A booking of the national tour of The Drowsy Chaperone has been announced for a Nov. 27-Dec. 2 run at Philadelphia's Academy of Music, despite the fact that a launch date for the new tour of the hit, Tony Award-winning Broadway musical comedy has not been announced.
Fall 2007 is the general start window for the Drowsy tour, but neither a city nor a cast has been revealed for the touring debut of the love letter to musicals and those who adore them.
According to the March 1 announcement by Kimmel Center, Inc. & Shubert Organization, Inc., which is presenting the New Cadillac Broadway Series at the Academy of Music and Forrest Theatre in Philly, Cameron Mackintosh's production of My Fair Lady will make its U.S. premiere March 11–16, 2008, at the Academy of Music, "direct from its 50th anniversary London production and U.K. national tour."
The legendary Lerner & Loewe musical will star acclaimed British theatre actors Christopher Cazenove and Lisa O'Hare, who earned rave reviews for their dynamic performances as Professor Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle in the U.K.
This production is based on the Cameron Mackintosh/National Theatre of Great Britain's award-winning London staging (Jonathan Pryce and Anthony Andrews were also among the Higginses of the run there). The U.S. national tour of My Fair Lady brings together the original U.K. artistic team with direction by Trevor Nunn (Les Miserables), choreography and musical staging by Matthew Bourne (Mary Poppins) and production design by Anthony Ward.
The Academy of Music and the Forrest Theatre "will host the hottest Broadway musicals on tour when the brand new 2007-2008 Cadillac Broadway Series theatre season debuts this fall," according to the announcement. The 2007-08 Cadillac Broadway Series subscription season will also feature The Color Purple (June 17-July 13, 2008) at the Academy of Music; and the 2004 Tony Award-winning Best Musical Avenue Q (Jan. 29-Feb. 10, 2008) at the Forrest Theatre; Wicked (July 25-Aug. 9, 2007); a three-day run of Gypsy (May 9–11, 2008) at the Academy of Music; and Mamma Mia! (July 15–27, 2008) at the Academy of Music.
For more information visit www.kimmelcenter.org/broadway.