1953 WB pic adaptation returns to stage

NEW YORK — They’re billing it as a “Broadway musical,” even though “Calamity Jane” has never seen Broadway. Not yet, anyway.

Gerald Goehring and Paul Francis Burchett, in association with Douglas C. Evans, have secured the rights to present the stage musical “Calamity Jane,” which, of course, was originally a 1953 Warner Bros. movie starring Doris Day and Howard Keel as Martha “Calamity Jane” Canary and Wild Bill Hickock.

In the early 1960s, Carol Burnett and Edie Adams took turns appearing in a legit version that was adapted for the stage by Charles K. Freeman from the screenplay by James O’Hanlon. Recently it was seen in London, in a failed production starring pop star Toyah Willcox.

For the 2005 tour, Randy Skinner has revised the book. The Sammy Fain/Paul Francis Webster songs remain the same and include “Secret Love” and “Deadwood Stage.” Skinner, who choreographed the current “42nd Street” revival, also will direct.

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