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Musical ‘Matador’ Rides Into London

Stefanie Powers, who made her London stage bow last year in “Love Letters,” is returning to star in “Matador,” a new musical with a book inspired by Spanish corrida legend El Cordobes. The show’s due April 16 at the Queen’s Theater, staged by Elijah Moshinsky for producer Laurence Myers.

“Matador,” with music and lyrics by pop composers Michael Leander and Edward Seago in their first legit effort, originated four years ago as a CBS-label concept album by Tom Jones.

Workshop versions were mounted in 1989 at the Marriott Lincolnshire Theater in suburban Chicago and the Coconut Grove Playhouse in Florida. Myers said the Peter Jukes book has been extensively revised.

John Barrowman, currently in “Miss Saigon” here, and Nicky Henson are topcast, with choreography by Arlene Phillips and Rafael Aguilar, and scenery by William Dudley.

The production, in which Sony Music Entertainment (nee CBS Records) and publisher Morrison Leahy Music are the principal investors, is capitalized at &pounds;1.5 million ($2.85 million), will have a &pounds;25 ($47.50) top ticket, could gross 145,000&pounds; ($275,000) a week at the 987-seat Queen’s, and breaks even at about &pounds;70,000 ($133,000).

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