The Theater: The Careful Dreamer

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Times Square lay in its nervous twilight of night and neon glow. The rubberneckers, the readers of the Daily Racing Form, the Liggett Romeos and the double-feature devotees opened a grudging path down 44th Street. From the cavalcade of tinny taxis and glossy limousines poured Broadway's first-nighters, their faces as rosy and bland as cherries in a Manhattan.

Five new shows opened on Broadway last week, but this was the opening night most filled with expectant excitement. About to be unveiled at the Majestic Theater was the latest show by Rodgers &...

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