In every theater producer, hope springs eternal. But, on Broadway, theater producers hope spring’s eternal. In April and early May, the wide open spaces of the schedule are suddenly invaded by an expeditionary force of new plays. Why? Not because the lifting of winter causes a sudden rush of New Yorkers to the box office, but because of the finely calculated formula on which theatrical success is deemed to rest. If you open just before the Tony cut-off date in early May, you only have to keep running until the award nominations are announced. After that, with a clutch of Tony nominations under your belt, you only have to keep running until the ceremony in early June. After that, with a clutch of Tony Awards under your belt, you’ll run forever. QED. Quite Extraordinarily Deranged.

The cut-off this year was midnight, Tuesday, May 2. Conventional wisdom...

 
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