Music: Comeback

The word "opera" would be box-office poison—or so the producers of Composer Marc Blitzstein's Regina decided when it opened on Broadway four years ago. They labeled Regina a "musical drama," and invited the drama critics as well as the music critics to review it. The drama critics, whose notices are the ones that count at the Broadway box office, came and shook their heads; Blitzstein's musical version of Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes seemed to them an unnecessary intrusion on a fine play. Regina ran for 56 performances, then gave up.

Last week, at Manhattan's busy City Center, Regina came back with...

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