James Cordon to star as Britain"s Got Talent winner Paul Potts after winning award for One Man, Two Guvnors

James Cordon to star as Britain's Got Talent winner Paul Potts after winning award for One Man, Two Guvnors

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01:28 GMT, 15 June 2012

James Corden, who pulled off a blinder winning the best actor Tony for the National Theatre’s One Man, Two Guvnors on Broadway (the London production is a hit at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket).
Comic roles usually get short shrift at award shows, so it’s thrilling that James’s masterful turn was recognised.

Film chief Harvey Weinstein was pretty impressed, too, particularly as he has cast James in a film called One Chance. He’ll portray tenor Paul Potts on the long haul it took him to get through various disasters and on to the first series of Britain’s Got Talent, which he won.

Corden has been working with director David Frankel (who made The Devil Wears Prada) on the screenplay.

James Corden will star as Paul Potts in a new film One Chance about his life

James Corden will star as Paul Potts in a new film One Chance about his life

Harvey told me: ‘James is a brilliant actor and a wonderful comedian and we’re excited to be working with him — and David — on this inspiring true story. Hot off James’s Tony win, we can’t wait to get started.’ Shooting will begin here around October.

Rosalie Craig, who has been wowing critics with her performance in Ragtime, which is in repertory at the Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park.

Rosalie will join Julian Ovenden in
Finding Neverland, the new stage musical (with a lovely score) based on
the movie of the same name, about how J. M. Barrie met the Llewelyn
Davies boys, who inspired him to pen Peter Pan.

Ms Craig, who I saw in London Road at the National Theatre and Aspects Of Love at the Menier Chocolate Factory, will portray the boys’ mother Sylvia.

There were rumours that Gwyneth Paltrow would be in the show, but they soon died away.
Liz Robertson has been cast as Sylvia’s mother, and other company members chosen by director Rob Ashford, with producers Harvey Weinstein and Victoria Parker, include Clare Foster, Oliver Boot, Stuart Neal, Vince Leigh and Norman Bowman.

Rehearsals start in early August and performances begin at the Curve in Leicester in September.

Sierra Boggess, pictured in Love Never Dies, is set to replace Caroline Sheen as Fantine in Les Miserables

Sierra Boggess, pictured in Love Never Dies, is set to replace Caroline Sheen as Fantine in Les Miserables

Sierra Boggess, who will join the West End production of Les Miserables as Fantine some time in the summer.

She will take over the part from Caroline Sheen, who has announced that she and husband Michael Jibson are ‘delighted’ that they are expecting their first child. Ms Sheen will leave the company on June 29.

Ms Boggess, so good in Love Never Dies, is still negotiating her start date as Fantine at the Queen’s Theatre.

She became available when a show she was
supposed to do in New York with the legendary Hal Prince, nicknamed the
Prince Of Broadway, was postponed. Tam Mutu, Danielle Hope and Linzi
Hateley join Les Mis at the Queen’s from June 18.

Gwen Taylor and Don Warrington, who will lead a national tour of Alfred Uhry’s play Driving Miss Daisy. Ms Taylor will play the southern woman who hires Warrington’s Hoke Coleburn to drive her car. Over the years, they come to depend on each other.

The production begins at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre from October 8 through October 13, after which producer Julian Stoneman takes it on the road, calling at Croydon, Richmond, Bath, Malvern, Brighton, Derby and Southend.

Colin Ingram, the producer of the musical Ghost, told his cast on Wednesday night that the show at the Piccadilly Theatre would close on October 6.

‘We had a good run at it,’ he told me, ‘but this year has been tough. Everything in the West End is down a little bit.’ He said the cast was ‘breathing easier’ because they still have four months to work in the show. Ingram said there would be a UK tour.

And though he confirmed a production in Holland would not go ahead, he suggested there might be versions in Germany and Korea. The Broadway production was toughing it out, he added. ‘We’re waiting for the tourist rush in July.’

As regular readers know, the Spice Girls musical Viva Forever, from producer Judy Craymer, opens at the Piccadilly in December.