Secondhand Lions Musical Aiming for 2013 Seattle Debut
By Adam Hetrick
The new stage musical Secondhand Lions, based on the 2003 movie starring Michael Caine and Robert Duval, will debut at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre in August 2013, according to Variety.
Secondhand Lions has a book by Tony Award winner Rupert Holmes (The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Curtains) and a score by songwriters Michael Weiner and Alan Zachary. Weiner and Zachary's musical First Date debuted in Seattle last winter in a co-production between the 5th Avenue Theatre and A Contemporary Theatre.
"We are in discussions but we are not yet able to make an official announcement," representatives for the 5th Avenue told Playbill.com. Warner Bros. Theater Ventures is involved, according to Variety.
The musical received a New York reading earlier this year.
Tim McCanlies wrote and directed the film that centers on Walter, the teenage son of a flighty, floozy mother who, before setting out in search of a husband, deposits the boy on the doorstep of his mysterious great uncles Hub and Garth. While spending the summer with the two men, he learns what the duo did with their time when they disappeared for a long while during their youth.
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