The Theater: Boom off Broadway

Anybody who intends to produce a Broadway show needs his overhead examined. If he has a musical like Wonderful Town, he needs $225,000 to start with, has to pay out more than $44,000 a week and charge a $7.20 top. If he is lucky enough to have such a rare hit as Wonderful Town, he can net more than $5,000 a week. But even though fearless angels are easy to find (178 contributed $300,000 to the forthcoming Shirley Booth musical, By the Beautiful Sea), the risks are still great. This week there are fresh signs of a challenging movement that may...

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