Will Gilligan's Island: The Musical Sail to Broadway?

News   Will Gilligan's Island: The Musical Sail to Broadway?
Producer Dianne Fraser has acquired the stage rights to Gilligan's Island: The Musical, based on the classic television sitcom of the same name, with plans to bring the musical to Broadway, according to Deadline.com.

Gilligan's Island, which was previously seen on a national tour in 2009, has a book by the late Sherwood Schwartz ("Gilligan's Island," "The Brady Bunch") and his son, Lloyd. Music and lyrics are by Schwartz's daughter, Hope Juber, and her husband, Laurence. According to Deadline.com, Fraser (Working at Chicago's Broadway Playhouse) was approached by the Schwartz family to bring the show to Broadway in 2013 or 2014. Tom Smedes, a producer of the Tony-nominated play Peter and the Starcatcher, is also attached to the project, which is on the search for a director.

Pamela Hall directed the 2009 tour, which featured Ryan Bates as Gilligan, Devin Elting as the Alien, Joshua Nicholson as Mr. Howell, Shaun Rice as Skipper, Danni Simon as Ginger, Kevin Grant Spencer as Professor, Alexia Tate as Mrs. Howell and Kate Venezia as Mary Ann.

Here's how the tour of Gilligan's Island was described: "Beginning with the #1 TV theme song of all time, Gilligan, The Skipper, Mary Ann, Ginger, The Professor, and The Millionaire and his wife are shipwrecked and trying to get off the island. Natural disasters befall them, hurricanes, quicksand, etc., as they learn to get along and survive. Their biggest challenge comes from the U.F.O. and its Alien, who monitors their behavior. By the end of the play, the castaways manage to defeat the extraterrestrial and save the entire planet, while staying marooned themselves."

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