The Theater: Curtain Going Up

For six months after Pearl Harbor, Broadway took a beating: playwrights slithered, box office slumped. Then in June, when things usually stop in the theater, they suddenly started moving. A couple of new musicals jiggled their tunes and jammed their houses; July brought Irving Berlin's great This Is The Army and show business, leftovers and all, swung through the dog days as it hadn't done in years.

Going into the fall, producers seem as happy as clams at high tide. With a big summer behind them, they see an even bigger winter ahead; they...

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