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New Details About 3 Broadway-Aimed Musicals

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New Details About 3 Broadway-Aimed Musicals
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New information has emerged about “Tuck Everlasting,” “Aladdin,” “and “Jekyll & Hyde,” three large-scale musicals that have their sights set on Broadway.

First, a new musical based on Natalie Babbitt’s popular children’s novel “Tuck Everlasting” will have a run at Boston’s Colonial Theatre this summer, a stint that is being billed as a pre-Broadway engagement. Dates for the New York production have yet to be announced, however.

Andrew Keenan-Bolger (“Newsies”) will star in the Boston production as Jesse Tuck, the producers announced Jan. 23. The cast also includes Sadie Sink and Tony Award nominee Carolee Carmello. With a score by “Burnt Part Boys” songwriters Chris Miller and Nathan Tysen and book by Claudia Shear, the musical follows a young girl who becomes friends with a family who have tapped into eternal life after drinking from a spring in the woods. As previously announced, Tony-winning “Book of Mormon” director-choreographer Casey Nicholaw is directing.

Casting director Bethany Knox of Telsey + Company cast “Tuck Everlasting.” The cast and creative team of a potential Broadway transfer have not been discussed, but Broadway talent like Bolger and Carmello seem likely to be part of the show’s future plans.

In addition to “Tuck,” Nicholaw is also directing and choreographing a stage version of Disney’s “Aladdin,” which is scheduled to come to Broadway’s New Amsterdam Theatre in 2014 after its own pre-Broadway engagement at Toronto’s Mirvish Theatre this fall, producers announced Jan. 22.

The Toronto production will run from Nov. 13, 2013, through Jan. 12, 2014. Casting has not been announced. Exact dates of the Broadway run are yet to be determined.

“Aladdin” has been adapted from a 90-minute Academy Award-winning animated feature film into a two-act musical with music by Alan Menken, original lyrics from the film by Tim Rice and the late Howard Ashman, and new book and lyrics by Chad Beguelin. Menkin told Playbill.com that the stage adaptation will include elements that failed to make it into the screen version, like three of Aladdin’s friends and a few early songs. (An earlier version of the show, also directed by Nicholaw, premiered at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre in 2011, but the new Broadway-bound production has “a new script, tunestack, and a wholly original design scaled to the Broadway stage,” according to Disney.)

At the end of its current national tour, Frank Wildhorn and Leslie Bircusse’s adaptation of the Robert Louis Stevenson story “Jekyll & Hyde” will stay put for a 13-week limited run this spring. Opening night is April 18 at the Marquis Theatre, changed from the previously announced Richard Rodgers Theatre.

The upcoming Broadway run marks the show’s surprising return to New York City, after an earlier 1997 production was critically panned and financially disappointing. But touring the country since October, with Constantine Maroulis (“Rock of Ages”) in the dual title role, the show has gained new popularity and is now even being developed as a movie musical.

Casting director Justin Huff of Telsey + Company handled casting in New York City, while CD Julia Flores was in charge of West Coast casting. The touring cast will come with the show to Broadway.

Kinky Boots” and “Big Fish,” two productions that debuted in Chicago as a precursor to the Great White Way, have also confirmed their Broadway runs.

Cyndi Lauper’s musical version of the film “Kinky Boots” will officially open in early April at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. Tickets have been on sale to the general public since November. The production is directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell, with a score by Lauper and book by Tony winner Harvey Fierstein.

“Big Fish” will hold its first preview Sept. 5, 2013, and will open on Broadway Oct. 6. The musical is directed by Susan Stroman, with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa and a book by John August. It is based on the novel by Daniel Wallace, which was made into a film in 2003.

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