- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 2, 2007

The corn is higher than an elephant’s eye in The Musical of Musicals at MetroStage, but so what? Eric Rockwell and Joanne Bogart purloin the conventions and song stylings of such Broadway titans as Rodgers and Hammerstein, Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jerry Herman, and Kander and Ebb for a melodic and pun-filled parody that’s more clever and tuneful than most of what passes for Broadway moxie these days. You’ll probably want to return a few times to catch the stuff you might have missed from laughing too hard. Tickets are $35 to $40. The show runs through June 3. 703/548-9044.

— Jayne Blanchard

One of the most popular tearjerkers of 80 years ago, Frank Borzage’s Seventh Heaven, will be revived in a presentation augmented by a new organ score by Dennis James, who will perform it for moviegoers in the auditorium of the National Gallery of Art’s East Building on Saturday at 4 p.m. This free program supplements the photographic exhibition “Paris in Transition.”

The title of the 1927 film alludes to the seventh floor of a Montmarte tenement, circa 1914. A sewer worker played by Charles Farrell occupies a garret and then shares it with a waif played by Janet Gaynor. The outbreak of World War I interrupts marriage plans, but their devotion is eventually rewarded by a reunion.

Derived from a play by Austin Strong, “Seventh Heaven” coincided with the first year of the Academy Awards. Mr. Borzage won for best direction, Benjamin Glazer for adapted screenplay and Miss Gaynor for best actress (her performances in “Sunrise” and “Street Angel” were also part of the citation). Admission is on a first-come basis, so an early arrival is usually advisable. 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202/842-6799.

— Gary Arnold

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