Clive Barnes

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There is a lot of sweet music in the kooky musical, "Shelter."… Whether this will prove enough remains to be seen. Certainly the show is very likable….

It has been written by Gretchen Cryer and Nancy Ford, who a few seasons back gave us the amiable eccentricities of "The Last Sweet Days of Isaac." "Shelter" has something of that same zany and disarming spirit to it….

The show has a light heart and shows a certain insight into the self-satisfied child-man, Michael, and the kind of women who play house with him. Gretchen Cryer's book is too fantastic in its story line—its central situation of a man living on a TV set is unbelievable—which definitely detracts from the wry humor of the writing. The lyrics are generally neat….

People liking their Broadway musicals to be bold and brassy will not take to "Shelter." But people appreciating more of a chamber musical, intimate, even cozy, should find this a warmly pleasant evening.

Clive Barnes, "'Shelter,' Musical, Arrives," in The New York Times (© 1973 by The New York Times Company; reprinted by permission), February 7, 1973, p. 31.


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