'August Rush' Bound for Broadway

Freddie Highmore in "August Rush"
Warner Bros.

Freddie Highmore in "August Rush"

The new musical is adapted from the 2007 film about a music prodigy, which starred Freddie Highmore and Robin Williams.

Add another title to the long list of movies getting the musical makeover treatment.

The 2007 release, August Rush, which starred Freddie Highmore as an orphaned second-generation music prodigy who runs away from his foster home to find his parents, has been adapted for the stage by Glen Berger and Mark Mancina.

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Producers Southpaw Entertainment and CJ E&M announced on Tuesday (Nov. 25) that the Broadway-bound project will have a closed-door developmental industry presentation in New York on Dec. 9-10, directed by John Doyle. A Tony winner for the 2005 revival of Sweeney Todd, Doyle is currently represented on New York stages by the off-Broadway revival of the rarely produced Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, Allegro.

Cast for the workshop includes stage veterans Terrence Mann, Isabel Keating, Alexander Gemignani and Mark Jacoby. Sam Pinkleton will serve as choreographer, with Kimberly Grigsby (Spring Awakening, Here Lies Love) as musical director.

Berger, who wrote the book and lyrics, is known for his play Underneath the Lintel, and for his work on the troubled superhero musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. Mancina composed the music and co-wrote the lyrics. He won Grammy Awards for his work on the soundtracks to Disney’s The Lion King and Tarzan, and has composed numerous scores for film and television, including August Rush, Bad Boys, Con Air, Twister and Speed.

The film version of August Rush was directed by Kirsten Sheridan and written by Nick Castle and James V. Hart from a story by Paul Castro and Castle. In addition to Highmore, it starred Keri Russell, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Terrence Howard and Robin Williams.

No timeline has been announced for the potential Broadway production.

This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.


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