Even before the reviews came in, the underwriters of “Faust” at the La Jolla Playhouse had lined up some influential Broadway talent to shepherd the Randy Newman musical to Broadway. First on the list was Nina Lannan, a member of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful team and general manager of “Cats” and “Sunset Boulevard.” Broadway Video (aka Lorne Michaels Inc.) and Warner Bros., which financed the La Jolla tryout, have brought in Lannan and her team to general manage the show.
The critical consensus on Newman’s dark update of the Devil’s bargain legend was that the songs are terrific (you can hear them on the all-star album), and the idea is, too, but the book needs work.
The producers’ consensus is that “Faust” is heading East. “We’ve been actively getting our act together to bring it to Broadway,” says a senior member of the producing team. “That’s where we want to be. We didn’t know what to expect, but the experience at La Jolla was just so positive.”
Still, there may be more Faustian bargains in the works. The show may have an interim stop at another regional theater or in a standard roadhouse. And a theater owner or a party with a coupla million dollars to spare could be added to the producing team.
“We don’t have the exact road map,” the senior producer said, “but we should have an idea within the next month.”