Kid, You're Gonna Come Back a Star!

The businessmen of Broadway know one way to create a hit: hire a big Hollywood star and hope the name on the marquee will pull in the crowds. The romanticists of Broadway prefer another, more storied method: take a kid from the chorus, stick him or her into the lead role and watch as a new star is born. Sometimes this Broadway fable even comes true. Oddly, it did so twice last week.

The first instance was when Henry Goodman, the British actor named last month to replace Nathan Lane as star of the hit musical The Producers, was suddenly fired....

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