Blimey, It's a Hit! Broadway's One Man, Two Guvnors Recoups Its Investment
By Kenneth Jones
Bob Boyett and the National Theatre of Great Britain said on Aug. 22 that their acclaimed Broadway production of One Man, Two Guvnors, which won star James Corden the 2012 Best Actor Tony Award, recouped its $3.25 million capitalization in the week ending Aug. 19. The limited run of the raucous British comedy by Richard Bean concludes on Sept. 2 at the Music Box Theatre.
The 1960s-set One Man, Two Guvnors, an English rewrite of the Italian classic The Servant of Two Masters, is directed by Nicholas Hytner, whose production is infused with new pre-Beatles-style rock tunes by Grant Olding; the score was nominated for the 2012 Tony Award.
One Man, Two Guvnors began Broadway previews on April 6 and opened officially on April 18. Audiences have been wowed by Corden and company willfully breaking the fourth wall in the loose-limbed show about a butler serving two bosses — and satisfying his own appetite for wine, food and women.
The cast features Oliver Chris as Stanley Stubbers, Jemima Rooper as Rachel Crabbe, 2012 Tony nominee Tom Edden as Alfie, Martyn Ellis as Harry Dangle, Trevor Laird as Lloyd Boateng, Claire Lams as Pauline Clench, Fred Ridgeway as Charlie Clench, Daniel Rigby as Alan Dangle, Suzie Toase as Dolly. The company also includes Brian Gonzales, Eli James, Ben Livingston as Gareth, Sarah Manton, Stephen Pilkington, David Ryan Smith, Natalie Smith.
The production's on stage band, The Craze, includes Jacob Colin Cohen on drums and percussion, Austin Moorhead on lead guitar, Jason Rabinowitz on lead vocals and Charlie Rosen on bass, Matt Cusack and Zach Jones.
The production began at National Theatre of Great Britain and jumped to London's West End and spawned the American run, which features most of the original British cast.
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