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Yet while the margins are tighter now than at that remarkable Giro, the quality of the opponent is on another level altogether. Nibali laughed a hollow laugh when asked where his challenge now stands. Today a lot of us — me, Quintana and others — paid a toll with respect to Froome, Thomas and maybe Dan Martin," Nibali said. Nibali's teammate Franco Pellizzotti was prominent in setting the pace on the penultimate climb of the Cormet de Roseland. At first glance, it was difficult to tell if Bahrain-Merida's intention was to peg back the attack of Alejandro Valverde Movistar or lay the groundwork for a Nibali offensive on the descent.
Today was a hard stage but not long, so there's always a bit of uncertainty," Nibali said. The ascent proved to be an exercise in damage limitation and, in that regard at least, the Italian fared better than he did on a strikingly similar afternoon at La Pierre Saint-Martin in when his Tour defence ground to a halt. The battle was lost, and badly, but the campaign is not over.
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By luck, pluck, and dazzling talent, Broadway has survived the onslaught of talking pictures, network TV, pay cable, wars, depression and recessions, the bankruptcy of New York, the crack crime wave, the AIDS plague, and the Internet to emerge in the new century more robust than ever. Theaters are filled with tourists, bridge-and-tunnel folks on the town, and even some New Yorkers paying record prices for a kaleidoscope of shows, including recycled new forms like jukebox musicals.
So are Michael Bennett and Bob Fosse.
No matter, Broadway is booming. Told once that the seats in the back of his Majestic Theater were fraying and needed repair, J. The Broadway saga is more accurately an endless street fight of ego, talent, and mendacity that has left some extraordinarily rich and others wounded or banished or both.
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Longer on anecdote and shorter on analysis, Razzle Dazzle at heart is a loving rendition of the lullaby of Broadway. Since the crash of , the Shubert Organization has ruled the New York theater, not always with clean hands. A state investigation, with which Riedel begins the book, uncovered fervid thievery in payoffs from brokers and scalpers for tickets later peddled to theatergoers at huge markups.
The eccentric producer David Merrick had all sorts of ingenious kickback schemes and self-dealing rackets involving everything from programs to lighting and electrical equipment in his productions. Merrick and the Shubert Organization survived the scandals, but other problems in the operation ultimately led to the ascendancy of the wily, sober-sided Jacobs and Shoenfeld as co-regents of the greatest theatrical empire of our time.
They took over just as the curtain was coming down on the golden age of the American musical theater. Rock music killed the Broadway musical, Riedel writes, or at least almost choked it to death.
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In , he reports, 9. The theater district deteriorated into a casbah of drugs, porn, and prostitution as New York careened toward bankruptcy. In , coke-addled and more demented than ever, David Merrick made a comeback appearance on Broadway as the producer of a stage version of 42nd Street.