The Man, New Musical About a Superstar and Manager, Aiming for Vegas Launch Prior to Broadway
13 Feb 2013
Producers of The Man, a new musical about the rise and fall of a fictional music-industry superstar, plan to open the work in Las Vegas, prior to Broadway, according to Variety.
Mark Lamica, a former business partner of the late Frank Dileo, who was Michael Jackson's manager, co-created The Man and will produce with Quincy Krashna, Jerry Greenberg and Larry Hart — all of whom played a part in managing Jackson's career.
The score will be made up of original tunes by artists Lamica has worked with in the music industry, and the musical is anticipated to be a big-budget spectacle, costing approximately $35 million.
The Man, a backstage tale told from the point-of-view of the superstar's manager, is described as a "dram-ical" (the title character will not sing, and most of the score will be performed by the "superstar" character).
Producers plan to open the show in a Vegas casino this fall or spring 2014, according to Lamica, for a limited run before a national tour and Broadway transfer.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.