Geoffrey Rush will star in the musical “Consider Yourself: The Lionel Bart Story” with Stephen Fry, Olivia Colman, Eddie Marsan, Matt Lucas, Michelle Dockery and Al Weaver.
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Vadim Jean (“Breaking the Bank”) is directing the musical drama about the life of composer-lyricist Bart, best known for writing the score for “Oliver!”
Elliot Davis, whose credits include “Loserville: The Musical,” is on board to write the script. He and Martin Koch, who won a Tony for “Billy Elliot the Musical,” will write the music and original score.
Weaver will play young Bart, a prodigy who could neither read nor write music. Rush will portray the older version of the composer, who lost his fortune after backing a string of flops.
“Oliver!” was based on Charles Dickens’ “Oliver Twist” and was the first modern British musical to be transferred successfully to Broadway. The movie version won the best picture Oscar.
Rush is among the few actors to have won an Oscar, a Tony and an Emmy.
The news was first reported by Deadline.