By Andrew Gans
04 Apr 2012
Directed by Jerry Lewis, the cast will be headed by Michael Andrew as Professor Julius Kelp.
“The film that I made in 1963 was so good that I decided to do a Broadway show. And there’s no better place to go to find out what you’ve got than Nashville. This musical will be spectacular for a couple of reasons. One, I’m directing it,” Lewis said in a statement. “Two, I have Michael Andrew, who is one of the best talents to come down the pike in 50 years. And I’m surrounding him with one of a kind creative people, like Marvin Hamlisch, Rupert Holmes, and me…After it’s over, give me a call and let me know if everything I said was spot on.”
"Music is truly an international language and it has the ability to bring people together like nothing else... except comedy,” added Hamlisch. “It's a thrill to be working with Jerry Lewis, a true king of comedy, and bringing this classic story to life on Broadway with music."
"Jerry Lewis has been my hero from boyhood, not only as one of the most gifted entertainers of all time but also as one of the grand masters of movie-making,” said Holmes. “To work with Jerry and the vivid cast of characters he created is a privilege and thrill beyond measure.”
Single tickets will go on sale April 27. However, groups and individuals who purchase season tickets to the 2012-13 HCA/TriStar Broadway Series at TPAC can purchase tickets now by visiting www.tpac.org/broadway, or by calling TPAC Subscriber Services at (615) 782-6560; (800) 410-4216 if you live outside the Nashville area. Patrons may also visit the TPAC Box Office at 505 Deaderick Street in downtown Nashville. For group tickets, call the TPAC Group Sales Office at (615) 782-4060.