Orson Welles and Cole Porter's Around The World Begins Limited NYC Engagement Dec. 6
By Carey Purcell
Around The World, a play written by Orson Welles and Cole Porter based on Jules Verne's "Around The World in 80 Days," begins performances at New York City's Mint Theater Dec. 6.
Lost Musicals' semi-staged production was recently presented in London at Sadler's Wells. New York performances run through Dec. 12, marking the first time Around The World has been seen in New York since the original production in 1946.
Directed by Ian Marshall Fisher, the cast of the benefit performances includes Nicholas Jones (Philomena, Hamlet), Neil McCaul (The Merchant Of Venice, Oedipus), Michael Roberts (Piaf, The Mousetrap), James Vaughan (Great Expectations), Davina Perera (Bombay Dreams, Privates On Parade), Rebekah Hinds ("The Syndicate", "Shameless"), Lance Fuller and Rob Eyles.
Mark Warman (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Into The Woods) is music director.
"Around The World is a Marx Brothers-type musical satire on the British... and everyone else," press notes state. "Based on Jules Verne's classic novel, the story follows Phineas Fogg, who makes a bet to go 'Around The World In Eighty Days.' Welles' madcap script shows off his incredible showmanship and comedic sense of fun, while Porter's delightful score — including 'Pipe Dreaming,' 'There He Goes, Mr. Phineas Fogg,' 'Whenever They Fly The Flag Of Old England,' 'Should I Tell You I Love You' and 'Look What I Found,' featuring his usual lyrical wit and melodic panache."
Around The World premiered on Broadway at the Adelphi Theatre May 31, 1946. Welles returned from Hollywood to Broadway as the writer, producer, director and star, advertising the show as a "musical extravaganza." The production featured a giant mechanical elephant, an onstage train crash, fireworks, magic tricks, silent film clips and an entire three-ring circus.
Tickets and more information are available by calling (866) 811-4111 or visiting minttheater.org.
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