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“Legs Diamond” creator-star Peter Allen drew the first of two standing ovations during the final performance Sunday of the $5.3-million Broadway bomb when he rose from a coffin at the start of the second act and declared, “Not even critics can kill me.” The musical about a big-time New York mobster closed less than two months after it opened to dismal reviews in December.


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