Thursday, September 11, 2014

New Productions in the Works

Several productions have announced this week that they are eyeing runs on the Great White Way -- one a revival of a screen-to-stage classic, as well as two British transfers.

A pre-Broadway revival of Lerner and Loewe's musical adaptation of Gigi, last seen on Broadway in 1974, will play the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.  The production will feature a new book by British playwright and Emmy nominated screenwriter Heidi Thomas ("Cranford", "Call the Midwife", "Upstairs, Downstairs") and will be directed by Broadway vet Eric Schaeffer (Follies, Million Dollar Quartet), with choreography by Josh Bergasse (On the Town, TV's "Smash").  The Broadway productions has not yet announced dates, but will play the Kennedy Center in January and February of next year in hopes of coming to Broadway soon after.  The cast will include Vanessa Hudgens ("High School Musical"), Tony-winner Victoria Clark (The Light in the Piazza, Cinderella, Sister Act), Corey Cott (Newsies), Steffanie Leigh (Mary Poppins), and Tony nominees Kate Burton (The Elephant Man, Hedda Gabler) and Howard McGillin (The Phantom of the Opera).

In other news, British stage adaptations of two popular novels by Hilary Mantel.  The two novels, Wolf Hall and its sequel Bring Up the Bodies, are the first two parts in a planned trilogy about the rise and fall of Thomas Cromwell.  The plays, written by Mike Poulton and directed by Jeremy Herrin, premiered at the Stratford's Swan Theatre, followed by a transfer in the West End via the Royal Shakespeare Company.  The potential Broadway transfer is rumored to be looking at the recently vacant Winter Garden Theatre in New York.

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