B’way in Boston: boast ‘Mamma Mia!,’ ‘Summer of ’42’

'The Full Monty,' 'South Pacific' also on tap

SOUTHBURY, Conn. — SFX Theatrical Group’s Broadway in Boston has announced a solid mixture of pre- and post-Broadway productions, including the new musicals “Mamma Mia!” and “Summer of ’42,” for its 2001-2002 season at Boston’s Colonial and Wilbur theaters.

The pre-Broadway runs of “Mamma Mia!” and “Summer of ’42” will be at the Colonial from Aug. 16 and Nov. 13, respectively. Latter show, a small-scale musical version of the 1971 movie, was developed under the auspices of Connecticut’s Goodspeed Opera House last September and also was seen in Dayton, Ohio. Tuner features book by Hunter Foster and music and lyrics by David Kirshenbaum. According to Broadway in Boston/SFX, producer Mitchell Maxwell will move the show to Broadway from Boston.

Post-Broadway shows will include “The Full Monty” at the Colonial (beginning Jan. 24, 2002), following “Contact.” Also at the Colonial: revivals of “South Pacific” and Ann-Margret and Gary Sandy in “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” which began a lengthy national tour in Wallingford, Conn., recently.

The season at the Wilbur will include the touring production of Michael Frayn’s “Copenhagen” (from Feb. 18), “Stomp” (from Nov. 13) and Broadway in Boston/SFX’s second collaboration with Boston’s nonprofit Huntington Theater Co. Play is TBA.

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