THEATER: THE BATTLE OF LONDON

MUSICAL MARTIN GUERRE VS. LLOYD WEBBER REVISE

The theatrical question of the moment: Why Martin Guerre? The tale is flimsy, even for a true legend from 16th century France. A young man deserts his wife and is not heard from for several years; a man returns and becomes a loving husband; this man may not be the real Martin Guerre. That's the story that has inspired an opera, two hit movies (the French The Return of Martin Guerre in 1982 and the U.S. Sommersby in 1993) and a trio of Broadway-style musicals. The biggest of these is the $5.7 million production, from the creators of Les Miserables and...

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