Stratford will stage a Muslim-Jewish musical by comic-writer Baddiel at groundbreaking theatre

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‘Excited’: Baddiel loves the show

UPDATE: The musical had a short run

CROWDFUNDERS have coughed up the £55,110 required to stage The Infidel, a musical based on the movie of the same name written by comic-author David Baddiel.

The musical tells the story of a British Muslim who discovers that he is adopted and that his birth parents were Jewish, leading to, say the publicists, “an uproarious and insightful comedy of identity, race, prejudice and confusion”.

Sounds dreadful. But the venue that will premiere the show this autumn 2014 is the Theatre Royal Stratford East, which has a great record of theatrical launches.

Baddiel hopes that The Infidel will cash in on the success of The Book of Mormon, Avenue Q and Spamalot. So confident is he that he has entrusted himself to  co-direct and write the story, and has asked friend Erran Baron Cohen (yes: related) to write the music.

The New York-born Baddiel said (according to a press release): “I’m very excited that – ” Cut! (That’s enough luvvy-speak.)

The 2010 movie starred Miranda Hart and Omid Djalili and won good reviews. Casting of the stage adaptation is not known. Hart and Djalili may consider themselves too big for the East End stage.

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* The Infidel: the musical will run from Fri 3 Oct 2014-Sun 2 Nov 2014. For tickets, £7-£24, phone box office on 020 8534 0310, or book on line or in person at Theatre Royal Stratford East, Gerry Raffles Square E15 1BN. 

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