Theater: 'Can-Can' Can; Familiar 'Country;' Sweet 'Cinderella'

October 6, 2014 10:36 PM

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Emmy winner David Lee -- who was a writer-producer on Cheers and went on to co-create Frasier and Wings -- has been making a specialty of reviving and reworking musicals with troubled books. For years, Lee has been focused on two shows in particular, staging them around the country and generally whipping them into shape. One is Camelot, one of the best scores in musical theater with reportedly one of the worst books. His latest mounting of that show is at Two River Theater in Red Bank, New Jersey starting in mid-November.

And now here he comes with Can-Can, a show most everyone felt had a weak Cole Porter score and a cliched book by the legendary Abe Burrows. Lee has mounted this show over the past few years, including the Pasadena Playhouse in 2007 with much of the same creative team on board. The sole Broadway revi...

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