Crashing to Earth

With no apparent heirs to America's Stephen Sondheim and Britain's Andrew Lloyd Webber, neither of whom has enjoyed a box office smash in recent years, musical theater is crying out for new talent. "The musical needs new writers to connect with new audiences," says Lloyd Webber. In London a clutch of '80s pop stars are suddenly charging into the West End to fill the gap. Perhaps spurred by the financial success of the Abba re-hash Mamma Mia! (which has made more than $64 million in London alone), Boy George and Queen's Brian May are planning shows...

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