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Some well known cases:
- Arthur Laurents, directing I Can Get It For You Wholesale!, re-worked the book to suit his needs. The show was still a flop.
- Jerome Robbins came in to fix a troubled A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, going uncredited for staging and choreography. So famous was this "uncredited" work, that "Comedy Tonight" made into his Tony-winning revue musical, Jerome Robbins' Broadway, and Stephen Sondheim tells the story of how Robbins got "Comedy Tonight" out of the young writer, as he admits himself in Sondheim on Sondheim. Forum is a musical theatre classic.
- Bob Fosse, directing/choreographing Pippin very famously banned both Roger O. Hirson and Stephen Schwartz from rehearsals while he doctored the show. It was a HUGE hit.
- Tommy Tune, like Fosse and Robbins, did his doctoring to suit his staging needs TWICE: Grand Hotel: The Musical (a big hit) and My One and Only (another hit).
- Neil Simon was brought in to tighten and fix the ending of A Chorus Line. We all know what a HUGE hit that show turned out to be! Contrary to popular belief, Simon's nickname, "Doc," had nothing to do with the shows he doctored, even though there were a few.
- Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse re-wrote the book to Anything Goes, making it one of the biggest hits of the 30's. Their work was in turn doctored for the 1987 and 2011 revivals by Timothy Crouse (no relation to Howard) and John Weidman. All four are joined by the two who wrote the original: P.G. Wodehouse and Guy Bolton.
- Abe Burrows doctored so many shows (along with writing such classics as Guys and Dolls and How to Succeed...) that there was a famous saying around the Rialto when the stink of trouble reached a producer's nostrils: "Get me Abe Burrows!" Mr. Burrows, ever the gentleman, never really discussed which shows he doctored or which he co-wrote, admitting freely to only one: Make A Wish, a moderate success.
- Douglas Carter Beane is a modern-day doctor, though he does wholesale re-writes of vintage shows, like The Bandwagon, which now goes by Dancing in the Dark.
- Brian Yorkey for a while was being credited for "helping" Thomas Meehan with the book for Catch Me If You Can.
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All of the following Pulitzer Prize-winning musicals take place in New York City, EXCEPT:
B. How to Succeed...
C. next to normal
D. A Chorus Line
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