A new musical version of Hollywood hit My Best Friend’s Wedding is coming to the Liverpool Empire – in 2022.
The show, co-written by Liverpool’s Jonathan Harvey and the film’s original screenwriter Ronald Bass, will be staged at the Lime Street theatre from March 7-12.
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Liverpool author, playwright and screenwriter Jonathan Harvey
Harvey’s previous musicals include Closer to Heaven – created with the Pet Shop Boys, and Dusty. But My Best Friend’s Wedding is the first time he has co-written a musical.
The pair worked on it in person, and by phone and email, sending versions of the script backwards and forwards between Liverpool and LA.
Harvey said: “If you’re going to co-write with someone, co-write with someone who has won an Oscar!
“We spent a week together in January in Beverly Hills at the hotel he has his offices in, and we thrashed a few things out. And it just worked.
“We had long phone conversations. I was on the phone to him for so long one night that my phone wouldn’t work the next day because I didn’t have any special tariff on phoning LA!”
My Best Friend’s Wedding is at the Liverpool Empire from March 7-12 2022. Tickets HERE