Wedding Singer’s Beguelin and Sklar Penning Score for Get Shorty

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The songwriters for the upcoming Broadway musical The Wedding Singer — composer Matthew Sklar and lyricist Chad Beguelin — already have another theatre project on their plate.

The songwriting duo are currently penning the score to a musical based on the 1995 film “Get Shorty,” which featured a screenplay by Scott Frank based on the Elmore Leonard novel. Lyricist Beguelin told Playbill.com, “We’re currently writing a musical version of Get Shorty, which is completely different from [The Wedding Singer]. It’s another movie where I went, ‘I love this movie. I adored the book.’ I went in to Clear Channel, which had a deal with MGM, and I said, ‘I want to do Get Shorty,’ and they thought I was crazy.

"But it’s like City of Angels, it’s like Guys and Dolls — mobsters making movies. We wrote a song for them called ‘The Girl with the Scream,’ and we sent it to them, and they said yes. And, then we had to get Elmore Leonard to say yes, so we sent him the song, and he said yes. We’ve got most of Act One done and about half of Act Two.”

“Get Shorty,” according to the Internet Movie Database, concerns “a mobster [who] travels to Hollywood to collect a debt and discovers that the movie business is much the same as his current job.” The film’s cast featured John Travolta, Gene Hackman, Rene Russo and Danny DeVito. Barry Sonnenfeld directed.

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