Theater: Splash But Less Than Smash Singin' in the Rain

Music and Lyrics by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed; Book by Betty Comden and Adolph Green

At 1:30 p.m. last Wednesday, the producers of Singin' in the Rain, daunted by poor advance sales and disheartening reviews, said they were closing. That decision would have made the show, which had consumed well over $4 million, the costliest one-night stand in Broadway history. About ten minutes later, however, as some 300 ticket holders were trickling into the 1,992-seat Gershwin Theater, Producers Maurice and Lois Rosenfield and Cindy Pritzker changed their minds. Said Maurice Rosenfield: "The others persuaded me the show deserved at least one more chance." That night, the same melodrama unfolded. Only just before curtain time did the...

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