Thursday, February 28, 2013

De Niro and Sondheim Working on New Broadway Musicals

Turning from the fictional trials on NBC's Smash of getting Bombshell on Broadway, here are some real Main Stem musicals in the embryonic stages:

A Bronx TaleShowBiz 411 says Robert De Niro is contemplating directing a musical version of A Bronx Tale, the one-man play by Chazz Palminteri which became a movie De Niro starred in and directed. Palminteri is writing the book. David Bryan of Bon Jovi who won a Tony for Memphis, is doing the songs and Sergio Trujillo is staging the dances. Trujillo's working on the currently touring Flashdance, which is expected on Broadway this summer.

Sondheim-Ives ProjectMichael Musto reports Stephen Sondheim--his Passion opens this week in an Off-Bway revival at CSC--is working with David Ives on a musical based on one of Ives' short plays.

Gloria/Emilio Estefan Musical: The Grammy-winning recording artist and her husband producer Emilio are developing a musical based on their lives.

Susan Stroman is committed to Big Fish and then Bullets Over Broadway.

Aladdin goes into the New Amsterdam in 2014 Also in the works are Houdini with Hugh Jackman; Diner with songs by Sheryl Crow; and The Prince of Broadway, which has been delayed a few times.

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