Peter Allen, Boy from Oz, May Be NY-Bound

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The producers of Australia's new hit musical, Peter Allen, the Boy from Oz, are coming to NY in April to talk to Broadway's movers and shakers about transferring the show to the Great White Way, it was reported in Variety (Mar. 16).

The producers of Australia's new hit musical, Peter Allen, the Boy from Oz, are coming to NY in April to talk to Broadway's movers and shakers about transferring the show to the Great White Way, it was reported in Variety (Mar. 16).

The show, a musical biography of the late entertainer who was a protege of Judy Garland (and who was briefly married to Liza Minnelli), received strongly positive reviews when it opened Mar. 5 at Her Majesty's Theatre Sydney.

The $4.5 million production, directed by Gale Edwards, stars Todd McKenney as Allen and is produced by Ben Gannon and Robert Fox.

James Thwaites in The Sydney Morning Herald wrote, "Opening Night's audience was in raptures, and rightly so, as here was a truly historic night in theatre."

McKenney was praised by Bryce Hallett of The Australian, who wrote, "When he sings, prances, hoofs it out with the Rockettes at Radio City or cavorts on the white grand piano in a mirror-ball jacket, McKenney easily persuades us that Allen is back from the dead and up where he rightfully belongs." And the Variety called the musical "Australia's first homegrown large-scale tuner in a decade."

The show has an open season at Her Majesty's Theatre Sydney. For tickets, call (61-2)92664029.

-- By Rebecca Paller and Peter Ford
Australia Correspondent

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