Jersey Boys Likely to Play West End Run at Mackintosh-Owned Theatre

News   Jersey Boys Likely to Play West End Run at Mackintosh-Owned Theatre British producer Cameron Mackintosh is planning to host a London version of the Broadway hit Jersey Boys next year.

Cameron Mackintosh
Cameron Mackintosh

The producer has been competing with Andrew Lloyd Webber to take the Frankie Valli musical biography to the West End.

London's Daily Mail reports that since Lloyd Webber's Adelphi Theatre was deemed to have architectural and stage-size problems, Mackintosh's Prince Edward Theatre has moved into pole position for the award-winning show.

It is thought the Prince Edward Theatre's current show, Mary Poppins, will embark on a U.K. tour next year, allowing Jersey Boys to move into the venue in March 2008.

Directed by Des McAnuff, Jersey Boys officially opened at Broadway's August Wilson Theatre on Nov. 6, 2005. The show features music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe, and a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice. The production garnered four Tony Award wins: for stars John Lloyd Young and Christian Hoff, lighting designer Howell Binkley and for the top prize Best Musical.

Meanwhile, the Adelphi Theatre is front runner to host the Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, the principal roles for which will be cast by "Any Dream Will Do," the reality-TV follow-up to "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?," which discovered Connie Fisher for London's current revival of The Sound of Music.

"Any Dream Will Do" starts airing on BBC March 31.