Show Business: The Hot Dice

"We all have flaws," gloats the nasty duke in The Thirteen Clocks, "and mine is being wicked." Thurber might have written the line to be spoken by David Merrick, the most consistently successful producer on Broadway. For something over a decade, Merrick. now 49, has thrown himself with glee into the passionate pursuit of two goals—turning out shows and making enemies. There is no reliable head-count of the showman's enemies, but Merrick has had 20 shows on Broadway since 1954, and 15 of them qualify as hits. No other producer, including Mike Todd,...

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