September 10, 2016

Imagine, if you can, a musical comedy called “La Guardia!” Picture a chorus angrily lamenting their canceled flights. A frustrated plaint from an overtaxed ticketing agent trying to calm them. A frenetic hip-hop dance number as arriving passengers dodge traffic to find their Uber drivers. We do not have such a musical — and, yes, I know it’s painful. But we do of course have “Fiorello!,” the 1959 musical about the long-serving, corruption-fighting New York mayor whose surname adorns the most reviled airport in the country. The show, with an infectious score by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, and a rather complicated book by Jerome Weidman and the musical’s original director, George Abbott, has been featured not once but twice as part of the City Center Encores! musicals-in-concert series, the only show to have been so honored.