Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Kung Fu Fighting and Finger Snaps

The unlikely-named Elephant Eye Productions is planning to bring two unlikely pop culture icons to the Broadway musical stage in the future.

First up: Bruce Lee: Journey to the West, a bio musical about the martial arts superstar that will feature a score by The Full Monty's David Yazbek and a book by M. Butterfly's David Henry Hwang; Bartlett Sher, a Tony nominee this year for the acclaimed South Pacific revival, will direct.

And if that wasn't odd enough, then how about this: it's creepy, it's kooky, it's The Addams Family musical (snap, snap)! Based on the cartoon creations of humorist Charles Addams (which also inspired the classic TV series and two feature films), this one will feature music by Andrew Lippa of The Wild Party fame.

UPDATE: Readings are being held this week (August 4-8) for The Addams Family. Casting includes Nathan Lane as Gomez, Bebe Neuwirth as Morticia and (perfect casting) Kevin Chamberlin as Uncle Fester.

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