Theater: Just What the Doctor Ordered

Broadway looks robust with three powerful dramas

There's nothing wrong with Broadway, an old adage holds, that three hit shows can't cure. Actually, not much has been wrong this season anyway. Blockbuster survivors from prior years were joined last fall by four musicals and three plays that all seem securely established, and major new works by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Neil Simon and August Wilson are still to come. But in a five-day span leading into this week, the proverbial three hit shows materialized nonetheless, one after another, gladdening the Great White Way's chronic curmudgeons.


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