Along Comes the Spider

The Broadway season's last, best musical is the grim, brilliantly hallucinatory Kiss of the Spider Woman

Show business loves two kinds of news: the gritty comeback and the sparkling debut. One sentimentalizes the past; the other sentimentalizes the future. Both burnish the legend of individuality in a largely collaborative medium. By this yardstick, Broadway ought to cheer sevenfold the last and best musical of the season, Kiss of the Spider Woman. Its U.S. debut next week will turn the clock back to high noon for four long-absent old hands aged about 60 and herald the dawn of three substantial younger talents.

Kiss is the first new musical success for director Hal Prince since The Phantom of the...

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