The stock joke about lunatics used to be that they all thought they were Napoleon. The stock joke about New York theater people should probably be that they all think they know exactly what makes a good musical. Ironically, they're all at least partly right: The Little Corporal may be dead, but the musical, as a form, persists because it's too multifaceted to die. Key works from its past keep coming back; new ones constantly arrive to challenge the criteria that made those earlier works key. Always seemingly on the verge of its Waterloo, the musical actually lives on a perpetual Elba, always... More >>>