Orson Welles and Cole Porter's Around The World to Play First New York Performance Since 1946

By Carey Purcell
October 22, 2013

Around The World, a play written by Orson Welles and Cole Porter and based on Jules Verne's "Around The World in 80 Days," will be presented in a series of benefit performances in London's Sadler's Wells and New York City's Mint Theater.



Lost Musicals' semi-staged performance will be presented in London Oct. 20 and Nov. 3 and 9-10. New York performances are scheduled for Dec. 6-12, marking the first time Around The World will be seen in New York since the original production in 1946.

Directed by Ian Marshall Fisher, the cast includes David Firth (Hamlet, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof), Neil McCaul (The Merchant Of Venice, Oedipus), Michael Roberts (Piaf, The Mousetrap), James Vaughan (Great Expectations), Davina Perera (Bombay Dreams, Privates On Parade), Rebekah Hinds ("The Syndicate", "Shameless"), Lance Fuller and Rob Eyles.

Mark Warman (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Into The Woods) will serve as music director.

"Around The World is a Marx Brothers-type musical satire on the British... and everyone else," press notes state. "Based on Jules Verne's classic novel, the story follows Phineas Fogg, who makes a bet to go 'Around The World In Eighty Days.' Welles' madcap script shows off his incredible showmanship and comedic sense of fun, while Porter's delightful score — including 'Pipe Dreaming,' 'There He Goes, Mr. Phineas Fogg,' 'Whenever They Fly The Flag Of Old England,' 'Should I Tell You I Love You' and 'Look What I Found,' featuring his usual lyrical wit and melodic panache."

Around The World premiered on Broadway at the Adelphi Theatre May 31, 1946. Welles returned from Hollywood to Broadway as the writer, producer, director and star, advertising the show as a "musical extravaganza." The production featured a giant mechanical elephant, an onstage train crash, fireworks, magic tricks, silent film clips and an entire three-ring circus.

Tickets and more information are available by calling 866-811-4111 or visiting minttheater.org.

For more information, visit LostMusicals.org.