Des McAnuff will direct musical revival
Broadway auds will see “Guys and Dolls” again after all — but not the long-discussed transfer of helmer Michael Grandage’s hit London revival.Instead the tuner, skedded for a spring 2009 bow in a Nederlander theater to be announced, will be directed by Des McAnuff (“Jersey Boys,” “The Who’s Tommy”), reuniting with choreographer and “Jersey Boys” collaborator Sergio Trujillo. No casting has been announced. A Gotham transfer of Grandage’s U.K. staging, which originated at the Donmar Warehouse in 2005 before moving to the West End, had at one point aimed for an early 2008 run on Broadway, but scheduling and casting obstacles repeatedly blocked it. Ewan McGregor and Jane Krakowski starred in the Donmar production, and Anne Hathaway and Debra Messing were among the names mentioned for the Rialto incarnation. Howard Panter of Brit producing org Ambassador Theater Group, which was also involved in the Donmar version’s West End run, is the lead producer for the Rialto “Guys,” with Tulchin/Bartner and Darren Bagert co-producing. The 1950 musical about hustlers, gangsters and dames in New York City, based on short stories by Damon Runyon, has a score by Frank Loesser (including tunes “Luck Be a Lady” and “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat”) and book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows. Musical will be the second Rialto revival of Loesser’s work for McAnuff. He also helmed a 1995 production of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” that starred Matthew Broderick. “Guys and Dolls” has been revived on Broadway four times, the last time in a 1992 production starring Nathan Lane, Faith Prince and Peter Gallagher and directed by Jerry Zaks. New revival joins an increasingly crowded musical season that also includes high-profile stagings of “West Side Story” and “Pal Joey.”
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