EXCLUSIVE: Three a long time in the past Michael Ball (Les Miserables) had teeny-bopper groupies ready for him on the stage door — in London and on Broadway — because of a heartthrob position in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Features of Love. It didn’t damage that Ball bought to belt out “Love Modifications Every part,” which was a success on each side of the Atlantic.
Ball will star in a brand new manufacturing of the musical, and can sing that music once more.
Features of Love is set to open in Might at London’s Lyric Theatre, owned by Nimax Theatres, an organization managed by Nica Burns and producer Max Weitzenhoffer. Burns will produce.
Ball is the primary to acknowledge that he not can play the youthful Alex Dillingham, the half he created within the unique manufacturing in 1989 on the Prince of Wales Theatre. Throughout a current reception at that exact same theater, Ball advised Deadline that whereas he gained’t tackle Alex once more, he’ll play the a part of George, his aristocratic uncle.
The boys each have affairs with Parisian actress Rose Vibert, and there are additional episodes of troubled wishes and tangled feelings, therefore its title.
”I’m enjoying George, and I’m going to sing ‘Love Modifications Every part,’” Ball advised us.
”It’s going to be a very reimagined present,” he mentioned. “You gained’t acknowledge it.”
Lloyd Webber would possibly write a brand new music for the reimagined manufacturing.
Jonathan Kent, who directed Imelda Staunton (The Crown) and Ball in an award-winning manufacturing of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, will direct the brand new Features of Love.
Producer Burns will prepare for Kent, Ball, Lloyd Webber and the present’s songwriters Don Black and Charles Hart to collect for a workshop in London earlier than the top of the 12 months. Beneath Kent’s route, it is going to discover methods to reassess Features of Love, together with methods to construction the piece in order that Ball, as George, can carry out “Love Modifications Every part.”
Lloyd Webber wrote the musical’s unique e-book, tailored from David Garnett’s 1955 novella. Ball and Kent are eager to strip it of its extra saccharin moments that have been high-quality 30 years in the past however would sink it now.
Together with Ball, the unique 1989 firm, included Ann Crumb as Rose and Kevin Colson as George.
Colson was a last-minute alternative for Roger Moore, who had been picked by Lloyd Webber and unique director Trevor Nunn to play George. Nonetheless, throughout rehearsals it turned clear that Moore couldn’t carry a tune and couldn’t probably stick with it with the present. He withdrew and went off snowboarding within the Swiss Alps.
Features of Love will preview on the Lyric Theatre on London’s Shaftesbury Avenue from Might 12, and opening evening will probably be Might 25. The present has been booked to run for 26 weeks.