Who Needs Revivals?

They keep Broadway humming, but old shows are being brought back too soon, and too often

Jane Krakowski, formerly the uninhibited secretary on TV's Ally McBeal, makes one of the more spectacular entrances in recent stage history in the Broadway musical Nine. Playing the mistress of a movie director, she arrives in Act I on a satin-bedsheet swing lowered from the rafters. Flaunting her slim but curvy body and looking like Barbarella in '60s-style layered hair and industrial-strength eye makeup, she gives the show a jolt of wit and sex.

It's the only pleasurable jolt in this revival of Maury Yeston and Arthur Kopit's 1982 musical, based on Fellini's 8 1/2. Sure, there's film star Antonio...

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