Broadway: Two in the Center

There was a day when big-time swingers in their spats and waistcoats used to go to a Broadway show, look over the girls and select the ones they would have, like lobsters from a tank. William Randolph Hearst acquired Marion Davies that way. But that was the Ziegfeld era in the Pleistocene epoch. Modern Broadway is different. Chorus lines, even in musicals, are depleted, and those old self-made audience libertines have turned into relatively timid expense-account types who go, in a big verbal way, for the unattainable elf of the smash light...

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