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Jerry Mitchell to adapt Becoming Nancy to stage musical

News January 2014Tony Award-winning director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell has said in an interview this week that he is currently working on a musical stage version of Becoming Nancy, based on the Terry Ronald’s novel.

I’m actually working on a new show” revealed Mitchell, “I’ve got the rights to a British book I read on the plane called Becoming Nancy by Terry Ronald.

BECOMING NANCY: For David Starr, being cast as Nancy in the upcoming school production of Oliver! is quite a shock. But David is up to the challenge. Living in a three-bedroom semi in 1970s’ working-class East Dulwich, surrounded by his somewhat colourful relatives, he is bright, smart-mouthed, fanatical about pop music and ready to shine. Rehearsals begin, and he strikes up a friendship with the handsome yet enigmatic Maxie Boswell, captain of the school football team. As their alliance deepens it appears they might become more than just good friends, but that can’t be right, can it?

Mitchell said, “It’s an amazing, amazing story about accepting people for who they really are and also about how the adults work around these two children. I’m really looking forward to developing it into a full musical!

Mitchell is currently directing and choreographing the West End premiere of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, which will make its debut at the Savoy Theatre in March.

Jerry Mitchell made his Broadway and West End debuts as director with the 2011 Olivier Award-winning Best Musical, Legally Blonde, for which he was also choreographer and was nominated for the Tony and Olivier Awards for his choreography and the Drama Desk Award for his direction.  He received Broadway’s Tony Award as choreographer of the 2005 Tony Award-winning Best Revival of La Cage aux Folles.

It is fair to say that just about everything that Jerry Mitchell works on is likely to be successful, so watch out for Becoming Nancy!

Friday 24th January 2014


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