Exclusive: London Guys and Dolls May Be Filmed for BBC

News   Exclusive: London Guys and Dolls May Be Filmed for BBC
Plans are underway for the BBC to film the acclaimed London revival of Guys and Dolls staged by American director Gordon Greenberg.
A scene from <i>Guys and Dolls</i>
A scene from Guys and Dolls

The revival, which began life at the Chichester Festival Theatre in summer 2014, opened at London's Savoy Theatre Jan. 6 to critical acclaim. The West End company stars Sophie Thompson and Jamie Parker, both reprising their Chichester roles as Miss Adelaide and Sky Masterson, respectively, joined by David Haig as Nathan Detroit and Siubhan Harrison as Sarah Brown.

"The BBC have asked to film the production," Greenberg told Playbill.com. "The idea is to shoot it in early March so that we preserve the Savoy cast." The BBC most recently filmed Imelda Staunton in Gypsy at the Savoy in October, which had a quick turn around for its TV premiere.

Greenberg has a solid hit on his hands with the production of the Frank Loesser musical that is transferring to the Phoenix Theatre March 19, with a second production on the way that will head out on a U.K. tour.

In addition to his U.K. ventures, Greenberg has been in New York City workshopping his upcoming Broadway project Holiday Inn for Roundabout Theatre Company. The Irving Berlin classic is planning on a fall Broadway arrival at Studio 54, with Greenberg co-writing the book and directing.

"We've been working on a new draft, and Chad Hodge and I are fearless re-writers. We like to fiddle and get back under the hood. We've got some new context," Greenberg said. "Each new group of people that come on board lend their own brand of expertise and insight."

Based on the 1942 film that starred Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire and first introduced the song "White Christmas," the extravagant stage production premiered in fall 2014 at the Goodspeed Opera House, where it earned strong reviews, resulting in an extended holiday run. The production was remounted last summer at the massive St. Louis Muny.

Also on Greenberg's slate is a new movie musical project for Nickelodeon, titled "Emerald City Music Hall," that Greenberg describes as a "Latina 'Wizard of Oz.'" He's collaborating on the project with Michael Weiner.

Meanwhile, the stage adaptation of Disney's Tangled, which Greenberg directed, is sailing strong on the Disney Magic Cruise Ship. Composer Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater adapted their film for the stage show that premiered at sea last fall.

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