Just last week, we welcomed the news that two giants of cinema are being given the musical theatre treatment. The adaptation of 1980s cult classic Back to the Future, which has spent the past six years time travelling everywhere but actually on to the stage, is finally set to premiere in 2020. Plus, Tabard’s heard that Michael Ball is being lined up to play the DeLorean.
But before then, we understand it’s the turn of another stone-cold classic, Free Willy. This timeless tale of marine love is being mounted in the theatre by none other than The Stage columnist and Theatreland’s king of innuendo, West End Producer.
Until now an unassuming, not-at-all-attention-grabbing figure, West End Producer is at last stepping into the spotlight to star in an Edinburgh Fringe show in which he will cast his next musical with the help of each night’s audience.
According to the impresario, the show will attempt to find a performer to star as the singing sea mammal in his Free Willy musical while promising to lift the curtain – but crucially not his mask – on some of his juiciest theatre secrets and stories.
Running throughout August at Assembly, a series of special guest auditionees will sing such iconic whale-based hits as My Willy Needs to be Wet and One Sea Mammal More for the audience audition panel, who will help West End Producer on the quest to find (you guessed it) his perfect Willy.