Nine

  • Date:
    June 1, 2003
    Review by:
    Alan Bird

    Book by Arthur Kopit, Music & Lyrics Maury Yeston (Italian adapted by Mario Fratti)
    Directed by David Leveaux
    Choreographed by Jonathan Butterell

    Nine, that most sublime of musicals, tells the story of the Italian film director Guido Contini and of his obsession with everything feminine. From the moment the curtain rises until the final scene, a gaggle of beautiful women holds Guido Contini in a constant state of enthrallment. Making a movie, when one�s head is crowded by passionate daydreams of voluptuous women proves to be a harrowing task for Guido, particularly now he has run out of ideas for his next film!

    There is the blond sex kitten Carla who wants him to divorce his long suffering wife; Saraghina, the amply sized Italian woman who seduced him as a child; the movie idol Claudia, and Liliane La Fleur the producer who demands that her film be completed on schedule; these are just a few of the sixteen female characters that play a part in his emotional breakdown.

    Maury Yeston�s Nine has, in my opinion, the best score of any modern musical. It is full of captivating and tuneful songs that keep you totally enthralled. Whether it is the lilting mournful song �Simple�, the energetic joyful �Folies Bergeres� or the raunchy �A Call from the Vatican� you never tire of wanting more.

     

    What other critics had to say.....

    BEN BRENTLEY of the NEW YORK TIMES says "ravishingly inventive and tuneful score. JOHN SIMON of the NEW YORK MAGAZINE says "The lyrics are engaging, the music lilting." ELYSA GARDNER of USA TODAY says �offers more style than sustenance.� � ROMA TORRE of NY1 says "moments of joy and confusion"

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