Broadway: The Icemen Melteth

On the night that My Fair Lady opened, Lyricist Alan Jay Lerner waited nervously in the 21 Club for news of the critics' reactions. The telephone rang at last. Lerner listened silently for several minutes, then turned to Composer Fritz Loewe and said softly: "The iceman cometh."

Even theatergoing children are now sophisticated enough to understand Lerner's remark, which, in his case, was made only in jest. For non-theatergoing children, ice can be defined as Broadway's term for the great sums of money made by various theater employees through the scalping of tickets. Over the past winter and spring, following investigations...

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