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NineIn his Broadway debut, a slyly attractive Antonio Banderas plays a creatively blocked Italian movie director -- circa 1960 -- who is drowning in women...NineIn his Broadway debut, a slyly attractive Antonio Banderas plays a creatively blocked Italian movie director -- circa 1960 -- who is drowning in women...2003-04-18Laura BenantiJane KrakowskiMary Stuart MastersonChita Rivera
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Starring: Antonio Banderas; Starring: Laura Benanti, Jane Krakowski, Mary Stuart Masterson, Chita Rivera; Director: David Leveaux; Opening Date: 04/10/2003; Status: In Season

In his Broadway debut, a slyly attractive Antonio Banderas plays a creatively blocked Italian movie director – circa 1960 – who is drowning in women trouble. This chic and stylish revival of the 1982 Tony-winning musical echoes the black-and-white look of the film on which it’s based: Fellini’s classic 8 1/2. Unfortunately, the show’s many charms tend to dissipate, largely due to Maury Yeston’s score, which remains earthbound and lyrically facile. (”Be Italian/You rapscallion!”) But the night gets a huge lift from Banderas’ 16 (yes, 16) sumptuously dressed female costars, the legendary Chita Rivera among them. And Jane Krakowski’s floor-to-ceiling ascent on a satin sheet is a miracle of either stagecraft or muscle power.

Originally posted April 18 2003 — 12:00 AM EDT

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