Kiss of the WHO?

A few years after the Broadway opening of the master composers’ popular musicals “Cabaret” and “Chicago,” John Kander and Fred Ebb wrote their most spellbinding and provocative work, “Kiss of the Spider Woman.” It swept the 1993 Tony Award musical categories and ran for almost three years on Broadway. Yet “Kiss of the Spider Woman” fell into obscurity and is seldom produced. It is considered the duo’s “lost jewel.” Kander and Ebb wrote “one of their finest scores for ‘Spider Woman,’” according to one critic — with songs that are “an exotic concoction of...

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