The Boy From Oz, a stage biography based on the life and songs of Peter Allen, was accorded a month-long workshop in January in Sydney, Australia.
Plans are to premiere the piece at Her Majesty's Theatre in Sydney in about a year, and, if the "Ozzies" (i.e., Aussies) like it, it'll head for Broadway.
Sean Hingston played the title role in the workshop and will perform it when the show officially opens. Like Allen, he is an Australian-born entertainer who performed in New York theatre. When signed for the part, he was appearing in a New Haven, CT, workshop of the Cole Porter-A.R. Gurney piece, Let's Do It.
The book for the musical was written by Nick Enright, a 1992 Oscar-nominated co-scripter of Lorenzo's Oil. Judy Garland, who discovered Allen singing with his brother in 1964 and made them her opening act, will be a major character in the play. So, too, will Liza Minnelli, who was married to Allen.
David Hirschfelder did the orchestrations for the all-Allen score. Gale Edwards helmed the workshop and will be directing the show when it opens. Allen died of an AIDS-related disease June 18, 1992, at the age of 48.