‘Can Can’ to get a rewrite

Lee tuner to preem at Pasadena Playhouse

Former “Frasier” producer-writer David Lee will direct and write a new book for the Cole Porter musical “Can Can” that will have its world premiere at the Pasadena Playhouse next summer.

The Playhouse is billing the show as a “re-envisioning” of the 1953 musical, set in a Paris dance hall in the late 1890s. Lee is writing a new book with Joel Fields (“Commander in Chief”) to replace the Abe Burrows original.

Creative team will include set designer Roy Christopher, Randy Gardell on costumes and Steven Orich as musical director and orchestrator. A choreographer has not yet been hired.

Pasadena Playhouse artistic director Sheldon Epps secured the rights from the Porter estate just prior to the mounting of current production “Sister Act: The Musical,” which has been extended through Dec. 17.

“Can Can” will run June 29-Aug. 5 at the Playhouse.

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