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16/01/03
West End Tragedy Afoot
- Romeo and Juliet closes early

ROMEO AND JULIET - the Musical has posted early closing notices at the West End's Piccadilly Theatre. The show which opened November 4 2002 closes February 8, scarcely reaching the end of its official 16 week booking period.

The musical version of Shakespeare's romantic tragedy wowed Paris audiences but flopped upon transferring to London. Even Gerard Presgurvic's stirring original music could not fortify the Bard's script against Don Black's new lyrics or David Freeman's direction, and the tale of warring families whose children die for love lost its investors money.

Instead, Black's reworking fell short of the much loved West Side Story. Whereas Bernstein's musical successfully translated Romeo and Juliet into New York gangland, Black's attempt to reconcile pop music and modern dialogue to Shakespeare's plot failed. The journey across the the channel doomed the show to the fate of another ill-received Paris hit, the Hunchback of Notre Dame.



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