Sleepless in Seattle Musical Will Make Its World Premiere at Pasadena Playhouse

News   Sleepless in Seattle Musical Will Make Its World Premiere at Pasadena Playhouse The Pasadena Playhouse in association with David Shor announced May 19 that the world premiere of Sleepless in Seattle — The Musical, based on the film of the same name, will complete the California's venue's previously announced 2011-12 season.

Performances will begin June 12, 2012, and the production will play through July 15.

Sleepless in Seattle has a book by Jeff Arch, who penned the film's original story and co-wrote the screenplay, sharing 1994 Oscar, BAFTA and WGA nominations with Nora Ephron and David Ward. Music and lyrics are by Michelle Citrin, Michael Garin and Josh Nelson. Joel Zwick will direct.

"I am very taken with the charm, romance, wit, and theatrical whimsy of this musical, and so pleased that The Playhouse is the designated choice for the next step in its development," said Pasadena Playhouse artistic director Sheldon Epps in a statement. "We have had great success recently with shows born on our stage that are now enjoying an extended life on Broadway and beyond (such as the Tony-nominated productions of Sister Act and Baby It’s You!). I believe that Sleepless in Seattle has the potential for a long and happy theatrical future. I am sure that our audiences will be swept away as they discover the clever and contemporary score, which supports this new musical adaptation of this well-loved story. I look forward to a tremendous collaboration with the entire creative team."

Producer David Shor added, "We are thrilled that the world premiere of Sleepless in Seattle will be at The Pasadena Playhouse because of their storied, historic past. The Pasadena Playhouse is one of the theaters I have been in discussions with all through the development phase of the show. The relationship and chemistry that has developed with the creative and management team at The Playhouse through that process, coupled with the other shows that have played and been developed there and sent on to successful Broadway runs, made the decision an easy one for me. When I acquired the rights to produce the musical, I knew the story had heart and wit, and we have assembled an amazing creative team to really flavor the story with a contemporary feel. I hope audiences will fall in love with the stage production as they did with the 1993 film."

Casting will be announced at a later date. For more information visit www.PasadenaPlayhouse.org.

Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in promotional art for the film.
Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in promotional art for the film.
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