He bangs, he bangs. He also may be cutting a swath across the London stage, literally.
Worldwide Latin pop star Ricky Martin is apparently in talks to play Zorro in a London musical produced by Adam Kenwright, according to the London Sun, as reported by Reuters. That said, Kenwright's office told Playbill On Line (April 19) "we can't comment on that and don't know when we can."
Kenwright's recent co-producing credits include Stones in His Pockets and De La Guarda.
Playing Zorro, the masked hero and defender of the oppressed, would not be Martin's legit debut, since he was a Broadway Marius in Les Miserables in 1996. Fans of coincidence might note that Martin sang a version of the theme song, "I Want to Spend the Rest of My Life Loving You," with Tina Arena for the 1998 Antonio Banderas film, "The Mask of Zorro." (The producers opted to use Marc Anthony's duet with Arena instead).
Reuters reports that the producers are also talking to UK singer songwriter Robbie Williams about writing tunes for the Zorro show. — By David Lefkowitz