November 12, 2011 11:00 PM

Playwright Roger Bean mines musical nostalgia

The jukebox musical looks like it’s here to stay. Theater snobs tend to roll their eyes when they think of shows that slap together a collection of hits — “Forever Plaid,” “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story,” “Mamma Mia!” — but the proof is in the pudding. This is one theatrical genre producers can literally bank on.

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