Twiggy will step into the shoes of stage legend Gertrude Lawrence this spring in Noel & Gertie, a new revue which examines the relationship between Lawrence and her friend and frequent co-star, Noel Coward.
The show is scheduled to arrive Off-Broadway sometime this spring. A house has not been selected. Marvin Krauss will produce. Lee Lawson is the director.
Sheridan Morley's Noel & Gertie has its U.S. debut last summer at the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, Long Island. Twiggy's co-star at that time was James Warwick, who starred in the Peter Hall-directed Broadway revival of An Ideal Husband. Roger Rees and John Sandling have been mentioned as possible Noel Cowards for the Off-Broadway production.
Lawrence was perhaps playwright Coward's most famous interpreter, appearing in many of his plays, including London Calling!, Tonight at 8:30, and, famously, Private Lives.
Twiggy acted in Private Lives in a London staging two years ago. However, in theatrical circles, she is still best known for her Broadway turn in George Gershwin musical My One and Only, in which she co- starred with Tommy Tune. Morley is the London theatre critic for the International Herald Tribune and for the Spectator, and has appeared frequently on British television and on the cabaret stage. He has written more than a dozen books on entertainment personalities, including his father, actor Robert Morley. He's also a correspondent for Playbill On-Line.
Variety reported that Noel & Gertie would likely go into either the Promenade Theatre or the Variety Arts.
-- By Robert Simonson