The Play What I Wrote Begins Previews March 7, 2003, at Bway's Lyceum; Branagh Helms

News   The Play What I Wrote Begins Previews March 7, 2003, at Bway's Lyceum; Branagh Helms The Play What I Wrote, the comic play that was the smash hit of last year's West End season, will begin previews on this side of the Atlantic March 7, 2003. Broadway's Lyceum Theatre is home to the unique comedy, which, in England, featured surprise on-stage guest appearances by celebrities. Opening night is March 30.

The Play What I Wrote revolves around a play which comedian Hamish McColl has written entitled A Tight Squeeze for the Scarlet Pimple. He needs only to sign on a celebrity and he can break up with his comedy partner Sean Foley to become a famous Broadway playwright. Every night a different celebrity takes the bait.

The original London mounting, which concentrated more on the famed-in-Britain-but-mostly-unknown-Stateside comedy team of Ernie Wise and Eric Morecambe, starred Foley, McColl and Toby Jones; the latter won an Olivier Award for his work. All three actors repeat their performances on Broadway, as will director Kenneth Branagh. As in London, the Broadway production will feature a rotating roster of guest celebrities in the second act of each performance.

Playwriting actors Sean Foley and Hamish McColl are a comedy duo who are known in the U.K. as the Right Size. Their other productions include Bewilderness and the comedy Do You Come Here, which won the 1999 Olivier Award for Best Entertainment.

Irving Davies creates the original choreography, performed to original songs by Gary Yershon. Designing the show are Alice Power (sets, costumes) and Tim Mitchell (lighting).

The producing team for The Play What I Wrote includes filmmaker and director Mike Nichols and David Pugh (Torch Song Trilogy in London, The Blues Brothers musical.).