A Big Epic Writ Small

TITLE: ANNA KARENINA

AUTHOR: MUSIC BY DANIEL LEVINE; BOOK AND LYRICS BY PETER KELLOGG

WHERE: BROADWAY

THE BOTTOM LINE: Tolstoy's masterpiece becomes a stage equivalent to TV's Masterpiece Theater.

Anna Karenina makes the case for the smaller-scale musical. It is a modestly produced chamber piece, with a minimal set and an orchestra of seven. What is right with the show all involves just one or two people, notably the first fine rapture of the title character's illicit infatuation with Count Vronsky and the pathetic disillusionment that sends her to her grim fate. What is wrong could not be fixed by any...

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