By Adam Hetrick
01 Jul 2014
|Photo by Lee Cherry|
As previously reported, Bull Durham is written by the film's original screenwriter Ron Shelton, who has adapted his screenplay for the musical, which has music and lyrics by Susan Werner. The romantic story is set within the world of minor league baseball.
Kip Fagan (The Revisionist) will stage the production that opens the season Sept. 3-Oct. 5. Creative team members also include choreographer Joshua Bergasse ("Smash") and musical director Jason DeBord.
The cast will feature Will Swenson, Melissa Errico and John Behlmann.
Also announced is the world premiere of the new musical Tuck Everlasting, which was originally scheduled to play a pre-Broadway Boston engagement last summer. Producers announced last spring that they would delay the musical's Broadway arrival due to the lack of an available theatre during the 2013-14 season. It will now premiere Jan. 21-Feb. 22, 2015, in Atlanta.
Based on Natalie Babbitt's popular 1975 children's novel, Tuck Everlasting has a score by Burnt Part Boys songwriters Chris Miller (music) and Nathan Tysen (lyrics) and a book by Tony Award-nominated playwright Claudia Shear (Dirty Blonde).
Tony Award-winning Book of Mormon director-choreographer Casey Nicholaw (Aladdin, The Drowsy Chaperone) will stage the premiere that runs Jan. 21-Feb. 22, 2015. Producers are still hopeful that the work will have a future Broadway life.
According to the Alliance, "A young girl dreaming of adventure meets a family with a fabulous secret. Their chance encounter will change them all forever. Take an exhilarating journey you'll never forget in this new musical about everlasting love, never-ending life, and discovering what it means to truly feel alive. Based on the beloved, best-selling, award-winning novel by Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting comes to life on stage in a wholly original production."
The Alliance Theatre's season will also include Robert Harling's poignant comedy Steel Magnolias (Oct. 22-Nov. 9), helmed by Tony Award winner Judith Ivey, as well as world premieres by Atlanta-based playwright Pearl Cleage, U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, Phillip DePoy and Kendeda Playwriting Competition winner Tsehaye Geralyn Hébert.
For tickets, visit alliancetheatre.org.