The Theater: Todd's in His Heaven

It was less a Broadway opening than a kind of $5.50 question. On its road tryout Gypsy Rose Lee's maiden effort at playwriting, THE NAKED GENIUS, had become the script-tease of the season. Two days after it went into rehearsal, it was sold to 20th Century-Fox on a sliding-scale basis for a maximum $365,000. In Boston, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, it packed them in—but kept stalling off its Broadway opening. Then Producer Michael Todd (Star & Garter, Something for the Boys) boldly announced he would open the show there over the violent protests of Gypsy...

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