UK Group Formed to Produce Musicals; Chorus Line up First

News   UK Group Formed to Produce Musicals; Chorus Line up First Broadway may still be in the throes of big English and European musicals, but PACE Theatrical Group and Turnstyle Productions will give a little back when they combine to produce four musicals in the West End: A Chorus Line, Bells Are Ringing, My One And Only and The Pajama Game. The shows will play at three England theatres: the Theatre Royal in Plymouth, the Mayflower in Southhampton, and the New Victoria in Woking, before their commercial West End productions.

Broadway may still be in the throes of big English and European musicals, but PACE Theatrical Group and Turnstyle Productions will give a little back when they combine to produce four musicals in the West End: A Chorus Line, Bells Are Ringing, My One And Only and The Pajama Game. The shows will play at three England theatres: the Theatre Royal in Plymouth, the Mayflower in Southhampton, and the New Victoria in Woking, before their commercial West End productions.

The project, which goes under the title "The Musicals Alliance," begins Feb. 24 in Plymouth with Chorus Line, directed by original cast member Baayork Lee, who restaged the show's U.S. national tour in 1990.

Simon Callow is set to direct Pajama Game, Ian Judge will stage Bells starring Twiggy, and Tommy Tune will direct My One And Only. Tune made his Broadway debut in the chorus of Baker Street. Other B'way highlights from his career include Michael Bennett's Seesaw (Best Featured Actor in a Musical), The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine (Best Choreography/ Best Direction of a Musical), Stepping Out, Grand Hotel (Best Choreography/Best Direction of a Musical), The Will Rogers Follies (Best Choreography/Best Direction of a Musical) and Tommy Tune Tonite!. He also directed The Club and Cloud 9 Off-B'way.

It will be Tune's first announced new production since he withdrew as diretor of the forthcoming William Finn musical, The Royal Family in Seattle this fall.

--By David Lefkowitz

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