THEATER: THEY DO MAKE 'EM LIKE THAT

TWO STYLISH REVIVALS--OF THE FARCICAL A FUNNY THING AND THE POIGNANT KING AND I--SHOW BROADWAY CAN LIVE UP TO ITS PAST

Something familiar, something to fool ya, something for everyone: the musical is back. In the next week Broadway will welcome three new ones: the Pulitzer-prizewinning Rent, the movie-based Big and the tap-a-thon Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk. Meanwhile, there's a pair of revivals--A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and The King and I--to prove Broadway can still dance, sing, touch the heart and crack the best old jokes.

The two revivals are indeed something familiar: Rodgers and Hammerstein's King opened in 1951, Stephen Sondheim's Forum in 1962; both works were made into popular films...

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