The 1953 musical “Can-Can” will shake a leg on Broadway, with a revival gearing up for a 2014 run.
Jonathan Burrows, nephew of the tuner’s original book writer Abe Burrows, will produce the show to be directed by David Lee, who also pens a revised book with co-scribe Joel Fields. Patti Colombo choreographs.
With tunes by Cole Porter, “Can-Can” follows the owner of a Belle Epoque dancehall whose run-in with the law — prompted by the scandalous dance of title — leads to romance.
Lee, the scribe-helmer whose smallscreen work includes a longtime gig with “Frasier,” took an initial stab at “Can-Can” when he adapted the book for the concert staging that starred Patti LuPone and Michael Nouri as part of the City Center Encores! series in 2004.
Lee went on to direct a production, with a book that was further revised, at Pasadena Playhouse in 2007. Co-writer Fields (“The Americans,” “Ugly Betty”) and choreographer Colombo (“Peter Pan”) boarded that production, which starred Michelle Duffy and Kevin Earley
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Producer Burrows, whose Hollywood credits include “Fletch,” said he’s aiming for big names for the Broadway revival, adding that he hopes to pull together a developmental lab presentation of the show this summer or fall.
Burrows wouldn’t reveal the capitalization cost, but he described the show as a medium-scale musical. Productions of that size often come in at around $8 million.