Theater: Romance, Mostly Misguided

ASPECTS OF LOVE Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber

Lyrics by Don Black and Charles Hart

Not every musical is gutsy enough to make its big ballad the first words an audience hears, or to introduce both its other showstopper tunes within the next 20 or so minutes. But then few composers have the confidence in the spectator -- or maybe it's just the chutzpah -- to recycle the same few melodies over and over, in endless allusive variations, for nearly three hours.

That nervy economy of means is the trademark of Andrew Lloyd Webber, who assumes -- correctly, to judge from...

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