John Carrafa Confirms He Will Direct Beach Boys Musical

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John Carrafa will direct and choreograph the developing new Beach Boys musical. The Urinetown choreographer confirmed his involvement at the Jan. 18 closing party of that Broadway musical.

"It's my dream," he said. "I've always wanted to graduate to that small company of director-choreographers." He said he's been asking practical advice of directors he's worked with, including Urinetown's John Rando and Into the Woods' and Dirty Blonde's James Lapine.

There is no announced timetable for the Beach Boys musical, which will be produced by the Dodgers, the team that helped bring Urinetown to Broadway. "We're starting quiet and low-profile," said Carrafa, "like we did with Urinetown."

The Broadway-aimed show would be the Broadway directorial debut for the choreographer of Into the Woods, Dance of the Vampires and Urinetown.

As previously reported by Playbill On-Line, the new Dodger-produced show has an original book by Richard Dresser (Rounding Third, Below the Belt) and uses the songs of the Beach Boys. The plot, however, is not a biographical tale of the blond-mopped California band that celebrated cars, girls and surfing in the 1960s.

"It will be a new hybrid," Carrafa told Variety, "somewhere between Mamma Mia! and Movin' Out."

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