Musicals director Jerry Mitchell told The Stage last week that he plans to produce and direct a new musical based on the book Becoming Nancy by Terry Ronald.
A gay coming-of-age tale set in 1970’s London, Becoming Nancy is about schoolboy David Starr who is cast as Nancy in a school production of Oliver! He subsequently falls for handsome school football team captain Maxie Boswell, confides in teacher Hamish McClarnon, and is supported by best friend Frances Bassey.
The musical would be part of his new Jerry Mitchell Productions company that he has formed in association with Ambassador Theatre Group.
Becoming Nancy was written by Terry Ronald, who was originally a pop star before becoming a well-known writer, lyricist and arranger for artists including Girls Aloud, Kylie Minogue, The Wanted and Westlife. He is also a musicals writer and arranger, with West End credits including work on Rent Remixed, The Hurly Burly Show and co-writer of new Denise Van Outen one-woman play Some Girl I Used To Know.
The first project for Mitchell’s new company is musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre starring Rufus Hound and Robert Lindsay.
Mitchell is also working on a new musical based on a album.
Jerry Mitchell is one of Broadway’s most respected directors, with recent work including last year’s big Tony winner Kinky Boots, which is on its way to the West End, and Legally Blonde The Musical.