WHAT'S HOT IN NEW YORK: Nine, the Musical

Tony award winning for Best Musical revival NINE with a book by ARTHUR KOPIT, music and lyrics by MAURY YESTON, adaptation from the Italian by MARIO FRATTI, directed by DAVID LEVEAUX, produced by The Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director).

David Leveaux's revival is sleek, elegant and breathtaking. Bringing clarity, accessibility and heart to a complex and seemingly obscure script.

NINE the Musical inspired by Fellini's classic film 8 ½ is set in a Spa in Venice, Italy in the 1960's. The story revolves around one central character film director Guido Contini, brilliantly played by Antonio Banderas in his Broadway debut. His nine year old younger self is played by the adorable William Ullrich.  Guido is contracted by producer; the sensational CHITA RIVERA as Liliane La Fleur to write and direct a film, but is unable to come up with a suitable plot.  After recent box office failures, he finds himself drifting towards a nervous breakdown.  Guido finds himself examining his past flawed relationships with the many women who have come through his life. Sixteen women in all, among them Luisa his wife flawlessly played by MARY STUART MASTERSON. His mistress Carla is Tony award winning JANE KRAKOWSKI who shines and has a legendary entrance/exit. Claudia his actress and muse is portrayed by the polished LAURA BENANTI, and magical Myra Lucretia Taylor is Sarraghina the woman who first introduced nine year old Guido to love.  Guido grapples to maintain his sanity as the women drift in and out of his memory and he struggles to act his mature age of 40 as opposed to nine.

The creative and design team are: Jonathan Butterell, choreographer; Kevin Stites, musical director; Scott Pask, sets; Victoria Mortimer, costumes; Brian MacDevitt, lights; Jon Weston, sound; and Jonathan Tunick, orchestrator.

A limited engagement through January 4, 2003, NINE is playing at the Eugene O'Neill Theater, 230 West 49th Street, in New York City. (212) 239-6200. Performances are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 7 p.m.; Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2 and 7 p.m.; and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets: $60 to $100.

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