A Musical Hit For London

TITLE: KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN

AUTHOR: MUSIC BY JOHN KANDER; LYRICS BY FRED EBB; BOOK BY TERRENCE McNALLY

WHERE: LONDON'S WEST END

THE BOTTOM LINE: Bedfellows make strange politics in a hypnotic anthem to revolution, sexual freedom and old movies.

American culture vultures generally gush over the vigor and variety of the London stage and lament that their own vidiotic society offers nothing comparable. But for the past couple of years, although London's sheer theatrical volume has vastly exceeded Broadway's, the quality of new work has been conspicuously higher in the U.S., and London's saving grace has been imports, with...

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