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‘Guvnors’ star learns to duck

Hit requires balance between choreography and improv

The frenetic farce of Richard Bean’s “One Man, Two Guvnors” — the London hit that opened on Broadway April 18 — requires a careful balance between choreographed timing and free-spirited improv. In the words of Nicholas Hytner, “We hand control over to the actors, and especially to James.” The helmer rests assured that star James Corden can take anything his fellow actors — or the aud — throw at him. “And sometimes people literally throw things at him,” said Hytner, who didn’t appear to be joking.

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