The Theater: Broadway Blackout

"The worst season in 20 years," wrote Brooks Atkinson of the New York Times; George Jean Nathan couldn't remember as bad a one in 35. Neither the Pulitzer Committee nor the New York Drama Critics' Circle bothered to make its annual award. Variety announced that of 66 new shows only six were hits. No Broadway season was ever buried with fewer flowers or less oratory than 1941-42.

The war was plainly the chief culprit. It upset playwrights, rattled producers, discouraged audiences. Not a single new show produced after Pearl Harbor was a hit. But...

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