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‘Bull Durham’ musical coming to Alliance Theatre
by Staff Reports
December 11, 2013 11:11 AM | 2396 views | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print
“Bull Durham,” a new musical based on the 1988 film, which Sports Illustrated proclaimed the “No. 1 Greatest Sports Movie of All-time,” will premiere at the Alliance Theatre in Midtown in September, it announced Wednesday.

Directed by Kip Fagan, “Bull Durham” has a script by Academy Award nominee Ron Shelton (director and screen-writer of the movie) and music and lyrics by Susan Werner, whom the Chicago Tribune called “one of the most innovative songwriters working today.”

“Bull Durham,” loosely based on Shelton’s experiences on and off the field with a Minor League Baseball team, tells the story of three lives brought together by America’s two favorite pastimes. Veteran catcher “Crash” Davis has been brought to the Durham Bulls to prepare rookie Ebby Calvin “Nuke” LaLoosh, a hot rod pitcher with a “million dollar arm and a five-cent head,” for the majors.

Annie Savoy, self-appointed high priestess and muse of the Bulls, has a hard decision to make — every season she transforms one lucky player from an also-ran to an all-star by sharing with them her wisdom, experience and bed. The love triangle heats up quickly as each character struggles with their own desires and hopes for what the future holds.

The creative team also includes Emmy Award-winning choreographer Joshua Bergasse, Tony Award-winner Derek McLane (scenic design), Tony Award nominee Toni Leslie James (costume design) and Jason DeBord (music director).

Casting, additional creative team and a production schedule will be announced at a later date. Season tickets for the Alliance go on sale in February. All other tickets will go on sale in July.


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