Tony-winning bookwriter Jeff Whitty told the trade mag that the musical set on a fictive street in New York City will not take child-star-turned-superintendent Gary Coleman across the pond.
"We're not moving the setting. That wouldn't make sense," Whitty was quoted. The character of Coleman, however, may not translate to the British stage. "We've all come to an agreement that it will be a character who exists more in the world of the show, who has the same arc as our famous Gary Coleman. And it's going to be played by a man this time."
Jason Moore (Steel Magnolias) directed the puppet and people-populated musical which reached its 1,000th performance Dec. 22, 2005 at the John Golden Theatre. A second production of the musical opened Sept. 8, 2005 at the custom-built Broadway Theatre in the Wynn Las Vegas casino resort.