Music: Comeback in Manhattan

In the ballet business, as anywhere else, nothing succeeds like success—and Manhattan's Ballet Theatre has learned it the hard way. It was bad enough when Ballet Theatre's financial backing ran low in 1948 and the group had to suspend for a season. Its morale suffered other blows when such dancers as Nora Kaye and Melissa Hayden switched to George Balanchine's rival New York City Ballet. Last week, nonetheless, Ballet Theatre was forgetting hard times and making a strong Manhattan comeback.

It had solved the star problem by coaxing ageless Ballerina Alicia Markova (born...

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