Theater: Bright Lights and Heartache Song & Dance

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyrics by Don Black; Choreography by Peter Martins

The most rewarding thing in show business is to become a brand name, presold to audiences, like Agatha Christie or Neil Simon. Andrew Lloyd Webber may be headed toward that status as composer of such glossy, high-energy musicals as Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Cats and Starlight Express. Lloyd Webber has mastered the trick of seeming to juggle big ideas while actually asking little of his audience beyond a pleasant passing of time.

Thus he can shape a whole evening about Evita Peron that ducks the moral dimensions of fascism and can adapt poems by T.S. Eliot without tackling any metaphysical notion...

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