Thursday, August 03, 2006

San Francisco to Host North American Premiere of Matthew Bourne's Edward Scissorhands

San Francisco to Host North American Premiere of Matthew Bourne's Edward Scissorhands

Dates have been confirmed for the North American premiere of celebrated choreographer Matthew Bourne's beautiful, yet haunting musical without words, Edward Scissorhands. The production will debut in San Francisco just in time for the Holidays -- November 11-December 10 -- as part of the city's Best of Broadway series.

Last Thanksgiving, I was in London to take in the world premiere of this masterful adaptation of Tim Burton's 1990 film tale at Sadler's Wells. Edward Scissorhands offers stylized dance to "tell" its story about:

"a boy created by an eccentric inventor who dies leaving him alone and unfinished. Left with only scissors for hands, Edward must find his place in a strange new suburban world where the well meaning community struggle to see past his strange appearance to the innocence and gentleness within."
I've now been very fortunate to see Bourne's intriguing and often downright sexy choreography a half dozen times, including his West End work on Oliver!, My Fair Lady and Mary Poppins, as well as stateside touring productions of his renowned Swan Lake and the superb, sexually turbo-charged The Car Man. Without a doubt, he is probably the singular most important, vital choreographer in theatre today. Despite his previous recognition -- and Tony -- for his work on Swan Lake, I'm hoping that Mary Poppins will finally cement his reputation on Broadway. Certainly, the American tour of Edward Scissorhands won't hurt.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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