Nine

"Nine" is about an Italian film director who is struggling to satisfy the many women in his life.

"Nine" is about an Italian film director who is struggling to satisfy the many women in his life. It requires a leading man who starts off full of braggadocio but slowly falls apart. Antonio Banderas, in the Tony Award-winning revival, seems to have it backwards. After a shaky start with the one-man duet in "Guido's Song," he slowly finds his footing. He's never near as confident as William Ullrich, who plays the lothario as a lad. Grazie for the self-assurance of Broadway vet Chita Rivera, whose "Folies Bergeres" reminds us that this is composer Maury Yeston's most scintillating score. Hers is the only number that bests the original cast album of 1982.—MS