Theater: They Defied the Doomsayers

Three unlikely survivors on Broadway reap Tony nominations

Broadway, to its peril, has increasingly gone the way of the movies: it has become a business of megahits and instant flops, of shows that either stake a claim on immortality ("Now and forever" the Cats slogan boasts) or die within days. It costs so much to keep a play running--from $80,000 to $150,000 a week, not counting TV advertising--that unless the reviews are raves or a large advance sale provides a cushion, skittish investors often decide to cut their losses by closing worthy shows right away rather than struggling to survive and recoup. One sad measure of that impulse came...

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