American legit producer Bob Boyett and London theater The Menier Chocolate Factory have struck a three-year partnership to present Chocolate Factory productions Stateside.
As half of Boyett Ostar Prods., Boyett already has a similar arrangement with London’s National Theater for Gotham imports of National fare. “Coram Boy,” “The History Boys” and “Jumpers” are among the National alums they have moved to Broadway.
Boyett, with Boyett Ostar partner Bill Haber, was involved in last year’s Olivier-winning West End transfer of the Chocolate Factory revival of “Sunday in the Park with George.” In January the Roundabout will produce “Sunday” on Broadway in association with Chocolate Factory a.d. David Babani and Boyett Ostar, among others.
Founded in 2004 in a former chocolate factory on London’s south bank, the Menier Chocolate Factory quickly made a name for itself particularly with productions of American tuners such as “Little Shop of Horrors,” “tick, tick…BOOM!” and “The Last 5 Years.” The commercial org’s upcoming slate includes a new musical from Richard Maltby, Jr., and David Shire (“Big”) called “Take Flight,” as well as Patrick Marber’s play “Dealer’s Choice.”
As an individual, Boyett has been a producer on shows including “Deuce,” the 2004 revival of “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Topdog/Underdog.”