The producers of Australia's hit musical, The Boy From Oz, are bringing the show to Broadway in the fall of 1999. As of Sept. 15, however, there is no information as to a theatre or the cast, according to press rep Adrian Bryan-Brown. The show, a musical biography of the late entertainer Peter Allen, who was a protege of Judy Garland (and who was briefly married to Liza Minnelli), received strongly positive reviews when it opened Mar. 5 at Her Majesty's Theatre, Sydney. Allen scored and starred in the Broadway musical Legs Diamond, a high-profile flop in 1989. Songs by the Aussie entertainer include "I Go To Rio," "When I Get My Name In Lights" and "Quiet Please, There's A Lady on the Stage."
As in Australia, the production will be directed by Gale Edwards and is produced by Ben Gannon and Robert Fox. Anthony Van Laast will provide the choreography. The show's design will be by Peter J. Davison (sets), Roger Kirk (costumes), Mark McCullough (lights) and John Scandreff (sound). The Australian production starred Todd McKenney as Allen.
According to an ad in Variety, The Boy From Oz has racked up $20 million at the box office to date.