SYDNEY Two Australian legit producers are well on their way to exporting their first shows to the U.S.
Kevin Jacobsen intends to stage concert versions of Larry Hart’s rock-gospel musical “Sisterella,” and is eyeing Gotham’s Radio City Music Hall and L.A.’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion as potential venues.
Jacobsen says Radio City exec Ed Micone has agreed to visit Sydney in July to catch the tuner, which starts a 14-week run at the Capitol Theater in June. Jacobsen bought the English-speaking rights after seeing “Sisterella,” an R&B remake of the Cinderella fairytale, at the Pasadena Playhouse in California.
Helmed by and starring Hart, the $4.8 million musical bowed at Melbourne’s Regent Theater in March. After a slow start, it has been playing to 88% capacity, Jacobsen says.
Meanwhile, the Concert Corp., a co-venture between vet Melbourne producer/concert promoter Garry Van Egmond and British businessman Michael Watt, has clinched a deal with the Sydney Theater Co. and avant-garde choreographer Dein Perry for world rights to Perry’s “Steel City.”
Brian Thomson, designer of the high-octane dance show, Perry’s follow-up to his international hit “Tap Dogs,” has been scouting locations in Las Vegas, and Van Egmond hopes to soon firm a venue.
Meanwhile Jacobsen and Gregory Boyd, artistic director of Houston’s Alley Theater, are readying their production of “Jekyll & Hyde” to launch at the Capitol Theater in November.