Martin Guerre may return yet again. The new Boublil-Schonberg musical, which failed to reach Broadway this season and is currently playing out the last leg of its national tour in Los Angeles, will possibly be resurrected later this year for a second tour, reported Variety.
Alan Wasser, the general manager of Broadway's Miss Saigon, Les Miz and The Phantom of the Opera -- all Cameron Mackintosh shows, as Martin Guerre is -- told the trade, "We haven't devised any strategy yet. We're looking to see a tour of Martin Guerre with 2000 to 2001 not as likely as 2001 to 2002. Once we've figured that out, it could possibly lead to a New York engagement."
Christopher Manos of Atlanta's Theater Under the Stars confirmed he was in discussions to host a touring production of Guerre.
Martin Guerre moved into Los Angeles' Ahmanson Theatre on Feb. 16. The show will stay there until April 8. Shortly after Martin Guerre closed up shop at Washington, DC's Kennedy Center, producer Cameron Mackintosh declared it would not march on to Broadway as planned. He blamed the lack of a suitable theatre. However, it has been speculated throughout the Broadway community that, due to the musical's poor reception in the regions, Mackintosh will never bring Martin Guerre to New York.
Martin Guerre began its stateside life Sept. 17 at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, and then played Detroit's Fisher Theatre in early December 1999 and opened at Washington, DC's Kennedy Center on Dec. 29 (previews from Dec. 23). The production remained in Washington until Jan. 16 and then moved on to Seattle Fifth Avenue Theater.
The play tells the story of the eponymous Frenchman who returns to his family after seven years fighting in the war. He seems a very changed man and, although his wife accepts him back, doubts about his true identity emerge.
Panaro recently starred in Broadway's Phantom of the Opera. Other Broadway credits include Side Show, Show Boat and Les Miz. Buntrock, who spent time as Barrett on Titanic on Broadway, was on the brink of the national tour of Beauty and the Beast when he got the offer to appear in Guerre. Dilly played Billie in the Encores! staging of Babes in Arms and was recently in Off-Broadway's Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight.
Conall Morrison directs. An associate director at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, Morrison has helmed Boucicault's The Colleen Bawn and Patrick Kavanaugh's Tarry Flynn at that theatre.
* Another Mackintosh show, the Sondheim revue Putting It Together, closed on Broadway on Feb. 20.
-- By Robert Simonson