1. In the beginning of the musical, what has happened to Bialystock's latest production and why?
Max's production of "Funny Boy," an adaptation of "Hamlet," has opened. However, on the very night it opens, it is closed, deemed a critical and commercial flop.
2. What is significant about Bialystock being middle-aged and disheveled?
Max used to be considered the King of Broadway. However, in his later years, he has seen better days. His clothing and demeanor is disheveled and worn, as well as his success as a producer.
3. What is Max's job and his history with show business?
Max is a Broadway producer. At one point, he was one of the most successful ones around, dubbed the King of Broadway. However, since then, he has produced nothing but a string of flops. His latest, "Funny Boy," has closed after only one performance.
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