The show, which opened officially July 15, 2008, received five Laurence Olivier Award nominations, with Lesli Margherita winning the award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical. Other nominations were for Best New Musical as well as for stars Emma Williams (Best Actress in a Musical), Matt Rawle (Best Actor in a Musical) and choreographer Rafael Amargo, who was nominated for Best Theatre Choreographer.
According to press materials, the show's "success in London has paved the way for several confirmed future international productions of Zorro in France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Japan, Korea and Russia. It is scheduled to open in Paris at the Folies Bergère in October 2009."
Zorro - the Musical, according to press notes, "promises to retell the dramatic tale of a romantic hero with extraordinary aerial acrobatics, spectacular sword-fighting and incredible magic – all set to the famous red-hot Gipsy King beat brought to the UK stage with the authentic colours of traditional Flamenco." Zorro is the secret identity of Don Diego de la Vega, a fictional wealthy caballero and master swordsman living in Spanish California, who defends the people of the land against injustice.
Zorro will be replaced by the Menier Chocolate Factory's production of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's 1973 Broadway musical A Little Night Music — directed by Tony Award winner Trevor Nunn — which will transfer to the Garrick, beginning performances March 28, prior to an official opening April 7; Night Music is initially booking to July 25.
For more information visit www.zorrothemusical.com.