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Let's close the show right here

You just can't get the stars. London has seen Patti LuPone, Betty Buckley, Elaine Paige (twice), Rita Moreno and Petula Clark (twice) but that's your lot. Sunset Boulevard is a show about a star, it takes one to play one and there are none to be had, not even for ready money, at least according to Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Group.

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IMAGINE a new musical of Othello where the creators spell out the content. Let's call it Jealousy. Instead of individual numbers, Jealousy threads its motifs and refrains in and out of scenes, so characters share melodies and dispute the idea from different angles: "jealousy is ...", "jealousy isn't ...", "jealousy does ...", "jealousy doesn't ..." There's a new musical which does this, based on the film Passione d'Amore (1982), which itself is based on a 19th-century Italian novel, Fosca. The composer and lyricist is Stephen Sondheim, and the bookwriter is James Lapine. The melodies wind in and out of scenes as characters tell us: "love is ...", "love isn't ...", "love has ...", "love was ...". Passion, it emerges, is one big theme tune.

Arts: Double take

The theatre critic Paul Taylor and the music critic Edward Seckerson compare notes on Stephen Sondheim's musical 'Passion'

how to play the Yamaha

Playing a Yamaha is not as easy as you might think, especially if yours has handlebars and sturdy tartan pannier bags. A rudimentary tune might be achieved by tapping different areas of the petrol tank with your key-ring, but you risk chipping the enamel, so I'd advise against it.

CITY SLICKER : BIRMINGHAM

BBC Radio's Music Live 95, the biggest musical outside broadcast ever mounted, kicks off in Brum on 25 May and runs to Monday 29 May: 60 hours of live music, 49 broadcast transmissions from 21 city locations and artists as diverse as East 17, Tammy Wynette, Cleo Laine, Michael Ball and Jools Holland. Be there or be somewhere else ...

The case of the actress and the showman: 'A capricious act by a capricious man.' So saying, the actress Faye Dunaway filed a lawsuit against Andrew Lloyd Webber for pounds 4m last week after he sacked her from Sunset Boulevard. It's not the first time that he has had problems with his stars. By David Benedict

We've been here before. 'If she can't sing, she can't have the part,' said Andrew Lloyd Webber. The actress in question? No, not Faye Dunaway, but Meryl Streep, up for the lead in the movie of Evita.

'Relief' in parish as priest quits after turbulent tenure: Senior church official will try to restore confidence to a rural community split by feuds since the arrival four years ago of a charismatic figure. Peter Dunn reports

Father Terry Moore, who disappeared from his parish in Cornwall two months ago, has resigned after four turbulent years as vicar of Stratton and Launcells near Bude.

SPEECH MARKS / The things they say about Aspects of Love . . .

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Festival hit by blaze at theatre: Edinburgh may be forced to move some events to Glasgow for the first time

EDINBURGH Festival officials were in talks with the owners of the city's Playhouse theatre last night after a backstage fire at the venue put 11 festival performances at risk.

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