“There was a time when doing a musical was considered commercial and bad,” she said. “Michael was the only person really developing new musicals.”
He was also unearthing forgotten works. That, in turn, made his theater a magnet for big-name artists — including Richard Rodgers, E. Y. Harburg, Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, Betty Comden and Adolph Green — who made the trip up to see, and work on, shows that weren’t being mounted anywhere else.
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