BROADWAY GROWS UP

MUSICALS ARE SCARCE, AND NEIL SIMON IS DOWNTOWN, BUT LOOK WHAT'S MADE A COMEBACK: SERIOUS DRAMA

There are seasons within every Broadway season--fleeting intervals when the wind shifts, the atmosphere changes. But these days, as doomsayers are seeing ever darker clouds in Broadway's future, the weather is not all that it's supposed to be.

It's as if inscrutable forces have been working to upend our generalizations. Has Broadway been overrun by high-tech, low-heart monster musicals? This year the embarrassing problem confronting the Tony Award givers is that the season's monster, Sunset Blvd., is one of just two new musicals to have opened--and the only one with new music. As a result, the Tony administrators have given their...

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