The Great American Mousical

16 November 2007

Julie Andrews and Broadway

Julie Andrews is returning to Broadway -- as a director. Her most charming book,"The Great American Mousical," which she wrote with daughter Emma Walton Hamilton, is being musicked by Anthony Drewe and George Stiles, the team who tuned the musical "Mary Poppins." The ultra charming, humorous and yes, exciting "Mousical" also takes on some of the recognizable Broadway stars who appear on stage above the cellar-dwellng mice. The book was illustrated by Tony Walton who will likely design the sets and costumes, making this Broadway production a family affair. Meanwhile, "Simeon's Gift," which Julie and Emma bring to the Sag Harbor Bay Street Theater Thanksgiving, is just finding its legs in preparation to tour   children's theaters and schools. It is a tender story set in the 15th century about a man's travels among animals. The music is by Ian Fraser and John Bucchino. While Julie Andrews continues spreading joy with her career, her autobiography "Home" (Hyperion) hits bookshelves April 1.