Van Dyke made his Broadway debut as a featured player in the short-lived musical revue The Girls Against the Boys. With music by Richard Lewine and Albert Hague and sketches and lyrics by Arnold B. Horwitt, the show premiered Nov. 2, 1959, at the Alvin Theatre. Nancy Walker and Bert Lahr headed a cast that included Annie lyricist Martin Charnin.
Critics appreciated the talented array of performers but felt the show itself was unremarkable. The New York Times' Lewis Funke, who called Van Dyke an "amiable performer," claimed that without Walker and Lahr the "entertainment at the Alvin would be somewhat tedious going, indeed." The production closed after 16 performances.
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