When producing a new musical, take it out of town first. That's the long-standing tradition on Broadway.
But a tryout is pricey, and forget privacy: The websites devoted to first-night chatter have killed the romantic notion of a safe haven where artists can create a show far from the prying eyes of Gotham gossipmongers.
Nonetheless, most legiters wouldn't open in Gotham without one.
Find out why in Gordon Cox's Variety article today.I'm reminded of an old Broadway joke. If they caught Hitler, what should be his punishment? Send him out of town with a musical.