Broadway: The Line-Up

If only turnabout made fair plays, the coming Broadway season would be a sizable cut above its predecessors. Reversing the East-West brain drain in a migration unprecedented since movies broke the sound barrier, Hollywood writers and composers have turned out so many plays and musicals this year that they threaten to outnumber old Broadway hands in the coming 1964-65 playbills.

For all the new names on the marquees, however, more productions than ever will feature old ones. The prevalence of adaptations reflects the theater's stagnation, and there is a deep reluctance to grapple with controversial, contemporary issues. And the new...

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