The Nutty Professor Musical, Directed by Jerry Lewis, Will Debut in Nashville

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04 Apr 2012

Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis

The Nutty Professor, a new musical based on the famed 1963 Jerry Lewis film of the same name, will make its world premiere July 24-Aug. 19 in Nashville at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center's James K. Polk Theater.

Directed by Jerry Lewis, the cast will be headed by Michael Andrew as Professor Julius Kelp.

Read more about Jerry Lewis' theatrical history at the Playbill Vault.

The Nutty Professor features music by multiple Tony and Oscar winner Marvin Hamlisch (A Chorus Line) and a book and lyrics by three-time Tony Award winner Rupert Holmes (The Mystery of Edwin Drood).

The musical, according to press notes, "follows geeky chemistry Professor Kelp, who concocts a formula to turn himself into the ultimate heartthrob. Utilizing elements of classic comedy, the creators of The Nutty Professor are working to redefine what an American musical comedy can be—funny with a fabulous score and characters that resonate with the audience."



“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.