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‘Rape’ posts strong B.O. in France

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The ongoing Euro 2000 soccer championships have had a dramatic effect on cinema attendance in France, causing it to plunge 50% every time a match is shown on TV.

Review: ‘Pippin’

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When “Pippin” opened on Broadway in 1972, the running time was a fleeting and functional 118 minutes. In its reincarnation at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, N.J., the song-and-dance odyssey of Charlemagne’s son’s quest for fulfillment takes a half-hour longer, including an added intermission. Boasting new choreography and orchestrations, the reconceived production proves the tried-and-true rule that less is more. The show has lost its charm, dash and whimsy.

Review: ‘Copacabana’

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A formulaic and predictable but tuneful and generally enjoyable piece of retro melodramatic fluff, Barry Manilow’s “Copacabana” should bring solace to older road punters who decry the loss of the traditional mores of the American musical theater. In need of a healthier shot of irony, this is no show for progressives and both book and choreography badly need expansion and revision.