We're Goin' Hoppin': Dick Clark and Co. Sign Off on American Bandstand - The Musical

News   We're Goin' Hoppin': Dick Clark and Co. Sign Off on American Bandstand - The Musical "American Bandstand," the music show that had America dancing on a weekly basis from the 1950s to the 1980s and has recently come back to life as an integral part of NBC's family drama "American Dreams" is heading for a rebirth on the musical theatre stage.

Dick Clark Productions Inc. and Theater Events Management Inc. have signed a deal which gives license for the television show to be musicalized for the stage. Michael Wulffhart and Michael Pratter will produce American Bandstand, The Musical set to debut in San Diego in April 2005. "We are grateful for the confidence placed in the producers to guard this brand, identified with traditional American values, good clean fun, great music, and dance, " Pratter stated in a release. "In this day and age, people like being brought back to these a simpler, happier times."

John Thomas Oaks (Chipper) will compose for the musical with Wulffhart (Crazy Love) serving as writer and director. The producers hope to roll out the show nationally, operating in a number of simultaneous companies.

Nostalgia for music of yesteryear rates high as material for musicals lately. Broadway will soon be filled with productions of All Shook Up featuring the music of Elvis Presley, Good Vibrations with The Beach Boys songs and Lennon using the John Lennon catalogue will join current Rialto tenants Movin' Out (Billy Joel tunes set to Twyla Tharp dance) and Mamma Mia! (ABBA songs.)