The award-winning musical — which will start previews at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre March 28, 2006, and will officially opens April 18 — is set to such Joel hits as “Uptown Girl,” “We Didn’t Start the Fire,” “She’s Got a Way” and the title track.
The show, which will run at the Apollo until July 17, differs from other back catalogue adaptations, such as Queen’s We Will Rock You and ABBA’s Mamma Mia, in that the narrative is driven not by dialogue, but dance, with choreography by the Tony Award-winning Twyla Tharp.
The music is performed by a ten-piece onstage band who, in total, perform no less than 24 of Joel’s songs. The show spans three decades starting on Long Island in the 1960s and follows the fortunes of five friends and lovers separated by war.
Joel has had 33 top-40 hits, 23 Grammy nominations and with Movin’ Out jointly won the 2003 Tony Award for Best Orchestrations with Stuart Malina.
Tharp, who also won a Tony for Best Choreography, has choreographed five Hollywood movies including “Hair” and “Amadeus.” Her résumé also boasts two Emmys and 17 honorary doctorates. Movin’ Out grossed over $100 million on Broadway during its three year run at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, playing more than 1,300 performances. It ends its Broadway run Dec. 11.
The musical received 10 Tony nominations and has toured across North America playing to 50 cities since February 2004.