The 49-year-old Brown said that writing is well underway, with producer Jon Thoday (the impresario who brought Jerry Springer: The Opera to Theatreland) attached. A workshop is planned for the spring, with Thoday hoping for a home for the show on the boards of the Palladium or Drury Lane. However, it has competition. The year 2004 is shaping up as a big one for big musicals in London. Although The Lord Of The Rings, rumored to be the most expensive musical ever, isn’t expected until early 2005, there are plenty of jumbo-sized shows to occupy the city’s limited number of musical theatre houses. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Woman In White will take up the Palace, Cameron Mackintosh and Disney’s Mary Poppins the Prince Edward. There’s also the rumored UK opening of Disney’s Aida, and the John Barry-Don Black Brighton Rock, which may start off West End but will soon be looking to up the ante.
Neither do long-runners like Les Miserables or Phantom of the Opera look to be leaving soon, and with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Noises Off bedded in at Drury Lane and the Palladium respectively, Thoday might have to rely on the closing of Springer at the Cambridge to get a look in!