The Theater: New Season in Manhattan?

Broadway stirred last week in the first chill of autumn and looked around for the start of a new season. It was hard to find. At the end of a muggy summer, only 15 shows still ran in its 30 playhouses (half as many as were running in London), and all of September promised only one new arrival. Symptomatically, it was not even the product of a Broadway rehearsal stage, but Los Angeles' long-running revue, Ken Murray's Blackouts.

Shy Angels. As usual, canny old (74) Lee Shubert, whose theatrical real-estate empire controls half of...

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