Is London Hit One Man, Two Guvnors Broadway-Bound?

News   Is London Hit One Man, Two Guvnors Broadway-Bound?
Tony Award-winning producer Bob Boyett may bring Richard Bean's acclaimed London comedy One Man, Two Guvnors to Broadway this season following its West End engagement, according to Variety.

James Corden
James Corden

Taking a page from Goldoni's The Servant of Two Masters, the music-filled comedy stars James Corden, who has been praised for his performance. He was also seen in The History Boys at the National Theatre, on Broadway and on film.

Nicholas Hytner directs the production, which began previews May 17 at the National's Lyttelton Theatre and continues there through Sept. 19, prior to stops in Plymouth, Salford, Birmingham and Edinburgh. It has songs by Grant Olding.

One Man, Two Guvnors will play a 16-week West End run at the Adelphi Theatre, beginning Nov. 8. Performances will continue through Feb. 25, 2012.

The production is also scheduled to arrive in cinemas this September as part of National Theatre Live.

According to the National, Corden stars as "Francis Henshall who, fired from his skiffle band, becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small-time East End hood, now in Brighton to collect £6,000 from his fiancée's dad. But Roscoe is really his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother, who's been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers. Holed up at the Cricketers' Arms, the permanently ravenous Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a second job with one Stanley Stubbers, who is hiding from the police and waiting to be re-united with Rachel. To prevent discovery, Francis must keep his two 'guvnors' apart. Simple."

Boyett previously transferred the National Theatre productions of The History Boys and War Horse to Broadway. He is also attached to the upcoming Broadway revival of Funny Girl, which is aiming for a spring 2012 return.

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