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20 November 2006

High Fidelity

Below is a posting I just found about High Fidelity, one of the Top 5 greatest John Cusack films of all time. For those of you who got that last bit - rock on - for those of you who did not - read on... but first let me say that I am not sure how this is going to pan out as a Broadway show. Don't get me wrong - love the show and love Broadway but still, this isn't really set up to be done as a musical production. Stage production, possibly but not a musical. I found this article and thought it was worth a posting...

By Andrew Gans and Ernio Hernandez for Playbill.com
Will Chase, who was on Broadway this past season in the short-lived Lennon, will head the cast of the new Broadway-bound musical High Fidelity.

Chase, according to press notes, has been cast in the role of Rob, the "record store owner who knows almost everything about pop music, but almost nothing about how to hang on to a girl."
Additional casting for the romantic comedy, which is based on Nick Hornby's novel, will be announced at a later date.

Will Chase has starred on Broadway in Lennon, The Full Monty, Aida, Rent and Miss Saigon. His regional credits include roles in Assassins, Mame, Electra, Son of Fire, You’re Gonna Love Tomorrow and Trask & Fenn. He was also part of the star-studded concert version of The Secret Garden.

As previously announced, High Fidelity will play a pre-Broadway engagement in Boston before landing on Broadway in fall 2006.

Walter Bobbie (Chicago, Sweet Charity, White Christmas) will direct the new Tom Kitt, Amanda Green and David Lindsay-Abaire musical take on the Nick Hornby novel, which was also a film. Jeffrey Seller, Robyn Goodman, Kevin McCollum — the team behind the 2004 Tony Award-winning musical Avenue Q — will produce the new work.

High Fidelity follows the story of a record store owner (and constant Top 5-listmaker) who — when things in his current relationship go sour — revisits his former relationships to find where he went wrong.

The 2000 film reset the Hornby story in Chicago (rather than England) and starred John Cusack, Jack Black, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lisa Bonet, Tim Robbins and Lili Taylor. The musical will be set in New York.

Playwright David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole, Kimberly Akimbo, Fuddy Meers) will pen the book with music by composer Tom Kitt (Laugh Whore, Debbie Does Dallas) and lyricist Amanda Green (For the Love of Tiffany, Up The Creek Without A Paddle ).

The world premiere pre-Broadway production will play an out-of-town tryout engagement, Sept. 26-Oct. 22 at the Colonial Theatre as part of the Broadway Across America – Boston series. The show will then begin previews on Broadway in late November and open in early December at a theatre to be announced.

"The wit, humor and humanity of Nick Hornby's characters and story naturally lends itself to musical treatment," according to songwriters Kitt and Green. "It is a socially acute contemporary love story about people who are obsessed with, and define themselves by pop music and culture. The hero's life is a soundtrack and the big moments are songs."
Christopher Gattelli (Altar Boyz) will choreograph the musical. The design team for High Fidelity features Anna Louizos (set), Theresa Squire (costumes), Ken Billington (lighting) and Acme Sound Partners (sound).

Tickets for High Fidelity at the Colonial Theatre, 106 Boylston Street (near Tremont Street) in Boston, MA are available through Broadway Across America - Boston at (866) 523-7469. For more information, visit the website www.BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com.

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BettyMac said...

Say Anything... that was the best movie. I don't know if you will remember this or not... but I want to say you were with me (it was either you, Brandy or my cousin Tammy), but it was junior year (I think) and I had been dating Scott Gibbons over the summer and shortly after school started he gave me the heeve hoe. I was so upset, because I really liked him. Anyway, Say Anything was playing at the $1 movie at the Festival Center and we were going to the 9 o'clock show... walking in we ran into Scott and some of his guy pals. I was so shocked and scared and everything else a young girl feels that I couldn't say a word. All I could manage to say, after he said "hello" was "I'm going to see Say Anything." I wanted to kick myself, because I was hoping that if I ran into him in public, I'd be so cool and unbothered! Ha ha ha... oh the things we use to worry about! Thank goodness for unanswered prayers.

P88hBear said...

Yes, that was me... but we will always have English class where he fell asleep reading "The Grapes of Wrath" and woke up thinking he was falling and threw everything everywhere!!

Which was worse? Besides, for a girl it was cool... it would have been cooler if you hadn't told me to not say anything... LOL.

BettyMac said...

OMG! I forgot about him doing that in English class! You are right... that was way worse! How could you fall asleep listening to Mr. Richardson... those Levi's... that black leather vest... ;o)