Theater: Shell Game

"NINE" Book by Arthur Kopit Music and Lyrics by Maury Yeston

Like almost every Broadway musical this season, "Nine" suffers from a dearth of feeling, a kind of aseptic hole in the heart. "Nine" is a case of a spectacle without a subject. This time, the clothes have no emperor. Like a shell game, this musical teases the eye without stimulating a smidgen of affectional concern. Admittedly, these are extremely pretty shells to watch: the splendiferous costumes of William Ivey Long; the 21—count 'em—21 girls, many of them leggy thoroughbreds; Scenic Designer Lawrence Miller's seductively panoramic view of Venice.

Adapted from Fellini's film...

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