Chocolate-Flavored Brit-Made Musicals Lay Siege to West 48th Street

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On April 18, choreographer Lynne Page was standing in the middle of West 48th Street, craving a wide-angle lens. "I'm going to stand here and get a shot of both my shows," she declared, gesturing first to the A Little Night Music marquee at the Walter Kerr and then to the La Cage aux Folles at the Longacre.

She set those shows a-dancin' in London at the Menier Chocolate Factory, a baby giant of a play factory which also brought Sunday in the Park with George to Broadway. The head of the company, David Babani, was plainly pleased to see his shows across the street from each other. "We hopefully have staked our claim for a long time," he crowed, and there's more where these three came from, he promised.

"We will be opening around the middle of May a world premiere of a new musical, Paradise Found, directed by Hal Prince and Susan Stroman, starring Mandy Patinkin and John McMartin and Shuler Hensley and Kate Baldwin and Judy Kaye," he said. "Then, Trevor Nunn, who did A Little Night Music, returns to the Chocolate Factory for our first ever Andrew Lloyd WebberAspects of Love."

— Harry Haun

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