Evita's Elena Roger to Join Boeing-Boeing Cast

News   Evita's Elena Roger to Join Boeing-Boeing Cast
 
Elena Roger, who will finish her acclaimed run in the West End revival of Evita May 26, will join the cast of the hit London revival of Boeing-Boeing May 29.
Elena Roger
Elena Roger

That day the Matthew Warchus-directed production will also welcome Doon Mackichan, Adrian Dunbar and Neil Stuke. Roger will play Italian stewardess Gabriella, Mackichan will play Lufthansa stewardess Gretchen, Dunbar will take on the role of playboy Bernard and Stuke will be Robert.

They will join a cast that features Patricia Hodge as the long-suffering housekeeper Bertha and Amy Nuttall as American stewardess Gloria.

Warchus' production of Marc Camoletti's farce (translated by Beverley Cross) opened at the West End's Comedy Theatre on Feb. 15 following previews that began Feb. 3. The original cast featured Roger Allam, Frances de la Tour and Mark Rylance.

Boeing-Boeing is described in this manner: "Bernard, a successful architect living in Paris, thought he could easily cope with his three air hostess fiancées. It was all a question of timetables and a reliable, long-suffering housekeeper who reluctantly has the role of romantic air-traffic controller. When old school chum Robert arrives, Bernard relishes the chance to show his wide-eyed friend his first-class operation at work. Unfortunately, schedules change, flights are delayed and a new turbo-charged Boeing aircraft is introduced: chaos ensues in this hysterical whirl of mayhem and matchmaking."

Boeing-Boeing originally opened in London in the mid-sixties and held the world record for the longest-running comedy in the West End, playing over 2,000 performances before transferring to Broadway. In 1965 John Rich directed the film starring Tony Curtis and Jerry Lewis.

In her native Buenos Aires, Elena Roger appeared in productions of Nine, Beauty and the Beast, Les Misérables and Saturday Night Fever. With director Valeria Ambrosio Roger devised and starred in the musical Mina, che cosa sei, which won her the ACE Award for Best Actress. Roger's television credits in Argentina include "Hombres de Honor," "Pensionados" and "El Sodero de mi Vida."

For more on Boeing-Boeing, which is now booking until Oct. 20, call (0)870 0606637.

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