Broadway's Vegas Push

AS AVENUE Q FLOPS, THEATER PRODUCERS AND CASINO OWNERS ARE RETHINKING THE ODDS

Poor Lucy. Five months after setting up shop in Sin City, jilting suitors around the country in favor of a sugar daddy who courted her with a new $40 million home, she discovers the fleeting nature of Las Vegas romance. A sultry soap opera? Political scandal? No--just the harsh reality of Broadway in Vegas.

The character known as Lucy the Slut is a puppet in the Tony Award--winning musical Avenue Q, which has been playing in the Wynn Las Vegas hotel since last fall. Casino magnate Steve Wynn offered Avenue Q's producers a theater and $5 million up front for an...

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