Is Debbie Allen-Helmed Sammy Davis, Jr. Musical Broadway Bound?

News   Is Debbie Allen-Helmed Sammy Davis, Jr. Musical Broadway Bound?
A musical based on the life of the late Rat Pack crooner Sammy Davis, Jr. is aiming for Broadway in the near future.
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Variety columnist and blogger Army Archerd states that two-time Oscar winner Leslie Bricusse is attached to the project, which will present the life of Sammy Davis Jr. in musical form. Bricusse said that "Hairspray" film star Elijah Kelley (Seaweed) has been tapped for the choice role of Sammy with the blessing of Davis' widow, Altovise Davis. Debbie Allen – who currently stages the Broadway revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof – is also slated as the director for the project, according to Bricusse.

The latest Sammy Davis, Jr. bio-musical follows a line of productions including Sammy & Me and Mr. Bojangles, as well as numerous revues spotlighting the hit songs of the Rat Pack.

Sammy Davis, Jr. appeared in the Broadway productions of Golden Boy, Mr. Wonderful, Stop the World I Want to Get Off, and his original special Sammy. A singer, dancer, actor and comedian, Davis headlined across America and internationally, becoming synonymous with the songs he performed, including "What Kind of Fool Am I?," "The Candy Man," "Mr. Bojangles," "I've Gotta Be Me," and "Too Close for Comfort." His film appearances include "Sweet Charity," "Ocean's Eleven," "Robin and the 7 Hoods," and "Tap." He died May 16, 1990 in Beverly Hills, CA.

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