Speaking to Playbill.com the Menier’s co-producer and co-founder David Babani confirmed that the Jason Robert Brown musical will open at the Southwark venue in July 2006.
Babani also revealed that the Menier’s forthcoming season will include Breakfast With Jonny Wilkinson, a new comedy by Chris England, the co-writer of An Evening With Gary Linekar which played the West End’s Duchess theatre for nearly a year in 1991/92.
Breakfast With Jonny Wilkinson, whose cast will include the author, will start previewing April 19, with an opening night on April 27.
Whereas An Evening With Gary Lineker drew on England’s soccer fever during the 1990 World Cup, Jonny Wilkinson, which is set in a dilapidated rugby club, focuses on England’s World Rugby Cup triumph in 2003.
“Sunday in the Park With George is an impossible show to follow. How do you top that?” said Babani. “So I thought we have to go to the opposite end of the spectrum”. Breakfast With Jonny Wilkinson will run until July 2 and it’s hoped will tap into the nation’s mood as it watches England compete in the Wold Cup soccer finals in June.
That show will be followed by the first UK staging of Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years which received its 2001 world premier in Skokie IL and ran Off Broadway in 2002. Casting for the two-hander, about a relationship—told from beginning to end by the man and from end to beginning by the woman—has yet to be decided.