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The Comeback

Score one for the Dodgers

Nothing is forever in the theater. Not success. Not failure.

In a previous century, the Dodgers produced hits like “Big River” and “The Who’s Tommy.” But even their recent success with “Urinetown” could not offset the loses of megaduds like “Dracula: The Musical” and “Good Vibrations.”

Early last year, stories flurried that the Dodgers were all but finished. As one producer explained the org’s demise to the New York Times, “They were a powerhouse for a while — they had a hell of a ride. But they needed just one hit, and they didn’t get it.”

Better late than never, the Dodgers returned to Broadway last fall with the first big tuner hit of the 2005-06 season, “Jersey Boys,” which also revived the jukebox genre. The Four Seasons musical looks to recoup its $7.75 million this summer; it’s a feat the Dodgers’ Tony-winning revival of “42nd Street” never achieved, despite putting in more than 1,500 perfs.

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