ther were also doc­tors.

Young Dr. Tay­lor joins his fa­ther’s small-town prac­tice, only to be lured to a fancy pri­vate prac­tice in Chicago at his wife’s urg­ing. Much of the sec­ond act in­volves Tay­lor un­hap­pily cater­ing to his wealthy, wor­ried-well pa­tients in the fast­paced city while long­ing for the sim­ple world he left behind. In the re­vival, each mem­ber of the cast plays an in­stru­ment, thus sup­ply­ing their own orches­tra.

Classic Stage Co., which is mount­ing the show off-Broad­way through Dec. 14 in New York City, has gar­nered some good re­views, with the New York Times guard­edly declar­ing it a “newly glow­ing in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the lack­lus­ter 1947 mu­si­cal” and Time Out New York declar­ing it a “rare, el­e­gant re­vival.”

“Al­le­gro” fol­lowed Rodgers and Ham­mer­stein’s first two col­lab­o­ra­tions, the smash hits “Ok­la­homa!” and “Carousel.” By con­trast, “Al­le­gro” re­ceived a luke­warm re­cep­tion on the Great White Way in 1947, run­ning just over 300 per­for­mances. The show’s use of a Greek-style cho­rus was con­sid­ered ex­per­i­men­tal at the time, and the use of the cho­rus to nar­rate some of the action has inspired de­scrip­tions of the show as a kind of mu­si­cal “Our Town.”

The char­ac­ter of Dr. Joseph Tay­lor Jr., seated on the floor and played by Clay­bourne El­der, talks with his fa­ther, Dr. Joseph Tay­lor Sr., played by Mal­colm Gets.

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