In 2001 Martin Jarvis took to the American stage to star as Jeeves in Alan Ayckbourn and Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical play, By Jeeves. This is the diary he kept of that show: a hilarious and brilliantly observed day-to-day study of triumphs, failures and mindbending chaos as the play heads for the glory of the 'Great White Way'.
Among a dazzling cast that ranges from Ayckbourn, Lloyd Webber and Broadway musical star John Scherer, to mafiosi stage crew, Pittsburgh pundits, Ian McKellen, Gregory Peck - even Mary Archer - Jarvis bravely struggles to create his own worthy characterisation of the inimitable manservant, 'almost singing, virtually dancing, definitely speaking.'
But as the backstage saga unfolds, there are unexpected problems. New York itself is in the grip of fear following September 11, and a further mystery emerges as the show nears its Broadway opening. Shadowy figures lurk in the background. Are there those who wish the production more harm than good?
Packed with anecdote, gossip and wry observation, Broadway, Jeeves? is a mixture of comedy, drama and suspense, and a peek behind the scenes of a major Broadway show. Above all it is the record of a talented group of American players - with Jarvis the only Brit - busting every gut through one extraordinary year, to give audiences a wonderful time in the theatre.