Bruce Robert Harris and Jack W. Batman, lead producers of the solo show, announced June 4 that Pink Carpet will have a limited engagement in London's West End early next year; theatre and dates will be announced at a later time.
David Galligan directs.
In a statement Leslie Jordan said, "This is just a cheap ploy to get an all expense paid trip to London, but I am thrilled to be able to share my life story on another continent. Oh, and all those boys with accents!"
In addition to Harris and Batman, the producing team also includes Dennis Grimaldi, Lily Tomlin, Jane Wagner, Jean McFaddin-Susan Falk, Daniel Wallace and D. Michael Dvorchak-Jim McLaughlin.
Jordan, according to press notes, has created "an outrageous tell-all that weaves together a hilarious collection of true life stories (which are also the basis for his popular memoir, 'My Trip Down the Pink Carpet,' recently published by Simon & Schuster)." The production is described as "a theatrical romp – from small-town USA to the pink carpet of Hollywood – [that] tells the unlikely tale of one of America's true gay icons. Raised in a conservative family in Chattanooga, TN, Leslie — who describes himself as 'the gayest man I know' — boarded a Greyhound bus bound for L.A. with $1,200 sewn into his underpants and never looked back. His pocket-sized physique and inescapable talent for high camp paved the way to a lucrative and varied career in commercials and on television. Along the way he immersed himself in writing for the stage, and his one-man testimonials have become cult hits. But with success came dangerous temptations that threatened his career and life." The creative team includes Michael Hotopp (scenic consultant), Jesse Belsky (lighting design), Wallace Flores (sound design) and Andrea Wales (production stage manager).
Show times are Wednesday-Saturday at 9 PM and Sunday at 6 PM.
Tickets, priced $55 and $79.50, are available by calling (212) 352-3101. The Midtown Theater is located at 163 West 46th Street.