ANTONIO
BANDERAS

LAURA BENANTI

JANE KRAKOWSKI

MARY STUART MASTERSON

and CHITA RIVERA

Music and Lyrics by
Maury Yeston

Book by
Arthur Kopit

Choreographed by
Jonathan Butterell

Directed by
David Leveaux

 

FROM SCREEN TO STAGE

Movie director Guido Contini is going through a creative and personal crisis, so he and his wife escape to a spa in Venice. Unfortunately soon their hideout is discovered and a legion of women follows them, not to mention a few ghosts from his past.

First produced in 1982 and directed by Tommy Tune, this musical adaptation of Fellini's "8 " was a Tony winner at the time

THE BROADWAY REVIVAL

Personally I never cared much for Maury Yeston's score, but the idea of seeing Banderas, Rivera and Krakowski together on stage was very appealing, so I went to see this revival. What I saw was better than what I expected and although I still don't like the score, I enjoyed the show.

I never saw the original, but I believe that this new production is smaller in scale. David Leveaux did a simple and effective staging, with an imaginative use of the sets and, specially, taking the best from the terrific cast.

THE LADIES OF THE SPA

Chita Rivera is a Broadway legend and she makes justice to her fame, delivering the hilarious "Follies Bergeres" and making each of her appearances a moment for us to cheer. Both Mary Stuart Masterson (who knew she could sing?) and Laura Benanti gave good performances, although the later doesn't have much material to show her beautiful singing voice.

But the best of them was the lovely Jane Krakowski, who simply steals the show and delivers the highlight of the show - the sensational "Call from the Vatican" - which is reason enough to see this revival and have to be seen with your own eyes to be believed.

A MAN AMONG WOMEN

Antonio Banderas was a great surprise, taking almost the entire show on his shoulders and giving a fantastic performance at the same time. Is musical timing is perfect and make us care for his not so nice character.

Like I said before I don't like Yeston's score. I think it's monotonous, too operatic and sometimes pretentious. Anyway, this cast gave it a new sparkling life and, although the second act is kind of slow and boring, I had a good time.


Photos by Joan Marcus

Rated by Jorge: +++