As reported earlier this year, Roman Holiday – The Cole Porter Musical will play a pre-Broadway engagement May-June 2017 at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Theatre, prior to a fall Broadway arrival. Producers Paul Blake and Mike Bosner are behind the project.
Blake and Bosner, who are also the producers behind the hit Broadway jukebox musical Beautiful —The Carole King Musical, have tapped that show's director, Marc Bruni, to helm Roman Holiday.
Todd Ellison will music direct.
A casting notice indicates slightly revised San Francisco run dates. Roman Holiday will begin May 23, 2017, for a run through June 18. It will officially open June 6.
The musical was first seen at the St. Louis Muny in 2001, with a subsequent production at the Guthrie Theatre in 2012. Blake also wrote the book.
He is joined by Emmy-winning writers Kathy Speer and Terry Grossman (The Golden Girls) for the latest incarnation. The stage adaptation of the Oscar-winning 1953 film features such Porter classics as “Night and Day,” “Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye,” and “Easy to Love.”
Here’s how Roman Holiday is billed: “In the midst of a whirlwind tour of European capitals, a young princess yearns to experience life – to explore the world beyond diplomatic dinners and Royal balls. Enter an American reporter, who, almost overnight, goes from covering the royal family to covering up her great escape. And in the span of 24 unforgettable hours, they discover the magic of Rome, the promise of love, and a secret they will share forever.”