Broadway: The Felled Angel

"I've had my head handed to me three times on Broadway," said TV Producer-Performer David Susskind last year, all the while trying to rationalize risking it a fourth time. "In spite of my bruised psyche and against my strong reluctance," he explained, "I auditioned this show and found it a marvelous, lusty, bawdy 1886 piece, with memorable, hummable tunes and inventive lyrics. I flipped. All my Broadway bruises vanished." Until last week.

The show was Kelly, based on a legendary jump from the Brooklyn Bridge, and several would-be producers, looking before they leaped, had earlier dropped their options. Undeterred by...

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