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‘Roman Holiday’ Musical, with Cole Porter Songs, Aims for Broadway

Producers of of the Carole King musical “Beautiful” are targeting Broadway with a new musical adaptation of Audrey Hepburn-Gregory Peck film “Roman Holiday,” featuring Cole Porter songs and bowing in San Francisco in the spring of 2017 prior to a Broadway transfer in the fall.

Paul Blake, the former head of the St. Louis MUNY and the lead producer of “Beautiful,” teams with Mike Bosner, one of his partners on “Beautiful,” to produce “Roman Holiday,” with a book by TV veterans Kathy Speer and Terry Grossman (“The Golden Girls,” “Benson”) and co-written by Blake. A director for the staging has yet to be announced; an earlier iteration of the show, which played at the Guthrie Theater in 2012, was directed by John Miller-Stephany.

Like that earlier production, the new one will incorporate familiar Porter songs (“Night and Day,” “Easy to Love,” “Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye”) into the movie’s story of a European princess who busts free of the strictures of her royal life with the help of an American reporter. The 1953 Paramount film was directed by William Wyler.

The musical will play as part of the 2016-17 season at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Theater, where it’ll run May 24-June 28, 2017. Producers then intend to bring the title to Broadway in fall 2017, with exact dates and theater still to be announced.

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