The acclaimed British production of One Man, Two Guvnors crossed the pond to land on the glittering shores of the New York Theatre District for its Broadway premiere. It quickly became one of the most anticipated plays of the 2011-2012 Broadway season. The show officially opened on Broadway on April 18, 2012, at the Music Box Theatre, located at 239 West 45th Street.
One Man, Two Guvnors is a side-splitting comedy by Richard Bean that is based on Carlo Goldoni’s The Servant of Two Masters. Bean's other works include England People Very Nice for the National Theatre, The Heretic, Harvest which was the winner of the 2006 London Critics’ Circle Award for Best New Play, Honeymoon Suite, and Under the Whaleback.
Grant Olding wrote original songs for the play, but it is not considered a musical theatre work. The show is directed by Nicholas Hytner.
In One Man, Two Guvnors, James Corden stars as “Francis Henshall” (the “One Man”), who is always-famished and easily-confused. He agrees to work for a local gangster as well as a criminal in hiding (the “Two Guvnors”). What ensues is a rollicking two hours of falling trousers, flying fish heads, star-crossed lovers, and cross-dressing mobsters, all of which adds to Henshall's confusion and the comedy of errors as he attempts to prevent his two Guvnors from crossing paths -- as he tries to eat everything in sight in the process.
Opening on Broadway just in time to be considered for award season, One Man, Two Guvnors has already taken the critics by storm earning multiple nominations for both the Drama Desk Awards and the Outer Critics Circle Awards.
James Corden stars as “Francis Henshall” in One Man, Two Guvnors with Oliver Chris as “Stanley Stubbers,” 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,” Suzie Toase as “Dolly.” The company also includes Ben Livingston as “Gareth”, Brian Gonzales, Eli James, Sarah Manton, Stephen Pilkington, David Ryan Smith, and Natalie Smith.
The creative team for One Man, Two Guvnors includes Mark Thompson on both Sets and Costume Design, with Physical Comedy Direction by Cal McCrystal, Lighting Degsign by Mark Henderson, and Sound Design by Paul Arditti. The production also features an on-stage band, “The Craze,” that includes Jason Rabinowitz on Lead Vocals, Austin Moorhead on Lead Guitar, Jacob Colin Cohen on Drums & Percussion, Charlie Rosen on Bass, Matt Cusack, and Zach Jones.
The National Theatre of Great Britain presented the work in London's West End theatre district where the show was proclaimed by The Guardian as "one of the funniest productions in the National’s history." Other critics called the show "deliriously daft and diabolically joke stuffed entertainment" (The Independent) and "pure comic bliss" (Evening Standard).
This Broadway production is the pinnacle for the show that enjoyed a sold-out run that opened at the National Theatre in May, 2011, followed by a national tour of Great Britain, then another sold-out run in London’s famed West End that began in the fall of 2011. The excellend production value and perfect delivery by the performers on stage earned One Man, Two Guvnors the Evening Standard and the London Critics Circle Awards. The production was also nominated for five Olivier Awards, the British equivalent to Broadway's Tony Awards, including Best Play.
One Man, Two Guvnors is produced on Broadway by Bob Boyett and the National Theatre of Great Britain.
For more information and to get tickets, visit the show's website.