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Trans-Atlantic Whirlwind Juggles Dozens of Shows

Saturday, 11 July 2009

LONDON — Before jetting to Greece for a quick sailing holiday last week the British theater producer Sonia Friedman convened her staff for a meeting titled “Current and Productions in Development.” It could have been called “Enough Plays to Fill an Entire Broadway Season.”

Ms. Friedman, who has won the last two Tony Awards for best play revival (for “Boeing-Boeing” in 2008 and “The Norman Conquests” last month), is well known in the theater here and on Broadway for having a dizzying number of projects going at once, the recession be damned.

That morning’s agenda covered eight current shows — including her West End hits “La Cage aux Folles” and “Arcadia,” both possible transfers to Broadway — and 22 more in various stages. Among them: a theatrical version of the film “Shakespeare in Love,” which she is negotiating to develop with the producer Harvey Weinstein, and a production of Ibsen’s “Ghosts” starring Kim Cattrall(Samantha of “Sex and the City”).

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