The Greatest Showman’s Michael Gracey to direct; musical supervision by 5 times Grammy award-winner Jacob Collier
A new musical featuring the voice and music of famous opera tenorLuciano Pavarotti is heading to London’s West End in Autumn 2023.
Pavarotti’s widow Nicoletta Mantovani, the Pavarotti Foundation and Universal Music Group have sanctioned the show.
It will be produced by former artistic director of English National Opera, John Berry, and Anthony Lilley’s Scenario Two Productions, who are also producing the new Terry Gillian directed Sondheim musical Into the Woods at the Theatre Royal Bath, which will transfer into the West End next year.
Grammy award-winner Jacob Collier will be musical arranger of the show, with direction by Michael Gracey (The Greatest Showman). The pair held a recent successful workshop of the new musical.
The show is underpinned by cutting-edge sound design technology created by Ben Bloomberg at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), which isolates Pavarotti’s extraordinary voice from recordings, and is then performed with harmonies sung live by singers.
The new musical has a book by Hilary Bell, Miriam Buether will design, and Ashley Warren is the choreographer.
The musical plans to be inspired by the voice of Luciano Pavarotti rather than a straight biographical show, bringing his story to life through his original recordings, and focusing on the impact his unique voice had on people’s lives around the world.
Born in 1935 in Modena Italy, Luciano Pavarotti Cavaliere di Gran Croce was one of the most famous operatic tenors of his generation, and who managed to successfully cross over into popular music, notably with the enormous success of “The Three Tenors” and his rendition of “Nessun Dorma” during the 1990 World Cup. He died from pancreatic cancer in 2007.
The show has been discussed since 2019, and was originally slated for 2021. The new Pavarotti musical will debut in Autumn 2023.