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Playhouse has Broadway in sights

One show in Pasadena Playhouse’s 2010 season is Broadway bound, and another looks to have those ambitions.

A revival of Noel Coward’s “Fallen Angels,” to open in February, is being produced by special arrangement with London-based producer Bill Kenwright prior to an anticipated Broadway run. “Fallen Angels” is one of Coward’s earliest plays, written in 1923 and not seen on Broadway since a 1956 staging that starred Nancy Walker and Margaret Phillips as two married women who plan adulterous affairs with the same lover. Kenwright previously produced a 2001 London revival of “Fallen Angels” headlining Felicity Kendal and Frances de la Tour.

The musical “Havana” has its world preem in Pasadena in June. While it’s a longer shot for Broadway than the Coward revival, it has definite potential thanks to its Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz (“Anna in the Tropics”) and composer Frank Wildhorn (“Jekyll and Hyde,” “The Scarlet Pimpernel”), who is writing the show’s songs with lyricist Jack Murphy.

“Havana” director Sergio Trujillo has choreographed a number of Broadway musicals, including the current “Next to Normal” and “Jersey Boys,” and will be onboard in the 2009-10 season for more terp duties on the incoming “Memphis” and “The Addams Family.” If “Havana” makes it to Gotham, it would mark Trujillo’s Broadway debut as a director assuming another show doesn’t materialize before his Pasadena project is New York-ready.

Frank Tangredi’s play “Pastoral,” about a female pastor, is also a world premiere for the Pasadena Playhouse and begins previews in September 2010.

The season rounds out with a revival of “Camelot” (January) and Donald Margulies’ “Sight Unseen” (April), as well as a family musical to be announced.

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