BULL DURHAM is a new Broadway musical about America’s two favorite pastimes: love and baseball. Ron Shelton, writer and director of the Academy Award nominated film, has taken the “#1 Greatest Sports Movie of All-time” (Sports Illustrated), a romantic comedy about love and life in the minor leagues, and adapted it for the stage with music and lyrics by Susan Werner, dubbed by The Chicago Tribune as, “one of the most innovative songwriters working today” and hailed by Michael Feinstein as “that rarest of things - a composer who not only adheres to the traditions of the Great American Songbook, but also who adds great new songs to that Songbook with each project she writes. She's one of the most exciting talents in the country.”
BULL DURHAM is a romantic comedy about what happens when two people – minor league catcher Crash Davis and the game's number one fan Annie Savoy – find each other and come to realize that the game they’ve been playing is no longer the right one for them. Standing between them is the young “phenom” Nuke LaLoosh, a pitching prospect with “a million-dollar arm and a five-cent head” whom Annie takes under her wing and into her bed.
BULL DURHAM celebrates the spirit of love and sport in many varieties, with a southern fried score and a script that is sexy, funny, and full of characters who have become so iconic many fans believe they are real people. Crash, Annie, and Nuke have entered the lexicon of everyday conversation for millions of fans. Nuke's uniform is even on display at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.
BULL DURHAM will be directed by Marc Bruni, whose previous triumphs include the hit Broadway musical BEAUTIFULand choreographed by Emmy winner Josh Bergasse, fresh from his two-season stint as choreographer of the NBC TV series Smash. The design team includes Tony Award winners Derek McLane (scenery), Peter Kaczorowski and Alejo Vietti (costumes).
BULL DURHAM had its World Premiere at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, with a Broadway opening planned for the 18 – 19 Broadway Season.
THE PETRIFIED FOREST
Laura Stanczyk Productions is developing a new adaptation of THE PETRIFIED FOREST by Robert Sherwood. THE PETRIFIED FOREST first appeared on Broadway in 1935 starring Leslie Howard and a very young Humphrey Bogart. It was subsequently made into a film with Howard who only agreed to make it with the caveat the producers also bring Bogart to Hollywood to play the outlaw, Duke Mantee -launching one of the film careers of all time. Garry Hynes, the first woman to win a Tony Award for directing in the history of the Tonys is attached to direct. The company has been skillfully whittled down from 28 to 12 - in one act. THE PETRIFIED FOREST is a great ride for dreamers, outlaws and everyone who feels rest is just out of reach.