In a world in which ‘norms’ seem at best untethered and at worst unhinged, everything is under revision, everything feels up for grabs! And thus we question that most sacredly-held tenet … that the show must go on.
In this purposefully ‘bad’ dance number from Cover Girl (1944) courtesy of B-movie factory Columbia Pictures, the chorus girls, Rita Hayworth key among them (there’s lovely Rita at 0:33), hold fast to the motto. Gene Kelly, watching from the wings, groans.
A good friend who has done his rounds in show business noted dryly, “If there’s one thing that does NOT need to go on, it’s the show.”
But where would that leave us, friend?