The Broadway revival of Cole Porter's rarely-produced 1929 musical Fifty Million Frenchmen, has postponed until spring 1997, according to production spokesperson Judy Jacksina, but is retooling for a larger theatre than originally planned.
The production, a commercial transfer of a successful 1994 production at Pittsburgh Public Theatre, had been announced for the Helen Hayes Theatre, but is in the process of raising an extra $1 million to open at a larger space, Jacksina said.
Directed and choreographed by Ted Pappas (The Pajama Game and Naughty Marietta at New York City Opera) , the revival of the "musical comedy tour of Paris" will retain Porter's score, which includes "You Do Something To Me," "Let's Step Out," "I'm in Love," "You Don't Know Paree" and "The Tale of the Oyster."
Evans Haile and Tommy Krasker have adapted Herbert Fields' book about a group of American tourists in Paris. William Gaxton and Helen Broderick starred in the Broadway original, which ran 254 performances. Bob Hope starred in a 1934 film version.
Krasker, an archivist for the Ira and Lenore Gershwin Trusts, is known for supervising studio recordings of Girl Crazy Strike Up the Band, Pardon My English and other previously unrecorded complete scores. Pappas is a Goodspeed Opera House alumnus, having staged Goodspeed revivals of Promises, Promises and Kiss Me Kate. Producers are Ashton Springer, Jay J. Cohen, John Grimaldi and Eric Perlmutter. Sets are by Allen Moyer, costumes by Andrew B. Marlay and lighting by Frances Aronson.
-- By Robert Viagas