Not enough razzmatazz in this `Carnival!'

Theater Review

February 27, 2007|By J. Wynn Rousuck | J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC

A musical fable, Carnival! carries us along on the coming-of-age journey of an orphaned young woman who joins a traveling circus. At the now-shabby Grand Imperial Cirque De Paris, she undergoes experiences that change her forever -- just as she changes those around her.

This evocative show began as a short story by Paul Gallico, was transformed into the 1953 movie Lili, and eight years later became a Broadway musical with a score by Bob Merrill and a book by Michael Stewart.

If you go Carnival! runs through March 11 at the Kennedy Center in Washington. Tickets are $25-$90. Information: 800-444-1324 or kennedy-center.org

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