Damsel In Distress

It's hard not to pity the Woman in White. The poor, pale lady arrived in London's West End last week hauling a wagonload of expectations. This is, after all, Andrew Lloyd Webber's homecoming. Eighteen years after The Phantom of the Opera, after his American odysseys (Sunset Boulevard and Whistle Down the Wind), his Irish adventure (The Beautiful Game) and his Indian idyll (Bombay Dreams, which he produced), the composer has at last found an English gothic tale with which he might be able to harness the spooky power — not to mention the box-office returns — of...

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