February 29, 2008

Rick Elice Off to London to Oversee JB in London

February 29th, 2008

New York Post reports that Rick Elice, co-writer with Marshall Brickman of the smash hit Jersey Boys, is off to oversee the show in London, where it opens next month.

“I have to make sure the jokes work,” he said the other night at the opening of an exhibit about Broadway musicals at the Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.

“They might think the Jersey Boys are from an island in the English Channel.”

Elice joked that he was taking with him Henny Youngman’s book of 1,000 jokes.

“When in doubt . . . ”

Elice and Brickman recently parted ways with producer Sandy Gallen, who’d hired them to write a musical based on Father of the Bride.

Elice chalked up the split to “artistic differences. We thought it should be good.”

1 Comment »

  1. You experiment. You refine. This is a process.

    You want something done or undone- with a great script like this, Rick Elice is the man. He makes fifty lines in this Tony winning show appear as needed.
    And listen…you fly me to London in time for Opening Night, you wait and then take me over to Vegas, so I can see my fans.

    All I can say is… thank goodness, Michael David and the other Producers were on the same page with Elice and Brickman when it came to artistic standards.

    Have a good trip, Rick. We look forward to you getting back to civilization and finding your next project. The sky’s the limit – my hand to God.

    Comment by Audrey — March 4, 2008 @ 12:50 am

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