John Doyle Will Direct World Premiere of August Rush Musical at Signature Theatre

Regional News   John Doyle Will Direct World Premiere of August Rush Musical at Signature Theatre
Based on the film of the same name, the musical will begin performances at the Virginia venue in February 2019.
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John Doyle

Tony winner John Doyle (Sweeney Todd, Company) will direct the Signature Theatre world premiere of the new musical August Rush.

Adapted from the Oscar-nominated film, the musical will play February 5–March 3, 2019, in the MAX Theatre in Arlington, Virginia. The production will subsequently transfer to the Paramount in Aurora, Illinois, running April 24–June 2.

August Rush features music and lyrics by Mark Mancina (who scored the original film), a book and lyrics by Glen Berger, and orchestrations and additional music by David Metzger. Casting and additional creative team members will be announced at a later date.


In the new musical, a young concert cellist meets a rock star. Their romance is quickly torn apart by circumstance, but not before producing a son that neither parent knows is alive. Eleven years later, now a musical prodigy, their son searches for his birth parents in New York City.

“I’m excited about the development of this new and unique musical,” said Doyle in a statement. “The ‘hope’ that the story highlights is powerful. That, more than anything, is what attracted me to the material, and I’m honored to be a part of its journey.”

The original Warner Bros. film was directed by Kirsten Sheridan, written by Nick Castle and James V. Harts with a story by Paul Castro and Castle, and produced by Richard Barton Lewis. It starred Freddie Highmore, Robin Williams, Keri Russell, Terrence Howard, and Jonathan Rhys Meyers.

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