‘Blonde Bombshell’ tuner to West End

Plater to adapt teleplay into stage material

NEW YORK — The trend of transforming movies into musicals has expanded to include TV movies as fodder for the stage.

Retooled as a tuner, the HBO/BBC production “Last of the Blonde Bombshells” is headed for London’s West End next August.

The Theater of Comedy Co. has commissioned Alan Plater to adapt his teleplay into a stage musical. Judi Dench starred in the story of an all-girl swing band during WWII; she is nominated for a leading-actress Emmy for her work in “Bombshells.”

“Wouldn’t it be great if we could get Judi Dench to star in the musical version?” mused Don Taffner, chairman of TCC.

That bit of casting hope isn’t so far-fetched. Dench is a member of the Comedy Co. and has a long history in musical theater, having starred in London productions of “Cabaret” and “A Little Night Music.”

As for a venue for “Bombshells,” the Comedy Co. owns and runs the Shaftesbury Theater in the West End.

“Two weeks ago we put ‘Peggy Sue Got Married’ into the Shaftesbury,” said Taffner, “and it looks like it’s doing quite well and staying there. Hopefully, we’ll have to look for another theater next August.”

The score for “Bombshells” will be comprised mostly of Big Band standards from the 1940s. Taffner said the rights to those songs had not yet been secured.

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