Aisle View: The Final Visit

April 24, 2015 2:04 AM

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It's a funny thing about unproduced musicals. Many are instantly disposable and disposed, but we are here talking about unproduced musicals by Broadway giants. Shouldn't anything written by the likes of Rodgers, Sondheim, Styne, Loesser or Kander & Ebb automatically deserve production? For curiosity's sake, yes. But practically? Looking through the annals, we find very few musicals--unproduced or effectively abandoned after an unsuccessful tryout--which, upon arriving more than a decade later, proved their worth.

The occasion of this discourse is the new musical by the final names on the list above, The Visit, which opened tonight--finally!--at the Lyceum. The musical, with a book by Terrence McNally (who had previously collaborated with Kander & Ebb on The Rink and Kiss of the Spider Woman, both starring Ch...

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