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‘Zorro,’ ‘Mary Poppins’ bring beloved tales to local stages

Zorro

Christopher Renshaw first got involved in the development of the stage musical “Zorro” back in 2001. Next week, he finally gets a chance to bring it to the United States when it premieres at the Alliance Theatre.

Renshaw, who is gay, is directing a new version of the production, which he originally envisioned as being the first flamenco musical. He and author Stephen Clark approached the Gipsy Kings, known for their flamenco-rumba music, to get the first staging up and going.

That was back in 2008, when “Zorro” opened in London and played a year. Since then, it’s toured around the world, save for America.