Theater: Slick, Sassy, Borrowed and Blue

Bob Fosse returns to Broadway with less than a blockbuster

Broadway has been hungering for a hit musical. The last real blockbuster, La Cage aux Folles, opened in August 1983. The lone musical survivor of the 1984-85 season, Big River, is still paying back its investors. Of this season's first nine musicals, five have closed, and only The Mystery of Edwin Drood consistently shows a modest profit. So perhaps the most eagerly awaited event of the Broadway year was last week's Big Deal, a splashy, sassy, streetwise show from Bob Fosse. As choreographer or director, Fosse, 58, staged ten consecutive hits, from 1955's Pajama Game to 1978's Dancin'. Since Gower Champion's...

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