Plans are coming together for a number of Richard Rodgers centennial tribute productions and shows in 2002. Topping the short list are productions that have a shot at Broadway.
The first might be the long-awaited transfer of Cameron Mackintosh's Royal National Theatre all-British revival of Rodgers and Hart's Oklahoma! The transfer was thwarted earlier when the UK company was denied immigration clearance. Sources say plans are still underway to bring the show here, this time under a centennial umbrella, perhaps in March 2002. No casting or theatre information is available.
The second show could be a Roundabout revival of Rodgers and Hart's The Boys from Syracuse, according to sources at the Rodgers and Hart Foundation and a spokesperson for the Roundabout. Adapted from Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors and said to be the first musical based on one of his works, Syracuse opened at the Alvin on Broadway in the fall of 1939. That production was directed by George Abott and choreographed by George Balanchine. Eddie Albert, Betty Bruce, Teddy Hart, noted singer Burl Ives, Wynn Murray and vaudevillian Jimmy Savo starred.
The Boys from Syracuse featured the songs "Falling in Love with You," and "This Can't Be Love."
Noted revivals of Syracuse include an Off-Broadway run in 1963 and a London production at the Drury Lane in 1964. (A rap adaptation of Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors, producer Jordan Roth's The Bombitty of Errors, was successfully staged in New York City last year.) Though a Roundabout spokesperson said Syracuse was likely to be mounted at the American Airlines Theatre at some point, no dates have been determined.
—By Murdoch McBride