All Star Productions’ latest choice from the back catalogue of rarely-produced musicals will be 1960s western drama 110 in the Shade.
Written by the songwriting team behind the world’s longest-running musical, The Fantasticks, Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones, the rare London revival of the show which has only played the West End once (in 1967) will play Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre from 9 until 28 May with a press night on 12 May.
Continuing All Star Productions’ commitment to producing revivals of rarely-produced musicals, the show will be directed by Randy Smartnick with musical direction by Aaron Clingham. The team will also include choreographer Kate McPhee and producer Andrew Yon.
Casting and further creative details will be announced at a later date.
The story of a single woman in a drought hit south western town torn between two men, the musical features a book by N. Richard Nash based on his original 1954 play The Rainmaker.
Following on from their Off-Broadway hit The Fantasticks, 110 in ihe Shade was Schmidt and Jones’ first project written for the Broadway stage. After a Boston try-out, the show opened on Broadway in 1963 with a cast that included Robert Horton, Inga Swenson and Stephen Douglass. The supporting cast featured Will Geer, Lesley Ann Warren and Gretchen Cryer.
Apart from its West End run in 1967, the show’s only previous London performance of note was a concert staging in 1999 for the Discovering Lost Musicals Charitable Trust.
The show’s most recent Broadway revival was in 2007 and featured a Drama Desk Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated performance in the leading role by Broadway favourite Audra McDonald.