Classic Musical Focuses on
Old-Time Williamsburg

By Jennifer Farrar

Associated Press

MANHATTAN — Does a tree still grow in Brooklyn? A poignant revival of a musical about struggling upward from poverty reminds us that yes, it can.

The original musical, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, was based on the nostalgic, best-selling 1943 novel of the same name by Betty Smith, about her impoverished early 20th-century childhood.

Smith adapted her book with George Abbott for a Broadway musical, which was burnished by Arthur Schwartz’s melodies and lyrics by Dorothy Fields, and the 1951 production had a 267-performance run on Broadway.

The delightful Peccadillo Theater Company revival, currently performing off-Broadway at the Theatre at St. Clement’s, is based on
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