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The Woman in White

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The Woman in White

type:
Stage
Current Status:
In Season
run date:
11/18/05
performer:
Maria Friedman, Michael Ball
director:
Andrew Lloyd Webber
author:
David Zippel

We gave it a C+

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s latest, The Woman in White, must break the record for scene changes in a Broadway show, thanks to constantly changing ”sets” rendered almost entirely via computer animation. With all the digitized 19th-century castle action, you may think you’re watching Myst: The Musical. The animated backdrops don’t augur well for 21st-century designers, but they do kinda work here. So does Maria Friedman’s galvanizing performance as one of three damsels in distress. But beware flat-footed lyrics from Disney vet David Zippel, stuck in ‘toon mode whether advancing the potboiler plot (”She’s the key!… At last we’ll solve the mystery!”) or giving fat-suited Michael Ball the obligatory bad-guy breakout number.