Hedwig and Rock of Ages Creators at Work on Broadway Musical Adaptation of "King of Comedy"

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A musical adaptation of the 1982 Arnon Milchan film "The King of Comedy" is setting its sights on Broadway.

The musical is being created by award-winning composer and lyricist Stephen Trask (Hedwig and The Angry Inch) and Chris D'Arienzo (book writer of the Tony Award-nominated Rock of Ages).

The cult classic film, which was produced by New Regency and company founder Milchan and directed by Martin Scorsese, centered on a "desperate comedian who stalks and kidnaps a talk show host in an effort to land the TV appearance that will make his dreams come true," according to press notes.

Stephen Trask
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Comedian Jerry Lewis played the title role in the film. No casting for the stage version has been announced.

“We are very excited to have Stephen and Chris on board to bring this classic film, with its quirky characters and contemporary themes surrounding fame and celebrity, to the Broadway stage,” said New Regency’s Bill Weiner, who is overseeing the project, in a statement.

“I saw ‘King of Comedy’ in film class at Wesleyan and I still can’t get it out of my head,” added Trask. “To get asked by New Regency, one of the most consequential film companies ever, to make a musical with my friend Chris D’Arienzo, out of what might be the greatest movie ever, is one of the most exciting opportunities to come my way. And, we didn’t have to kidnap anybody to make it happen.”

D’Arienzo stated, “I am beyond thrilled to work with Stephen and New Regency to bring Rupert Pupkin’s toxic fantasy world to the stage. The film is an absolute classic and it is an honor to explore this timely and twisted view of ‘fame obsession’ with such talented and thoughtful collaborators.”

No timetable has been announced for the production.

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