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Critic's Notebook: Broadway salutes a successful season, but has anything really changed?

June 4, 2011 |  6:00 am

Scottsboro boys 
Broadway had its highest-grossing season on record, attendance increased and critics’ customary frowns were replaced with alarming frequency by smiles.

By all means, pass the bubbly. But as we toast the season, let's not delude ourselves into thinking that Broadway has resolved its 21st century identity crisis.  

In a Sunday Arts & Books critic’s notebook, I raise a few questions about a jumbled year that only exacerbated tensions between cultural prestige and commercial viability. 


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-- Charles McNulty\charlesmcnulty

Photo: From left, James T. Lane, Derrick Cobey, Julius Thomas III, Joshua Henry (standing), Josh Breckenridge, Kendrick Jones, Rodney Hicks in "The Scottsboro Boys." Credit: Paul Kolnik