Heidi Blickenstaff, Jeff Bowen, Susan Blackwell and Hunter Bell (seated)
Photo by Carol Rosegg
Very Clever Theatre Limited will present the London premiere of [title of show], the four-person Broadway musical that chronicles the creation of that musical, next year.
The producers, according to a press statement, "expect to open the show towards the end of 2011, with the full original cast, designers and director-choreographer. However this cannot yet be confirmed."
Ollie Southgate, producer for the theatre company, said in a statement, "I am absolutely thrilled to be giving this show the first class West End riding it so rightfully deserves. I have had such admiration for this piece since I first discovered it a few years ago. The fact that this project is finally growing into a full scale production is wonderful news for everybody involved. There is little to announce about the show yet, but I wanted to get word out as soon as possible; all you [tos]sers in London – [title of show] is coming to you!"
The musical that, according to a fan-favorite song in the show, would rather be nine people's favorite thing than 100 people's ninth favorite thing, played its final performance at the Lyceum Theatre Oct. 12, 2008. Following runs at the New York Musical Theatre Festival in 2004 and the Vineyard Theatre in 2006, the entire original cast — including co-creators Jeff Bowen (score) and Hunter Bell (book) as well as co-stars Susan Blackwell and Heidi Blickenstaff — made the leap to the Broadway stage. A Chorus Line's Michael Berresse, who helmed the acclaimed Off-Broadway run, also directed the Broadway version, which featured musical director-arranger Larry Pressgrove onstage playing the electric keyboard. The musical was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical (Bell).