Finally Ready for Her Close-Up

Somewhere between London and Los Angeles, the musical Sunset Boulevard has found its way

When Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical retelling of the Hollywood film noir classic Sunset Boulevard made its debut in London in July, audience response was respectful but restrained. The staging that opened in Los Angeles last week had playgoers shouting with delight. Part of the difference may be the American propensity for public exuberance; some is surely the special joy Angelenos derive from a sly, knowing look at the gritty world of make-believe that dominates their local commerce. But the major reason is that the creators have at last figured out what the show is meant to be -- a comedy, not...

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