Mamma Mia! Makes Way for Producers at Prince Edward???
Date: 8 November 2002
So perhaps Susan Stroman's dream wasn't so outlandish after all. The choreographer of hit Broadway musical The Producers was said to have her heart set on staging the London transfer at the Prince Edward theatre, where she and her late husband once worked together (See The Goss, 4 Oct 2002). That was thought highly unlikely given that the Prince Edward is the home of one of the West End's biggest hits, Abba's Mamma Mia!. However, according to today's Daily Mail, we may be seeing some musical chair action after all. Apparently, in 2004, Mamma Mia!, which opened in March 1999, plans to mark its fifth anniversary (and the 30th anniversary of the Swedish supergroup's Eurovision triumph) by moving into the Prince of Wales (which The Full Monty vacates next month), leaving the Prince Edward free for The Producers. Of course, the new 2004 schedule does mean another delay for the highly anticipated transfer of Mel Brooks' multiple Tony Award-winning hit. When the UK production of The Producers was first mooted (in summer 2001), the show was predicted to open here at the start of 2003; in May of this year, that was pushed back to autumn 2003.
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