Olivier-nominated British import One Man, Two Guvnors starts previews April 6 at the Music Box Theatre. The Nicholas Hytner-helmed production, starring James Corden, will officially open on April 18.
One Man, Two Guvnors, adapted by Richard Bean from Italian classic Servant of Two Masters, is the story of Francis Henshall (Corden), who becomes minder to small-time hood Roscoe Crabbe. Roscoe is actually Henshall’s sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother, who’s been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers (played by Oliver Chris). Francis takes a second job with Stubbers, who is hiding from the police and waiting to be reunited with Rachel. Francis must keep his two guvnors apart to prevent discovery.
In addition to Cordon and Chris, the production stars Jemima Rooper as Rachel Crabbe, Tom Edden as Alfie, Martyn Ellis as Harry Dangle, Trevor Laird as Lloyd Boateng, Claire Lams as Pauline Clench, Fred Ridgeway as Charlie Clench, Daniel Rigby as Alan Dangle and Suzie Toase as Dolly. The company will also include Brian Gonzales, Eli James, Ben Livingston, Sarah Manton, Stephen Pilkington, David Ryan Smith and Natalie Smith.
Broadway.com recently got a sneak peek at the high-energy onstage band that will back up the One Man action; see them all on stage soon!