Jerry Mitchell to Adapt Terry Ronald's BECOMING NANCY to Stage Musical
Tony Award-winning director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell revealed in an interview with West End Frame yesterday that he is currently working on a musical stage version of BECOMING NANCY, based on 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 who just did Denise Van Outen's new show."
Set in 1970s working-class East Dulwich, the novel follows David Starr who is cast in the role of 'Nancy' in his school's production of Oliver. As rehearsals get underway, he finds himself falling in love with the captain of the football team, Maxie Boswell, who plays the role of Bill Sikes in the play.
Shared the director, "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 debuted at the Savoy Theatre in March following two regional runs in Manchester and Aylesbury.
Jerry Mitchell made his Broadway and West End debuts as director with the 2011 Olivier Award-winning Best Musical, Legally Blonde, for which he also served as choreographer and was nominated for the Tony and Olivier Awards for his choreography and the Drama Desk Award for his direction. Jerry received Broadway's Tony Award as choreographer of the 2005 Tony Award-winning Best Revival of La Cage aux Folles, having also been nominated for the Tony in the same category for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.
Previously, Jerry received Olivier, Tony and other nominations for choreographing Hairspray and The Full Monty. For Broadway, Jerry also choreographed Never Gonna Dance and the revivals of Gypsy (starring Bernadette Peters), The Rocky Horror Show and You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, as well as Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Off-Broadway and film). Most recently, he directed and choreographed Peepshow, a Las Vegas extravaganza production show and served as production supervisor for Broadway's Priscilla Queen of the Desert.