Stephen Frears

Broadway's fall revivals: Why big stars can't make up for a lack of artistic vision

Broadway's fall revivals: Why big stars can't make up for a lack of artistic vision

In a Broadway season heavy on revivals, shows from another era have been given starry makeovers. But everything old isn’t new again. Classics aren’t created by crowded marquees. Plays and musicals written for an earlier age can be long savored, but let’s not kid ourselves into thinking the work is for all time.  

A new revival at the Broadhurst Theatre of “The Front Page,” the Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur comedy that has been adapted once too often for the screen, has the Broadway cast equivalent of the Hollywood crew of “It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.” Two-time Tony winner Nathan Lane heads a top-drawer...

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